Wednesday, May 18, 2022     Volume: 23, Issue: 11
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Santa Maria Sun / Eats

Charcuter'Dee and Fromagerie celebrates second anniversary and preps for Valentine's Day orders

CALEB WISEBLOOD


NIFTY NUMBERS
Santa Maria local Deanne Carrisosa, owner and founder of Charcuter’Dee and Fromagerie, loves creating custom orders for celebratory events, including these special age-themed boxes shaped like numbers for birthday parties.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARCUTER’DEE AND FROMAGERIE

When it comes to assembling the perfect charcuterie display, Deanne Carrisosa likes to think outside the box. The Santa Maria local described the way she organizes her boxes and boards as “all over the place,” and said many of her final products end up looking more like colorful paintings than symmetrical assortments.

It can be tough to stand out as a Central Coast-based charcuterie business, as there are many wonderful options in the area, said Carrisosa, the owner and founder of Charcuter’Dee and Fromagerie. So it’s important for her to let her personality shine through her work.

Even when her clients make strict customizations, Carrisosa will often persuade them to embrace one of her own personal recommendations, especially if it’s something they haven’t already tried.

“I always—especially with repeat customers—try to encourage adding something that they’ve never tried before. And they’ll usually call back and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, that was so good!’” Carrisosa said.


Meat and greet
Find out more about Charcuter’Dee and Fromagerie at: facebook.com/charcuterdeeandfromagerie. As a participant in Santa Maria Valley’s Restaurant Month, Charcuter’Dee and Fromagerie is currently offering a mid-sized charcuterie box for $20.22, now through Feb. 13.

“That’s kind of where I find my greatest pleasure,” she added. “It’s really nice to see people expanding a little bit on that.”

One of Carrisosa’s favorite examples of this was convincing a customer to take a chance on goat cheese. 

“She said, ‘Absolutely no goat cheese, zero.’ And I was like, ‘Are you sure?’” said Carrisosa, recalling the large order, tailored for a party the client was hosting. “I was surprised she even tried it.”


BOXING BUSINESS
Charcuter’Dee and Fromagerie caters for events—weddings, business functions, fundraisers, private picnics, etc.—and serves clients all along the Central Coast, including outside Santa Barbara County. The company’s list of assortment options is extensive, and orders can be customized to be gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARCUTER’DEE AND FROMAGERIE

Shortly after the catered event, which did include goat cheese as recommended, the client made sure her next charcuterie order included said cheese as well. 

Carrisosa’s epiphany to start her own charcuterie business came about while she was coming up with ways to raise funds for her son-in-law, who was recovering from injuries from a severe car collision at the time.

She wanted to find something she could make and sell herself, to give donors something in return for their support. 

“I was just sitting down one day and I thought, ‘Ah, cheese boxes!’” said Carrisosa, who regularly prepared plates of different sliced cheeses for herself and her family.

Carrisosa’s cheese box idea evolved into a full-fledged charcuterie box, with walnuts, almonds, delicatessen meats, seasonal fruit, honey, crackers, chocolates, and more. After the fundraiser, requests for more charcuterie boxes didn’t stop, so Carrisosa decided to just run with it.

In January of 2020, Carrisosa founded her business and christened it with a perfectly punny moniker: Charcuter’Dee and Fromagerie. Since then, her catering and home delivery service has grown bigger than she ever imagined. She celebrated the company’s second anniversary/birthday on Jan. 17.


SAY CHEESE
When it comes to making her own box or board to enjoy for herself, it’s really all about the cheese, Deanne Carrisosa said. “I really like cheese, so I kind of lean toward that route and fruit, versus the meat. There’s so many good cheeses.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARCUTER’DEE AND FROMAGERIE

“I totally blew off our first birthday and forgot about it,” said Carrisosa, who admitted she forgot to commemorate the occasion last January, but is excited to offer a celebratory promo this year.

As a proud participant in Santa Maria Valley’s Restaurant Month, Carrisosa is offering her mid-sized Second Anniversary Box for $20.22. The offer runs through Feb. 13—just a day before one of her company’s busiest holidays of the year.

“It’s just so slammed now, with Valentine’s Day, and the Super Bowl, and then wedding season,” said Carrisosa, who enjoys creating themed boxes depending on the holiday or occasion—Halloween, birthday parties, you name it.

While based in Santa Maria, Charcuter’Dee and Fromagerie caters for events—weddings, business functions, fundraisers, private picnics, etc.—and serves clients all along the Central Coast, including outside Santa Barbara County. Everything Carrisosa offers is completely customizable, and her extensive items list includes gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.

When it comes to making her own box or board to enjoy for herself though, it’s really all about the cheese selection, she said.


COLORFUL CHARCUTERIE
Deanne Carrisosa described her assortment style for many of her charcuterie packages as “all over the place,” and she often avoids lining up her items symmetrically, in favor of more abstract, colorful patterns.
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHARCUTER’DEE AND FROMAGERIE

“I really like cheese, so I kind of lean toward that route and fruit, versus the meat. There’s so many good cheeses,” said Carrisosa, who was born and raised in Santa Maria, where she continues to live today with her family and German shepherd (who inspired Carrisosa’s line of ‘Bark-uterie’ packages made specially for dogs).

Carrisosa can even remember life in Santa Maria before the mall was built.

“I was 8 when the mall went up; I remember the post office over there and the old movie theater,” she said.

The lifelong local hopes Charcuter’Dee and Froamgerie will eventually lead to her having her own brick-and-mortar shop someday, either in Santa Maria or possibly Old Town Orcutt.

“My end goal in doing this is to have a little cheese shop,” Carrisosa said. “That’s my endgame.”

Arts Editor Caleb Wiseblood wants to know your favorite charcuterie inclusions at cwiseblood@santamariasun.com.










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