The Food Menu
Before we opened The Tasting Table we spent months scouring Hungary in search of the best cheese and charcuterie to pair with our wines. We visited farms, butchers, cheesemakers, markets, and artisan producers all over the country in search of the best cheese, charcuterie, foie gras, jams, and other delicious products. We are proud to source our cheese directly from the country’s finest artisan cheesemakers, and our charcuterie straight from farmers who we have gotten to know. Our signature cheese, charcuterie, and foie gras boards—which are served with fresh bread, assorted accompaniments, and hand-crafted artisan oils (such as pumpkin seed, walnut, and poppy seed)—are perfect complements our 200+ types of wine from around Hungary and the region.
Cheese—Our cheese selection includes an ever-changing range of local small-batch cow-, goat-, and sheep- cheeses. During the Communist era in Hungary, the art of cheesemaking, was nearly lost. These days hobby (as well as professional) cheesemaking is being re-discovered. Production is on a very small scale, but some of Hungary’s best cheesemakers have apprenticed abroad to learn the skills which they use to make a range of cheese, including many traditional Hungarian types. We have hard cheeses (which work equally well with white wines with high acidity and fruity reds), parenyica (a smoked and steamed cheese, which is woven into a spiral), soft ripened cheese (which we like to serve with crisp Hungarian rosé), mould-ripened mountain cheese (goes great with dry whites), and soft blue cheese (perfect with sweet Tokaji aszú).
Charcuterie and Foie Gras—Hungary is heaven for meat-lover’s, and the delicious range of charcuterie makes a perfect match with nearly any wine. Our selection includes several kinds of salami (some with paprika added, some with plum added, and some natural), mangalica pork sausages, free-range water buffalo salami, smoked duck and goose breast, grey beef sausage, goose cracklings, and more. Hungary is one of the world’s biggest foie gras producers, and we serve ours cold (in the traditional way), with some sweet accompaniments.
Artisanal Cheese Board
Mixed Cheese and Charcuterie Board
Mangalica Ham Board
Traditional Hungarian Spreads
Eggplant spread, ajvar, and goose crackling spread