Unique, American-made, handcrafted boards and more

By Brandy Gonsoulin

Some business ideas are conceived on the the back of a napkin. Others come to life when an inspired one-off concept proves itself so irresistible that it downright demands a larger audience. Suffice it to say American Heirloom didn’t go the napkin route. This online storefront has made a name for themselves by crafting patriotic-shaped and customizable cutting boards, cake stands, and other unique wood housewares—and it all started when two soon-to-say-I-do’ers came up with personal, handcrafted way to display cheese at their wedding.

Like the name implies, American Heirloom is a 100 percent made-in-the-USA company. Whether you’re from Texas or Rhode Island, you can have a board made to the unique shape of your state. And if your home can’t be pinned down to one region, American Heirloom also offers other patterned cutting boards, featuring specialty monogramming. Either way, it will be made from eco-friendly bamboo plywood, and crafted in their Brooklyn studio.

If you’re a baker, American Heirloom’s cake stands are a must for presentation, and come in either cake or cupcake size—because if you made a gourmet cupcake, that thing needs a throne. For home mixologists, the wood muddlers and stirrers will have you reevaluating your bar tools. Either way, American Heirloom knows the way to your heart, whether it’s through cheese, cake, and or martinis.
Word on the Street

  • Culinary queen Ruth Reichl featured American Heirloom boards on her blog in her 2011 Gift Guide.
  • The Texas and California cutting boards made a cameo on a Rachael Ray episode.
  • Food stylist favorite: American Heirloom’s unique housewares have gotten top photo credit placement in recipes shoots for InStyle and Food & Wine magazines.

Make a baller cheese board

Basic cheese boards are so 2010. Turn up your presentation with these easy to-do ideas:
  • Serve pre-bought chutney, jams, or honey in mini Mason jars.
  • Add fresh herbs like rosemary and fresh fruit like Champagne grapes, halved figs, or sliced pears for decoration.
  • Display marinated olives and cornichons in ramekins for a briny note.
  • Scatter Marcona almonds or other raw nuts across the board for texture and crunch.
  • Place grissini—those long, thin, crispy Italian breadsticks—in a jar next to the platter for height and snacking.