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slate cheese boards with soapstone chalk

by Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka $5.50 - 29.00

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Slate of the Art

You'll want to go back to the drawing board when you can hone your knowledge of artisanal cheese on this striking slate platter that doubles as a chalkboard. Created by Brooklynites (and self-described foodies) Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka, they source their gorgeous pieces of natural slate from Kristy's third-generation family quarry in upstate New York. After using the material as trivets and coasters in their own home, the duo discovered that this distinctive, organic surface also makes a stunning backdrop for cheeses & hors d'oeuvres. Plus, the lovely, dust-free soapstone chalk pieces let you clearly label your wedges, crumbles, and slices, so guests will never pull a dreaded foodie faux pas—like mixing up the brie with the camembert! Boards are available in red or black and possess a one-of-a-kind natural edge. Packaged with a burlap bag alongside chalk and anti-slip padded cork feet.

Visit our blog to see the Slate Cheese Board Styled 3 Ways or take a studio tour and see inside Sean and Kristy's work space!

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Made from
jute twine, cork, burlap, card stock, soapstone, slate
10" L x 14-16" W x .375" H; Replacement Chalk: 5" L x .5" W
Food safe. Soapstone, chalk, crumbs, and liquids wipe off easily with a damp sponge or towel. The cheese boards can also be washed with a sponge and dish soap. Boards that do not have cork feet on the bottom are dishwasher safe.
In order to preserve your slate cheese board for years to come, wipe it down with a drop or two of food grade mineral oil twice a year. Mineral oil helps protect the integrity of the slate and maintains a slightly polished look.
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Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka

After visiting Parsons graduate students' Kristy Hadeka's family slate quarry in upstate New York in the spring of 2009, her and Brooklyn graphic designer grabbed a few pieces for use as all purpose boards back home in Brooklyn. They found a number of purposes for the slate - as trivets for tea kettles and hot dishes to coasters for beers - and began gifting pieces to friends. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that the two struck out to produce a line of slate products.

They now make regular trips to their family quarry in upstate New York to hand pick our favorite pieces of black and red slate. Some of their slate is sourced from the quarry "graveyard", or collection of odd shaped pieces that were ultimately destined to be ground for use as road cover or baseball diamonds.

They then transport the pieces to their=r studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where they do additional cutting and clean the stone to be food safe. In order to achieve the rough look of their unfinished pieces, they chip the edges with a slate cutter and other tools.

They finally assemble the packaging in small batches. Every single piece of packaging that comes with their products - from the envelope to the burlap bag - can be repurposed for other uses.

Visit our blog to take a studio tour and see inside Sean and Kristy's work space!

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