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GIVEAWAY: Granite Cheese Board

Do you love to entertain? I do, and one of the things I enjoy the most is looking for different ways of presenting my hors d'oeuvres. These one-of-a-kind granite boards, created by Roman Borisenko in North Carolina, are a great and unique way to serve them. Being an environmentally conscious guy, Roman uses repurposed pieces of beautiful and unused granite slabs with his growing collection of wine corks to create these very special cheese platters. The cool thing about a granite board (no pun intended), is that it will keep your cold appetizers chilled for a longer period of time — especially if you refrigerate it before using it.

(Drum roll) Roman is graciously giving one fortunate reader the chance to win one of his lovely granite boards (pictured above). He is also offering a 15% discount to all of you when purchasing any of his boards at his Etsy shop and entering the special code DESIGNER15OFF. So let's give Roman, and his wife Aleksandra, a round of applause for this fantastic freebie. Thanks guys!

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YOUR LAST CHANCE TO ENTER: This Sunday, March 6th at 8:00 pm EST.
THE RULES: Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to U.S. and Canada residents :( Only ONE entry per e-mail address is permitted. The lucky winner will be selected by, and will be announced on Monday, March 7th as an update to this post. So don't forget to check back to find out if you're the lucky one to be using this stunning cheese board in your next party.

Reader Comments (25)

My favorite way of entertaining is with a dessert party -- desserts don't require the same timing as a dinner party and are fun to eat while mingling :)
One of my favorite ways to entertain is to have a couple of different kinds of Sangria for guests to try with light appetizers.
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa M.
What a neat idea! I love to entertain, especially in the spring and the fall when the evenings are cool and my friends and I can enjoy each other's company on the patio or around the fire pit.
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTera
My favorite way to entertain is with simple, easy appetizers that can be made ahead of time. That way I can enjoy the company too!
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Wifler
Once a year, in the autumn, I throw a "Booze and Bonbon" night for my girlfriends. We're all Moms of young kids, so this is a very pleasant adult way to spend an evening. We all bring a great bottle of wine and a very decadent dessert. I live in New England, so natural Fall materials are all around with which to decorate and accent my table. Although I throw several very large family dinners throughout the year, this chic, intimate evening is the one I look forward to.
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
My favorite way of entertaining is to create a tapas bar (with tons of wine, of course!) so guests can graze through a whole meal, and socialize, at the same time.
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersabrina
I want it!
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArmando Correa
My favorite way is to cook up a storm, invite my closest friends and then feed them lots of good food and drink lots of good wine!

I'm loving the board... every single one of them!
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
Our favorite way to entertain is to buy a mixed case of wine that usually has a theme (Spanish wines, for instance) and invite all of our friends over for food and a tasting! We've even put together little presentations for everyone so they can see where the wine came from and see the winemaker's tasting notes to compare with their own. It's always a blast, and one of those cheese boards would look perfect at our next one!
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy
My favourite way to entertain is to have over close friends that don't really know each other and make everyone into one big happy family. I always use it as an excuse to try a new elaborate recipe, which I think is probably a terrible idea, but what the heck!
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaity
Beer night. Everybody who comes brings a case of beer from different countries and we make a few tasty beer munchies.
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Whenever we entertain cheese and wine are ALWAYS involved. I think I could live on cheese and wine...and bread! Couldn't you? And how fabulous are these granite cheese boards? Wow, I would LOVE one!
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDayna
I love entertaining around a party theme!
Mar 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
If there is something that I enjoy a lot since I live in NY is to have my friends over. Cheese, wine, crackers, and good music accompanied by an intense conversation, make me want to have them in my apartment all the time. I trully enjoy to fix the house, setting the table with cups, plates with snacks, and everything else. Is very rewarding when they are amazed by how nice my table look. Love It!!!
Mar 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarole
I love to have a bunch of different appetizers and lots of drinks! Many of my friends are vegetarian, so cheese is a staple :P

Entertaining around a theme is always fun too!
Mar 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess K
I love to entertain with themes! We pick a theme based on event or a other occasion and make it work for all aspects of entertaining-drinks meal decor ect.
I am following on networked blogs twitter and google friend connect!
Mar 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda B.
I enjoy entertaining with dinner followed by a game night. Oh and dessert! :)
Mar 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike C
My favorite way to entertain is on the back deck. My husband does the grilling while I do the rest of the spread. We have seating for 8 and we have breath taking views of the mountains here in East TN. The kids run and play in the back yard while the adults get to chat! I can't wait for summer!!
Mar 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLesley
we love to cook with our friends - prepping is part of the entertainment... cheese is always a big part
My favorite way of entertaining is outdoors on my tiny patio. My apartment is very small and I love to keep everyone outdoors in chairs enjoying my mini urban garden, listening to music, playing cards and eating snacks.
Mar 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReese

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