Karreno Alexanyan
Small Business Owner, Chief Charcuterie Officer (CCO)

Can you tell us a little about what you do?
My name is Karreno Alexanyan and I’m the owner of Charqute, a charcuterie and cheese-boarding company. At Charqute, we specialize in using a variety of foods to create beautiful and artistic arrangements that come in a board, box, cone, or on a table. The goal is to create an experience that is both visually stunning and delicious, providing a unique way to enjoy a range of different foods.

How did you first become interested in art and design?
As a kid, I loved experimenting with different foods and seeing how they could be combined to make something beautiful. As I got older, I decided to take this passion to the next level by creating “Art in a Box” in the form of charcuterie and cheese – a unique way of arranging food that’s both delicious and visually appealing. With each creation I strive to achieve a perfect balance of colors, textures, and shapes, so that every bite is a treat for the senses.

How does art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can engage with art in Burbank?
Art has the power to transform a community in many ways, inspiring creativity and imagination, fostering unity, and improving the overall quality of life. In Burbank, art can create a sense of identity and pride, attract visitors, and boost the local economy. I primarily focus on Burbank and surrounding communities with my business as a charcuterie board educator and artist, offering local in person and virtual classes through which I share my passion for food art. My classes create a welcoming and inclusive environment that fosters creativity and healthy food relationships. My goal is to teach the necessary skills and knowledge to make visually stunning charcuterie boards.

If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
Many artists fear displaying their art until it’s flawless, but I believe that perfectionism is a hindrance to learning. Sharing one’s work without overthinking is vital. The outcome may be breathtaking or not, but that’s alright since the process itself and the learning experience are what counts. Posting on social media or showcasing the art-making process can also aid in discovering new opportunities and selling artwork at various galleries and museums.

To find out more about Karreno and his work, visit charqute.com, follow Charqute on Tiktok or Charqute on Instagram.