Would I buy special seeds, wrestle with spiny green monsters, and individually prep dozens of tiny cucumbers just so I could make something I could buy in a store? Of course I would. And you can too! Also, pate.
The dinner blew my guests away. It also told a story. The photos made it, barely. And the charcutepalooza experience was an initiation ritual, taking me from mere observer into a new world of meaty knowledge and appreciation.