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Behind the scenes

Debbie Branby, Owner
Debbie has enjoyed a lifetime love affair with food and wine. She grew up cooking alongside her grandmother and mother as the family moved from Spokane to San Diego and finally to Reno, Nevada in the early 1970s. After college, she lived in San Francisco and California’s wine country, both of which clearly influenced her sense of culinary style. After moving back to Reno in 1980, Debbie opened a specialty wine and cheese boutique called The Cheese Board & Wine Seller, which has evolved over the years into a popular lunch restaurant and catering company. In recent years, Debbie has served as a director on the board of the National Caterers Association and the International Caterers Association. In 2004, she was invited by fellow board member Frank Puleo of New York’s Framboise Catering to learn about world-class corporate catering at the Athens Olympics, where Puleo was managing events for major sponsors of the games. Through the years, Debbie’s love of fine food, wine, and travel have taken her to the far corners of America, Europe, and the South Pacific.

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The Cheese Board was selected 2010’s “Best Caterer” by RENO Magazine