Category Archives: 35 Years of Yumminess

35 Years, 35 Memories #13/14: Engagements

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Lori Bullard writes: “My husband and I met for the first time at the Cheese Board. It was twenty years ago on the Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday. At that time, they were open for breakfast and we both stopped in for respective business meetings. At the end of his meeting he came over to our table and said, “How do you guys rate? You got to have breakfast with this pretty lady and I had to have breakfast with these two ugly guys” (referring to his clients). Everyone laughed and he walked out the door. As he was passing by the big window in front of the restaurant, I actually thought to myself, “There could be my future husband just walking away…”. I asked the staff working that day if anyone knew who he was. They came up empty, no clue.


Two weeks later I bumped into one of the staff members while Christmas shopping at Meadowood. She told me the guy I asked about the other morning stopped in recently and left his business card. He requested, “If you see her come in again, please give her my card and have her call me.” I did and the rest is history.


Eighteen months later we were engaged. It took about a week to get my engagement ring setting back from the jeweler. When it was ready, Rich suggested he present it to me at the place we met. Attached is a token photo taken that very happy special day. I have been a loyal customer all these years. I would have had them cater our wedding, but we were married out of town. The Cheese Board has impeccable service and I always leave with a happy belly. This place will continue to have a sentimental place in my heart. Congratulations on 35 Years!!”

Jamie Krahne writes: “My favorite memory … meeting my soon-to-be husband, Joe Kulikowski, at The Cheese Board. We were both having lunch (separately) and noticed each other. Almost five years later, we eat there at least once a week (usually more) and are getting married next month.”

Such a great memories and we love being a part of their lives. Love the photo of Lori and Rich!
–Debbie

35 Years, 35 Memories #11: Meet The “Cobbettes”

Sometimes you just become part of the family. I’ve known Bill and Cathy Cobb for all of my adult life and therefore, all of their children’s lives. Known by me as the Cobbettes, these kids, now adults, are a precious part of my personal and business life. I am so delighted that they shared their “Debbie’s Place” memories with me. — Debbie

Jen
“There are so many great memories of The Cheese Board that it is hard to pick just one. I know I began my love of SporTea at The Cheese Board as well as for delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. In fact it is still a tradition for any Cobb who eats at The Cheese Board to take pix and send to the rest of the family for the sole purpose of letting them know they missed out!”

Michelle
“It took me until I was in high school to realize the actual name of The Cheese Board. I always thought it was called “Debbie’s.” Our family always said “let’s go to Debbie’s for lunch today.” We still do but I learned that I should use the official name for others after telling my friend to meet me at “Debbie’s on California Ave.” This was before cell phones so she was driving up and down the street trying to look for the restaurant to meet me for lunch. Whoops!

I love the friendly atmosphere as soon as you walk in. The staff are always so friendly and remember you. One even knows I love goat cheese and always offers to swap the cheese on the special for goat cheese. So sweet. Debbie also knew how much I love the carrot cake there. I usually hate carrot cake but love hers. So, when I go, I order a chocolate chip cookie for my appetizer and then have carrot cake for dessert. I was pleasantly surprised at my high school graduation when The Cheese Board catered the party and Debbie made sure to bring me my very own carrot cake so I wouldn’t have to share with anyone.

It’s also so nice to see Debbie walking around and speaking to the customers, checking in on their family, friends and lives. Actually I have never felt like a customer, but more like family.

Now, as the only sibling currently living in Reno, it is my duty to take photos of my lunch (including the chocolate chip cookies) and send to my siblings to make them jealous. It brings me such satisfaction to rub it in!”

Ryan
I would say that the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are pretty much heaven on earth. I love those turkey sandwiches and focaccia and … everything!

The fact that it’s been Reno’s go-to place for catering in pretty much the only important time frame of Reno’s history (i.e., my life) is also pretty sweet. But what is really cool is how we don’t call it The Cheese Board but we call it Debbie’s 🙂 which pretty much sums up how close we are with it (and how she always knew she had catering reserved for Manogue graduations even before Mom reserved it. One time someone called up months in advance for reservations but Debbie said no because she knew mom would need us catered!).

I’m hungry now…

Chris
I will never forget as a little kid the Oranges and Sourdough Bread that I would only order (yes, that was my entire meal) … awesome they had that personal meal for me and damn was it good!!!!!!!!!!!!

Like I have said before, lucky me to have these wonderful people in my life. Good job Crush!!

Thanks for the memories, Cobbettes, and for sharing your lives with all of us at The Cheese Board! –Debbie

35 Years, 35 Memories #7: Katie Recollects

A couple of months ago, I was having dinner with friends, one of whom was one of our longest-serving members of The Cheese Board team (family not included, my darling sister Krista!). This particular friend told the story of how, when she was nine years old, she would come into The Cheese Board with her mother and buy string cheese or the famous chocolate cream cheese (yum!).  She later came to work with us in The Cheese Board bistro and at catered events, and even modeled for our postcard mailings! Sometimes you just don’t know how you touch people’s lives, but I do with Katie Menante Anderson.  She’s now all grown up, has children, a great job with WCSD, and when it comes to cutting cake at school events, she’s the pro they turn to! Katie, thanks so much for sharing your memories and many talents with us over the years!

–Debbie