35 Years, 35 Memories #3: Jacque’s Story

“I remember wandering into your shop in Arlington Gardens and being thrilled that there was a place that had wonderfully different cheeses!  And the owner was SO delightful!  I have been a happy customer ever since and have far too many wonderful memories to count!  Congratulations on 35 years, Debbie Branby!”

–Jacque M. Ewing-Taylor

I, too, have too many memories to count!  It was the support of loyal customers that kept me going in those first four years at Arlington Gardens. It was also where the seeds of becoming a caterer began, with Jacque being a supporter of that, too!




35 Years, 35 Memories #2: Sandy Macias Remembers


“When thinking of The Cheese Board, I immediately flash on a fresh, genial entrepreneur, Debbie Branby, in her first venue in Arlington Gardens. She’s dressed in a uniform with a crisp apron, eagerly taking my sandwich order — and educating me on cheeses beyond cheddar. Flash forward to 2016, and look at her now: from cheese and sandwich shop owner to the experienced caterer and restaurateur behind Reno’s favorite bistro. What a ride!”

–Sandy Macias

Sandy Macias is not only one of The Cheese Board’s earliest customers, she was also for many years a  food writer and editor at the Reno Gazette-Journal. During her tenure there, she covered many of the new cheeses and specialty food items we were bringing to the Reno area, along with events and tastings. Sandy and her husband, Sam, have become dear friends over the years. Lucky me!


35 Years, 35 Memories #1: The Cheese Board in 1981


Thirty-five years can go by very quickly! This month, we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of The Cheese Board by sharing stories and memories from me, customers, family, and our team. This whole process — collecting stories/memories —  has invited a lot of reflection on where we started, the people we have touched, the village it takes to keep a small business alive, and how we have evolved. It’s not earth-shaking stuff; we haven’t cured cancer, but we have had some happy impacts on many peoples lives, whether it was introducing someone to a delicious cheese, concocting a special sandwich that a customer eats three times a week, or that perfect (at least in the most important person of the day’s — the bride’s — eyes) wedding.

So here we go on my 35 year stroll down memory lane. Thank you for indulging me, and for your friendship  and support over the years.  And, yep, that’s me, on opening day in 1981 in my 200-square-foot cheese shop in Arlington Gardens, where it all began.

— Debbie

What Would You Like To See On Our New Website?


We’re getting ready to re-do the website for The Cheese Board, so we thought we’d ask the obvious question: What do YOU (our amazing and valued customer!) want to see in the new website?  To knock a couple things off of the list, YES, we are going to responsive web design, so you can surf on your phone or tablet, and yes, we are going to incorporate our new Instagram account, so you can see “hot off the grill” photos of our catered events, business lunches, weddings, and what-have-you. So there’s that. But if you’ve got a moment, we’d like to hear from you about the types of things you’d like to see (and yes, we’re moving the Daily Specials up so it’s one click to yumminess when you’ve got that Cheese Board craving! From all of us here at The Cheese Board, thank you for 35 fabulous years of sharing the joys of the table — and the joys of your life’s many celebrations — with us!

A Reno-Tahoe Party Catering Sampler from The Cheese Board in Reno







It has been a wonderful and fun holiday catering season for all of us at The Cheese Board Catering Company in Reno. This is a tiny sampler of all the yummy hors d’oeuvres and entrées we’ve cooked up for our clients and their guests this holiday season. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to our fabulous clients, our fantastic team at The Cheese Board, led by Chef Kaimi Coonrad, our front-of-the-house team led by Caitlin Fletcher, and our catering sales and service team, led by Krista Phillips (who, incidentally, also took all of these great photos at events this season!). From all of us at The Cheese Board, best wishes for a safe and satisfying holiday season, and Happy New Year!

Is your Reno business catering something special this season? Let the team with the “Hospitality Gene” make your next celebration a success!

Reno Holiday Party Catering 2014 Sparks, Lake Tahoe

This year, The Cheese Board Catering Company of Reno is putting a bow on 33 years of helping people in Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Carson City, Incline Village, and beyond celebrate the holiday season with amazing food, inspired drinks, and service beyond compare. How do they do it? You might say it’s in their DNA.

“It’s what I call “the Hospitality Gene,” says Debbie Branby, founder of The Cheese Board. “You either have it, or you don’t. Here at The Cheese Board, having the Hospitality Gene is a job requirement.”

In a nutshell, the Hospitality Gene is that unique combination of 1) being a “foodie” and getting joy out of great food and drink and sharing it with other people 2) being a “people person” and truly caring about making each person feel welcome and taken care of; and 3) being mindful that it is a great privilege to cater in people’s homes and businesses, and equally great care must be taken to leave them in even better shape than they were found in. The Hospitality Gene is what drives the catering team at The Cheese Board, led by Executive Chef Kaimi Coonrad, to absolutely “wow” clients, families, friends, and guests at the holiday parties, celebrations, and special events they cater throughout the Reno-Tahoe area.

“It’s really quite remarkable,” said Barbara B., a longtime client of The Cheese Board, “the difference in the quality and service delivery from one caterer to the next. When the food matters,” she added, “don’t waste your time. Call The Cheese Board.”

Beach Wedding Caterings at Tahoe – It’s What We Live For!

The Cheese Board Catering Company - Lake Tahoe Wedding Catering

Last weekend, Sandy and Ray, a very fun couple from San Francisco, had a beautiful wedding ceremony at a lakeside residence on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, and we at The Cheese Board Catering Company were delighted to be a part of it! (Thanks again to the bride and groom for inviting us to be a part of their Tahoe wedding day!) If you’ve ever dreamt of getting married (or renewing your vows) at Lake Tahoe, late summer is an absolutely gorgeous time to do it, with the warm breeze wafting through the trees, the smell of sugar pines, the gentle lapping of water on the shore, and the aromas of delectable foods exciting your appetite! Here at The Cheese Board Catering Company, we live for making weddings and other special events memorable from start to finish! As a matter of fact, we’re catering another Lake Tahoe wedding today, at the south end of McKinney Bay … and we can’t wait to share our photos with you!

The Cheese Board Catering Company - Lake Tahoe Wedding Catering

The Cheese Board Catering Company - Lake Tahoe Wedding Catering

The Cheese Board Catering Company - Lake Tahoe Wedding Catering

The Cheese Board Catering Company - Lake Tahoe Wedding Catering

The Cheese Board Catering Company - Lake Tahoe Wedding Catering

The Cheese Board Catering Company - Lake Tahoe Wedding Catering

The Cheese Board Catering Company - Lake Tahoe Wedding Catering

Artful Food For Artown & Summer Fun in Reno/Tahoe!

A lot of folks know The Cheese Board has been catering Reno-Tahoe events since 1981. But what a lot of folks don’t know is that we don’t just cater fancy events at people’s homes or businesses. We also love helping folks out when they want to add a little something special to their party or when they need something yummy but don’t have time to cook. That’s why we have a whole bunch of special entrées and delicious menus for people who need catering and who just happen to be on the run. Sound familiar? So for all those summertime (and early fall!) events and out-of-door gatherings that make Reno-Tahoe so great, we’ve got house-made entrées, soups, salads, sides, and desserts to match. And, we package them right out of the oven into handy carry-and-serve containers (all 100 percent recycled and recyclable, because it’s a small, delicate planet we all share). For more information, call Krista Phillips at ext. 105 or Debbie Branby at ext. 104 today! One more thing: The photo shown here is really our food, and it really was shot by the amazing photographer, Jeff Dow of Reno, Nevada. Bon appetit!