By Melissa Wynn

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes and nowhere showcases that truth better than Reno, the wedding capitol of our neighborhood. Whether you are planning a black tie, gala event or a simple affair your guests expect to eat, drink and be merry.  So, who will do the cooking?  Many brides and grooms believe they only need a caterer if they are planning a traditional sit down meal for hundreds. However, this is not the case. Most caterers happily handle any style or size wedding or other event, we were told by the ladies at Cheese Board Catering Company who cater throughout the Reno/Tahoe area.  Creative catering is the name of the game for Catering Coordinator Krista Phillips. As she explained to me, during our very tasty lunch at the Cheese Board’s Bistro, hiring a caterer can range from simple hors d’oeuvres dropped off at your venue, to a full wait and bar staff with an elaborate meal. Maybe a summer picnic fits your outdoor theme, the possibilities are as endless as a bride’s imagination according to Phillips, who added, “It’s your wedding, get some help and do it your way!”

The Reno/Tahoe  area is abundant with gorgeous wedding venues and a few of Cheese Board owner Debbie Branby”s favorites. Debbie’s picks include the historic Chism House, across from the Truckee River, sporting a pond, fountains and lush grounds to backdrop those everlasting photos. Perhaps you would prefer to say your ” I Do’s” in a  beautiful gazebo amid flowing fields of lavender at Reno’s lovely Lavender Ridge. Thunderbird Lodge, Lake Tahoe’s Castle In The Sky, is also on Debbie’s list of favorites, who told us the mansion and gardens are truly stunning.  Choosing a venue is an important step. It’s all about you and your  unique style.

Whether your tastes run to white-tie and tails or white shirt and blue jeans, only the best caterers will take the time to listen to your needs, create menus and motifs that move you, and implement them to perfection with their culinary talents. Debbie and Krista both welcome the opportunity to showcase their expertise in helping couples prepare for their unique wedding day and they encourage brides and grooms to interview caterers, do some tasting and start planning well in advance.

Your special day should be worry free so let the pros handle the details. Menus, wine and cocktails, tables and chairs, decor, floral and music can all be delegated to capable professionals. How easy is that? Plan early so you can thoroughly enjoy your big day!


Cheese Board Catering Co. • 247 California St. Reno, NV • 775-323-3115 •