Cheese might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Reno, Nevada, but on a recent trip through the area, I heard from cheesemonger Courtney at the local Whole Foods about a new cheese shop that was opening in the neighborhood known as Midtown, an area just south of the main strip that is rapidly evolving into a little foodie mecca, with restaurants, boutiques and cafes opening up and down the block. It turned out that I was just a wee bit early; Wedge, A Cheese Shop was setting to open Tuesday the 24th, but I was flying out Monday! Fortunately, owners Peter and Laura were kind enough to invite me in to check out the space despite their being in the last-minute tornado of activities before the big day and the shelves and cheese cases still being set up.
Laura Conrow and Peter Burge, the co-owners of the shop, have deep roots in the West Coast food scene and have been involved with cheese on many levels, including, for Laura, as one of the organizers of the California Artisan Cheese Festival, and bring a deep knowledge of and familiarity with the cheeses of the region.
Wedge will have cheese, charcuterie and everything else you might need for a proper cheese plate in the Nevada desert or Sierra mountains. When I asked Laura about Nevada cheese makers, she said the state still had some catching up to do, especially when compared to the cheese strongholds of California and Oregon just across the border, but that there would be locally produced Mexican-style cheeses on the shelves and hopefully more in the future (aspiring cheese makers take note: Nevada is ripe for development).