Last weekend, Valley Cheese and Wine celebrated its second anniversary. Quite a feat for a store tucked into a back corner of an obscure shopping center at the far edge of town. Maybe its success has to do with the fact that it has the best selection of cheese, salumi, charcuterie, specialty foods and obscure-yet-bargain-priced wines in town. That, and it also has Bob Howald and Kristin Sande as owners — famous fromagerie folks who are always on Forme, have a great Tomme de Savoie together, and don’t ever lait down in their quest to fromage-i-fy the world. The Brindamour between them is so palpable, they may brie the cheesiest couple in town.
Many thanks to Kristin and Bob for raising Las Vegas’s cheese IQ, and for bringing Debra Dickerson in for their celebration to expound on the the glories of Cowgirl Creamery cheeses and Jasper Hill Farm’s clothbound Cheddar last Sunday. A good-n-cheesy time was had by all.