Last weekend, my husband and I decided to take a little road trip to Norwalk, Iowa, to check out La Quercia Handcrafted Cured Meats, home of award-winning prosciutto. It probably sounds a bit strange to take an adult field trip to a meat curing facility, but I had somehow gotten the idea that they also had a small deli that sells sandwiches featuring their products. I was disappointedly wrong. It happens. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So, stomachs rumbling, we decided to drive North into Des Moines (luckily not a long drive) and try another place I have been wanting to visit, The Cheese Shop of Des Moines. I had stopped in there once before just to see what the shop was like, so I knew they served La Quercia products. It is a very small shop, but that just adds to its appeal. You can stop in and they will help you pick out meats, cheeses, spreads, wine and beer to take home or to a party, or you can sit down and order from their menu. My favorite thing about this shop is the knowledge that the owners and staff will share with you about the products.
Here is one of my favorite things about smaller food shops: as they bring other customers their food, you get to see it and hear the description of their choices.
But reaching over and asking if you can try their choices is not okay. Just sayin’.
So I accomplished my goal of enjoying some La Quercia prosciutto (left picture, far left) and trying a variety of their featured products, as well as some of my husband’s Burrata sandwich (HE allows me to reach over and try his food).
The Cheese Shop is located in a small strip mall on 42nd Street known as the Shops at Roosevelt along with several other shops/restaurants I love. The breads in the pictures above come from a neighboring shop called La Mie Bakery (try the olive ciabatta and the quiche) and Vom Fass (oils, vinegars and spirits). Talk about one-stop shopping (technically three stops but all in a row): bread, meat, cheese, spirits …
Oh and did I mention, The Cheese Shop offers picnic baskets?
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