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Cornerstone Cheese & Charcuterie Brings European Flair to Wayne


A Cornerstonebreakfast sandwich//Photo by Tessa Marie Images.

Cornerstone Cheese & Charcuterie is ahomecoming of sorts for Berwyn native Christine Doherty. Along with her husband, Nick Kondra, Doherty brings a European-influenced eating experience to downtown Wayne.

After spending significant stretches of their careers in Nantucket and Boston, they’ve rehabbed the former Yogo Sano space into a NorthernCalifornia-inspired gourmet market meets chef’s table.

Both 30-something chefs respect seasonality and quality—so much so that they’ve scoured the nation for the best culinary artisans and ingredients,versus taking the all-local approach. You’ll find charcuterie from Chicago’s Publican Quality Meats, top-notch cheeses from Vermont’sCellars at Jasper Hill, and luscious smoked Nova lox from New York’s Russ & Daughters. Curated cases of artisan meats and cheesesencourage patrons to grab and go. Those who want to stay can always score a counter seat.

On a recent weekend visit to this small BYOB, we dove into a perfect bowl of Castle Valley grits with grilled shrimp, rich in organic Parmesan andcrowned with a properly poached egg. Looking to score some elite smoked salmon, we also opted for the bagel and lox—built on a fresheverything, with capers, red onion and lemon crème fraîche.

For food lovers who don’t mind forking over $150 each, Cornerstone’s recurring Chef Series offers exclusive monthly dinners that feature nationallyrecognized culinary minds for aone-night-only multicourse meal.

1 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne, (610) 688-1888.