Kathy’s idea for Verdello began with searching for great tasting truffle oil. While on a trip to Austria, Kathy visited her first Oil & Vinegar shop and she instantly became enamored by the concept. Beautiful oils and vinegars were stored in glass containers and poured straight from the containers into bottles you could take home. The oils and vinegars were pure, simple, and delicious, especially the truffle oil. Back home she had not been able to find truffle oil that tasted quite right. Laden with bottles of oils and vinegars, and new ideas, Kathy returned home in search for the perfect truffle oil. She has found the truffle oil she long searched for and now has brought it to Sheridan.
Prior to Verdello, Kathy owned and operated Cottonwood Shop. After “retiring” and selling Cottonwood to another Downtown enthusiast, she yearned to return to the community of Downtown Sheridan and to introduce something new. Remembering her search for the perfect truffle oil, Kathy, and her husband Mark, began pursuing their own Oil & Vinegar shop believing the shop would compliment established local businesses like Cottonwood Shop.
Kathy’s love of cooking stems from her family. Some of her favorite memories are going to Trapper Creek outside of Shell, Wyoming with her dad to hunt for wild watercress and mushrooms. They would later add the watercress to his bean dish he’d make with his roasted pig. Her dad also made and sold his own BBQ sauce, Trail Sauce #1 and Trail Sauce #2. With her mom, she remembers making Chiburekki, a German recipe passed down through the generations. Kathy has continued this tradition with her own family. With her spearheading, she and her family search out new flavors, new combinations, and learn the dishes’ history and culture. They rarely stick to one cuisine and are always on the search for something new to try.
Kathy is excited to bring you on this endeavor with her and show you how fun, delicious, and simple cooking can be. Since opening the store, Kathy has completed a training at Murray’s cheese in New York and her WSET Level 1, Sommelier Introductory course.