A foodie event to whet the Appetite

Ros Arksey (left) and Clare Tollick
Ros Arksey (left) and Clare Tollick

It was a night designed to get the tastebuds tingling – a gourmet showcase of Sheffield produce complete with demonstrations and plenty of samples.

The first meeting of the new Appetite club had city foodies crowding into Fusion Organic Café by the dozen. It was organised by bloggers Clare Tollick (@FeastAndGlory) and Ros Arksey (@Nibbly_Pig), who met and bonded over Twitter.

They signed up the cream of Sheffield’s food producers, talked Fusion into lending its premises and launched the idea largely by word of mouth.

“We’re quite overwhelmed by the response,” said Clare, a legal executive by profession. “The first event has gone really well and we’re already planning the second.”

The Appetite line-up featured a producer for each meal – starting with breakfast and a sausage-making demo from Moss Valley Fine Meats.

Elevenses combined a talk from Teabox’s Kirsty Munro with a moist pear and ginger cake made by Fusion pastry chef Komal Khan. While lunch of pork pie from Crawshaw’s came with home-made chutneys from Worrall-based Just Preserves and was followed by an afternoon snack of pasties from Fusion.

Dinner featured a delicious warm egg and kale salad with lemon dressing from Whirlow Hall Farm. And dessert of affogato was a joint effort combining Our Cow Molly ice cream and smoky Ethiopian coffee from Tamper.

The evening finished with a food quiz. Donations of £5 covered nominal costs and the surplus was split between the Bluebell Wood Hospice and the Archer Project. For details of future events, visit: www.appetite-sheffield.co.uk.

Lesley Draper