It must have the best name of any food club around the country.
But Homage2Fromage is more than just a slice of pun fun to raise a smile.
The award-winning cheese club now draws in some 50 people a month to its informal and unpretentious monthly meetings, held in Sheffield at Tamper Sellers’ Wheel in the city centre.
Last week the club celebrated Irish cheese ahead of St Patrick’s Day - and diners heard all about the revival of artisan cheese in the country after rationing during World War Two led to a major focus only on massive amounts of cheddar being produced.
Club co-founder Vickie Rogerson said: “We try to make it a really fun, unpretentious evening because in the past lots of cheese tastings tend to be kind of posh and not simple to understand. “We want people to learn a little bit but mainly try cheeses they haven’t before, and to try them out of the club.
“Some of them are available in supermarkets but also at cheesemongers and there are some really brilliant cheesemongers in the north now.”
It was elbows at the ready as cheese lovers headed to a side room to devour eight different kinds of mystery cheeses, from rich blues to ‘fluffy’ soft versions, smoked cheese and one with Guinness, which co-founder Nick Copland revealed was actually an ‘imposter’ from Somerset afterwards in the big reveal.
Vickie added: “There’s always enough cheese to go around because we plan it really carefully but part of the personality of the club now is queuing for the cheese, strategy and running! At our Leeds clubs people actually run.”
The next Homage2Fromage event in Sheffield is set to focus on ‘oddly shaped cheeses’, a theme which Nick admitted may have been thought of after a few glasses of wine.
Visit www.clubhomage2fromage.co.uk for events.
Tickets cost £15 for non-members and include as much cheese as you can eat.