You might be aware that I’ve been involved in a project called Cheese School for a while together with cheesemakers Todd and Jess Trethowan, producers of Gorwydd Caerphilly.
Our idea was to provide cheese-lovers with a similar experience to the wine appreciation classes which are available to wine lovers: a chance to meet British artisanal cheesemakers in person and understand more about how they make their cheese and how it varies from season to season as well as learning to create their own fantastic cheeseboards and cheese plates.
We’ve had spring, autumn and Christmas events and now we’re holding a celebration of winter cheese with our first Cheese Feast on January 31st - a 5 course cheesy extravaganza at the brilliant Source Food Café in Bristol.
As with previous events we will have Todd Trethowan there in person, joined on this occasion by Tom Calver of Westcombe Dairy who will talk about his award-winning cheddar for which he was recently nominated Best Food Producer at the BBC Food and Farming Awards.
I’ll be suggesting wine and other drink matches for each course and Andrew Cooper of the fabulous new Wild Beer Co brewery near Shepton Mallet* will be putting forward a beer match for each dish.
The mouthwatering menu (sorry, couldn’t resist that cheesy alliteration) is:
Gorwydd Caerphilly croquettes with roast onion mayonnaise
Ragstone goats' cheese tartlet with beetroot chutney
Comté Tartiflette (my favourite cheesy winter dish)
Westcombe cheddar and apple pie
Tickets for the 5 course meal cost £55 include drink pairings and tasting notes and need to be bought in advance. The evening starts at 7 and should end by around 10pm. If we don't get too carried away . . .
* They actually brew right next door to Westcombe!