For some it can be seen as another topping on a hamburger, but for Seton Hall students it’s the perfect slice of getting involved around campus.
The Seton Hall cheese club, founded by Isabella Espinosa and other students, is the first food-based club on campus. The club was created in the beginning of the 2022 fall semester.
Vice President of Events Planning, Julianna Grenci, a junior political science major, said the mission of the club is to spread awareness of different cultures through cheese.
“It’s about learning how to expand our horizons to different foods we might not have tried before,” Grenci said.
Grenci said the cheese club is open to all students.
“Of course, it’s geared towards cheese lovers,” she said. “But if you attend Seton Hall, you are more than welcome to join.”
The club offers different cheese related events that students can attend throughout the semester. Grenci said on Nov. 11, the club held an event where members tried the viral feta cheese pasta from TikTok.
“Not many people would think ‘hey I’m going to go out and make this pasta I found on TikTok,’” Grenci said. “But we coordinated with GDS to make this event happen.”
Grenci said there’s another event on Nov. 18 where members will try cranberry brie pastries.
“We’re expanding food horizons because it’s about different food groups and different things to try,” she said.
Grenci also said there will be a surprise event in the 2023 spring semester for members to attend and enjoy cheese.
President of the club, Isabella Espinosa, a junior special education and allied health major, said students at the University of Tampa inspired her to start the club.
“They posted a TikTok and upon seeing it I was inspired to create a similar concept at Seton Hall University,” Espinosa said.
Upon the formation of the cheese club, Espinosa said there are monthly meetings for the e-board and members where they come together as a community.
“We taste different dishes with cheese from around the world and learn about how the cheese is made,” she said.
With being a new club on campus, Espinosa said the club has received “extreme amounts” of support from the student body and faculty.
“There has been great support from our advisor and other faculty members and a great turnout from the Seton Hall community at our meetings,” she said.
Espinosa also said the cheese club is unique compared to other clubs and organizations on campus.
“We provide a space for students to enjoy food and different cultures from around the world,” she said. “The club is a space for students to meet and connect on food, culture, and a shared love of cheese.”
Espinosa said she encourages students to join the cheese club community.
“People should join the club to meet a new community, for free food and to learn about cultures from around the world through cheese,” she said.
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