Everyone is familiar with the versatility and brilliance of pasta & pesto, but we can’t all say we’ve made it from scratch using our BARE HANDS. Ditch the pasta making machines tonight; we’re going old school with this one. We’ll be traveling down memory lane with Instructor Nissa Pierson as she re-enacts her summer vacation fresh in her mind and heart. She brings us with her fresh off her journey down the Lingurian Coast in the great State of Genoa, which is also the home of Genovese basil, the best basil for pesto! On her journey she learned the secret of the old school pasta and pesto makers, those who still use their hands and this lost art will be re-invented inside our Ger-Nis walls on this very special night!
Learn how to make fresh pasta dough from scratch, both eggless and with eggs. We’ll be using very basic kitchen tools and our hands to shape and make the various pasta shapes of the Genoan region of Italy. After learning the fresh pasta making tricks and techniques this class has to share with you, you’ll never lack simple & deliciously herbal recipes to use that will wow your friends and family and even yourself time and time again! We will demonstrate the art of hand pounded pesto and give you a crack at this lost art as well. This summer take the time to appreciate all the handiwork it takes to create homemade pasta & sauce using the tools we’ve had since birth, our hands.
Recipes: Inspired by Nissa’s Recent trip to Italy: Hand Pounded Pesto, Fresh Pasta (with & without Egg), Pesto al Trofie, Pansotti with Walnut Sauce, Tortellini Ricotta, Prebuggiun per la Pasqualina (Spinach & Herb Fresh Pasta Pie)
Class Type: Individual, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes: Learn the secrets Nissa found on her journey this summer to Italy’s Lingurian coast, where making pasta and pesto by hand is the norm!
Managing Director the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Nissa Pierson, is the utmost of a food enthusiast in the kitchen. Pierson began her food journey as a child in Central America later to open Ger-Nis International LLC, a fair-trade, organic fruit & vegetable distribution company with an emphasis on fresh herbs. To further her desire to teach others about healthy living and eating, Pierson opened the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb, specializing in a wide range of recreational cooking and educational classes for adults and children; promoting healthy eating and living habits through hands on and lecture style classroom environments. She is fully committed to the community, as well as the planet, focusing on the entire cooking and eating process, from grower to “cooker.” In addition to traveling the world seeking organic and fair-trade conversation for her business, she is a noted cooking instructor focusing on fresh herbs as well as an extremist in proving that the art of eating and cooking well is a relatively simple process and just takes enthusiasm and some tidbits of knowledge. She has specialized in children’s cooking classes for many years and believes children are seeking better food knowledge and is always up for the challenge. Besides being a passionate teacher of fresh herbs, organics and fair-trade, she enjoys spice (in food and life), good conversation and debates, kickboxing, the ocean and surfing, and submersing herself in the food and culture of the world. She loves solving problems and turning lemons into lemonade. Contact Nissa