Nothing is quite like a Sunday night Italian dinner. If you’ve never had the opportunity to sit around a big table with family and friends for hours on end, here’s your chance! These dinners usually mean the entire house smells luscious and welcoming, attracting small children and doddering elders alike into the kitchen to watch and wait for dinner. It’s all about family style at these dinners, everyone sharing things from the antipasti to dessert, to bottles of wine, and breaking bread. This is the time, when stories are shared, memories are made, and conversation turns to laughter and sometimes tears.
In your typical Italian household, each week, families and, often, extended families sit down together just after noon for Sunday dinner, the largest and most elaborate meal of the week. The focus is always on the food, fresh, simply prepared, vibrant vegetables, cheeses and meats, and the variety of flavors and types of dishes, from pasta with tomato sauce or “gravy” with an abundance of meat, often overshadowing trendier cooking and satisfies the craving for comfort food, too.
Recipes: Grandpa Nell’s Escarole Salad (Lemon, Extra Virgin, Grated Cheese, Oregano, Black Olives);
Antipasti for Two (Assorted Meat & Cheese plate); Family Style Sunday Gravy with Tagliolini or Penne Pasta, Meatballs, Sausage, Braciole; New York Style Cheesecake; Wine (Montepulciano & Pinot Grigio)
Class Type: Seasonal Entertaining Series
Class Notes: Learn some new twists on classic Italian recipes to keep your guests tummies growling!
Managing Director of the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Nissa Pierson is the utmost food enthusiast. Nissa began her food journey as a child in Central America and went on to open Ger-Nis International LLC, a fair-trade, organic fruit & vegetable distribution company with an emphasis on fresh herbs and helping small subsistence growers throughout the world bring their goods to market for a fair price. Later, to further her desire to teach others about healthy eating, agriculture and food sustainability, Nissa opened the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, specializing in a wide range of recreational, food-focused classes for adults and children. The goal of the center is to promote good living and healthy eating habits through hands on and lecture style classes. She is fully committed to the community, as well as the planet, focusing on the entire journey of the food we eat, from grower to “cooker.” In addition to traveling the world seeking organic and fair-trade conversation for her business, Nissa is a noted cooking instructor & recipe writer focusing on fresh herbs. In this role, she is an extremist when it comes to proving that the art of eating and cooking well is relatively simple, needing only enthusiasm and a few tidbits of knowledge. She has specialized in children’s cooking classes for many years and believes children are seeking better food knowledge – a challenge she is always up for. Besides being passionate about food she enjoys spice in general life, good conversation and debate, kickboxing, surfing, and submersing herself in the food and culture of the world. She loves solving problems and turning lemons into lemonades spice of life, good conversation and debates, kickboxing, surfing, and submersing herself in the food and culture of the world. Contact Nissa