Spring Fling & Pesto Competition, A Benefit for Chefs for the Marcellus

April 29, 2012 12:00 pm
April 29, 2012 4:00 pm
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Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
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540 President St Suite 2E, Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11215

Spring has come, and with spring comes a celebration of renewal and freshness direct from our local food artisans, farmers and chefs. Without these passionate people, we would not have this bounty of freshness that they provide. Ger-Nis’ mission to educate our community on food issues near and far, comes alive in this unique spring event, benefitting the Chefs of Marcellus and educating on the harmful issues of fracking. Chefs for the Marcellus is a group of chefs, restaurateurs, and other food professionals who have come together to protect our regional foodshed from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (fracking). This highly industrialized form of drilling is already in widespread use in 34 states, including Pennsylvania, where it is wreaking havoc with farms and the water supply. Unless we say no right now, Governor Cuomo is poised to allow fracking in vast areas of the Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation that covers a large area of the mid-Atlantic region, including much of New York’s southern tier — an area of pristine waters; produce, dairy and livestock farms; and breweries and wineries. Implementation may be approved as early as the end of 2011.

Join us for a unique spring educational celebration at Ger-Nis. In honor of spring’s greatest bounty, fresh herbs, we are having a pesto competition, featuring some of Brooklyn’s finest and most talented chefs and we are opening up the competition to our community as well, proving that we can all create magnificent dishes! So come gather up your friends on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy live jazz, compliments of The Evan Schwam Trio, our special herbal libations bar featuring fresh seasonal herbal drinks brought to you by Brooklyn’s Wolf & Deer & Ger-Nis. Herbal nibbles  for all will be prepared by Ger-Nis instructors and Chefs Carl Raymond and Melissa Rickets, they will also be showing us the best pesto and herb sauce recipes, tips and tricks.   Taste and judge unique and creative spring pestos from a few of Brooklyn’s amateur cooks as well as our best chefs , win fun local foodie prizes and mingle with some of the most intriguing people on the food scene today. Best of all learn about what you can do to stop hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (fracking)! 100% of all proceeds go to The Chefs for the Marcellus organization. Donations welcome for any amount  in addition to ticket price and are available at time of ticket purchase.

Please get involved by writing to Governor Cuomo and asking him to ban fracking in New York State.

Recipes: Herbal Appetizers & Nibbles, Herbal Sweet Treats, Herbal Sparkling Wine & Spring Herbalized Cocktails

Class Type: Special Event, Fundraiser

Class Notes: A special spring fundraiser benefitting the Chefs of Marcellus, with live jazz, herbal libations, a pesto competition, all to raise awareness to the anti-fracking mission. Take home a handful of fresh herbs!

A Gamut of professional chefs and amateurs compete for springs best pesto recipe!

Chefs Du Jour

Carl Raymond , Culinary Teacher, Personal Chef, Food Consultant
Melissa Rickets, Chef, Founder of Dynamic Cuisines, Ger-Nis Culinary, & Herb Center

Herbal Libations Bar

Nissa Pierson & Wolf & Deer

Pesto Competition Contestants

Maneet Chauhan, Chef, contestant on “The Next Iron Chef”
Nissa Pierson , Owner and Managing Director of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
Cathy Erway , Blogger “Not Eating Out in NY”, Author of “The Art Of Eating In”
Rafael Hasid Chef, Owner Miriam Resturant, Park Slope Brooklyn
Pierre Thiam Chef, Owner le Grand Dakar, Author “YOLELE”,  Bed Stuy Brooklyn
Louisa Shafia Chef, Author of Lucid Food
Elizabether Schula, Chef, Owner Saltie
Surbhi Sahni, Owner, Executive Chef, Bittersweet NYC
More Chefs being signed up daily!!

Any many more singing up as we speak!

The Judges Table

Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43,  Mary Cleaver of The Cleaver Co. & The Greentable Restaurant Matt Timms Takedowns,  and Tamar Adler, An Everlasting Meal judging  three categories 1. Judges Favorite 2. Most Creative use of Fresh Herbs,  and then of course the people will vote on Peoples Choice!

The Jazz

Evan Schwam attended New York’s La Guardia High School of Music, Art and the Performing Arts. Here he was first introduced to jazz while playing the tenor saxophone in the jazz ensemble under the direction of tuba great Bob Stewart. In 1996, as part of the New York All-City High School Jazz Band, Evan was selected to perform for president Clinton’s 50th birthday party at Radio City Music Hall. With members of the saxophone section, he played “Happy Birthday” at a private closed-door reception for the president and first lady.  While attending the Manes College of Music’s New School Jazz Program, Evan studied with  Chico Hamilton, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Junior Mance, Arnie Lawrence, Chris Byars, Aaron Sachs and Cecil McBee. Upon graduation, Evan joined Chico Hamilton’s Euphoria band and has been playing with him ever since. In 2006 Evan got the opportunity to perform again for president Clinton. With pianist Junior Mance, he played a musical tribute to the former president as he was presented with a lifetime achievement award at New School University. In 2007 also Evan performed at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with both Cassandra Wilson and Chico Hamilton. Evan was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2008 Thelonius Monk International Saxophone Competition. Evan regularly performs around the New York City area with his Quartet.

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