Community Supper Club: A Night of Mezzes

March 23, 2013 6:30 pm
March 23, 2013 9:30 pm
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Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center (High Falls)
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643 Berme Road, High Falls, NY, United States, 12440

Many changes are taking shape at the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center this year and one of the most exciting changes is the introduction of community supper clubs. We are starting them in one of our new locations, High Falls and slowly implementing them in cities near you! The inaugural community supper will be hosted by our own herbal guru, Nissa Pierson (Managing Director of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center). The night will consist of community members making a modern Israeli meal together consisting of various mezzes!

Mezzes, which literally translates to “tasty snacks”. Hot or cold, spicy or sweet, mezzes are eaten collectively as a meal. The range of dishes can be incredibly extensive, including fried, pickled or grilled meats or fish, as well as other seasonal vegetables. These small dishes reflect the region’s extraordinary bounty, its reliance on seasonal produce, and its emphasis on straightforward preparation. Middle Eastern ingredients include olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, onions, and fresh herbs and act as the foundation for this style of cooking. A tremendous range of flavors and textures emanate from those ingredients! In this class we move the empashis to our own region and our own winter season and demonstrate how easy it is to “seasonalize” our favorite food. So if you live in or around the High Falls region this night is for you, come bring yourself and a bottle of wine and enjoy cooking and eating a meal with your own community.

Recipes: Drinks: Israeli Iced Tea, Pink Grapefruit, Basil & Arak Cocktail Mezzes: Homemade Pita, Hummus, Lebaneh with Zahtar & Olive Oil, Fattoush Salad, Taboulli, Morrocan Carrot Salad, Herbed Falafal, Lamb Meatballs, Roasted Cauliflower with Cilantro Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds, Stewed tomatoes and Chickpeas with Feta and Spinach Grill: Grilled Steak, Fish and Chicken Sauces: Spicy Harissa, YeminiteZhug Dessert: Tahini Ice Cream with Black Sesame Seeds

Class Type: Community Supper Club

Class Notes: Join our first community supper club, where we learn to cook together!

Host: Nissa Pierson

Nissa Pierson, Managing Director of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, approaches life
head-on, believing that whatever one does in life one should do at full capacity. Noted Marketing expert, accredited recipe writer, and herb farming extraordinaire, Nissa Pierson has led the way for Ger-Nis International LLC and Ger-Nis Culinary Center for nearly a decade, pioneering a new course for Fair-Trade & Organic Fruit and Vegetable Distribution. This cat proves that an active curiosity actually just makes you better prepared for the many things life throws at you. This curious approach led her to tending giant basil fields in the California landscape which turned into selling herbs on massive scales for others which turned into selling herbs on massive scales for herself and their growers which, in turn, gave birth to the center we know and love today. She craves travel, seeking fresh herb and organic conversation throughout the world. Nissa is a self-taught cook, employing truly tried-and-true techniques not found in so many other places, lending a deliciously, unique quality to every dish she prepares. In her past life of herbal domination she traveled to Israel on average of ten times per year for over 8 years and she is her to share the love she found in the food. She is a big fan of riding the waves, horses and believes in looking within more than not. Contact Nissa

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