A Family Affair: Seasonal Soda & Snack Work Shop (Contest)

April 2, 2013 4:00 pm
April 2, 2013 6:00 pm
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MaMa’s Cafe
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3588 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY, United States, 12484

Bring the whole family for a fun and creative class spent making seasonal sodas and snacks, using fresh, natural ingredients. The workshop ends with a contest for most creative soda! The day is geared toward the kids and teens in the room (but, adults, don’t be afraid to bring a childlike sense of wonder with you). Attendees will get to experience the magic that happens ‘behind-the-scenes,’ transforming ingredients in unseemly ways while playing with portions and recipes. Herbs, spices and seasonal ingredients, like roasted parsnips, will be at the students’ disposal as they master the art of simple syrups, turning up the heat by playing with different sweeteners. This journey would not be complete without dabbling in the fresh juice making arts. Juices add a natural acidity and kick to soda, balancing flavors like it ‘ain’t no thing’. Everyone will get to see how syrups, juices and carbonation combine to make soda such a versatile and simple treat. Class will be supplemented with a seasonal snack-making component, highlighting the ease and simplicity of swapping in seasonal ingredients! We’ll use butter cookies as a guide when exploring the topic of seasonal ingredient swapping. At the end of class, we’ll hold the contest for most creative soda- winner takes home a fun surprise! Everyone will leave class more of a jerk (soda jerk!) than when they came, and with a jolt more kitchen confidence.

Recipes: Sodas: Winter Citrus & Celery Root Soda, Roasted Parsnip with Maple & Rosemary Soda, Fresh Carrot and Lime Sodas  Snacks: Winter Root Chips & Dip, Roasted Root Veggie Salsa and Pita Chips, Seasonal Nacho Cups, Seasonal Butter Cookies

Class Type: Hands-On Family Class

Class Notes: Family fun with healthy alternative soda recipes, plus one lucky contest winner!

Nissa Pierson

Managing Director the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center , Nissa Pierson, is the utmost of a food enthusiast in the kitchen. Nissa 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 and helping small subsistence growers throughout the world bring their goods to market for fair pricing. To further her desire to teach others about healthy living and eating, as well as agriculture and food sustainability, Nissa 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 & recipe writer 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 about food she enjoys spice in general life, good food & cultural & political 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

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