Chinese New Year Dinner Party, The Year of the Pig

February 5, 2019 8:00 pm
February 5, 2019 11:00 pm
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271 Poplar Rd, Bolinas, CA, United States, 94924

The 2019 Year of the Pig will be bring love and generosity.  This year, we will all lean more towards the tendency to sacrifice self-interest for the benefit of our loved ones. Expect to give an receive gifts and offerings. Insults and general bad vibes will be more easily forgiven, as we will all be able to summon a bit more compassion to our fellow humans. The joy of living and pleasure are the order of the day, or the year of the PIG, so let’s begin the year with immense joy and pleasure and start if off right with a cooperative venture celebration.

The Ger-Nis “Cliff House” will be extravagantly decorated and there will be plenty of luck and abundance inducing herbal cocktails. We will all assemble various dim sum; cook and eat together sharing stories of the past, present and hopes for the future. Our version ( fire-safe) of a lantern celebration will wind the night down and sweet fortunes will reveal all on the send off.  One lucky RED ENVELOPE winner will walk away with $100 of good fortune!

Everyone will take home organic oranges for luck!

Space is very limited!!

The feast…..

Chinese Citrus & Herb Bar (For Luck and Abundance)

Citrus is common during the New Year, and most of the citrus fruit symbolizes luck and abundance. Fresh herbs have been a symbol of good fortune in Nissa’s life and creativity so the Citrus Bar represents the giving of “Luck, Abundance and Good Fortune” as well as offering guests a cup of “Creativity” for the upcoming year.

Mandarin & Bay Leaf Prosecco
Lychee & Lemongrass Pink Sparkling Wine
Pomelo & Sage Sparkling Wine

Chino Latino Pomelo
(Mezcal, Tequila, Pomelo Juice, Honey Sage Syrup, Lime Juice, Sage Leaf Garnish)

Basil Mandarin-Lemoncello Drops
(Housemade Mandarin- Meyer Lemon Lemoncello, Mandarin Juice, Basil Syrup, Lemon Peel  & Sweet Pesto Garnish)

Ginger Lime Lych-ini
(Farmers Organic Botanical Gin, Ginger Liquor, Ginger Lychee Syrup, Lime Juice, Elderflower – Ginger Liquor Marinated Lychee Garnish)

Dim Sum ( All will participate int he assembly and cooking, this is a hands on dinner party!)

In a custom dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, families in China traditionally spend New Years Eve preparing dumplings and well eat them at midnight.  Dumplings shaped like an ingot, personifying wealth.  Legend has it the more dumplings you eat during the New Year’s celebration the more money and wealth you will acquire in the upcoming year.

Pan Fried Pork & Chive Dumplings
Pan Fried Chinese Mustard Dumplings
Miso Citrus Dipping Sauce

Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumplings
Chile Sauce

Ginger & Shitake Chicken Buns
Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

Shredded Chicken and Ginger Congee

Salt & Pepper Squid

Sweet Treats
We’ll send everyone off with sweet fortunes and blessings
Mango custard Tarts
Nissa’s Fortune Cookies

The Year of the Pig

The Pig is the twelfth and last of all the zodiac animals. According to legend the Jade Empreror said the order would be decided by the timing of the animals arrival to his party. The pig was extremely late- last and thus is his placement.

The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.

The pig symbolizes  such characteristic traits as diligence, compassion and generosity. Pigs enjoy entertaining and life in general and others enjoy their company. Pigs tend to indulge a little too much in just about everything. Pigs are profoundly giving and enjoy helping others, sometimes a little  too much.  Pigs are all about honesty and expect the same in return.

Nissa Pierson, Your Host…

Nissa Pierson is a noted herb expert and founder of Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center. A cooking instructor, food writer and recipe developer with over 20+ years experience, she specializes in sustainable, organic, fair-trade and local produce. Though mostly self-trained as a chef, Nissa has also been taught by women in rural kitchens all over the globe. She travels in search of food and cultural knowledge, working worldwide with small growers and produce markets in her daily parallel career in organic agriculture. Her international consulting business and culinary artistry emphasize farmers and the communities in which food is produced. Her Chinese travels have taken her to Hong Kong, Shanghai and a few other remote parts of China, where she learned what real Chinese food tastes like.
Fresh herbs have become a staple of Nissa’s cooking endeavors and a symbol of her creative spirit. This creativity in the kitchen is a direct result of the openness with which she approaches the world. She puts a great deal of time and attention towards teaching children to cook and has developed a kid-centric curriculum fueled by ease and joy.In addition to traveling the world seeking fresh herb conversations, her current focus is on consumer culinary education for organic mangoes. Find her Under The Mango Tree.

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