The Fundamental Foundations Series 201 – Week 3

Week 3 – April 17th:  Doughs

There are few things as comforting as baked goods fresh from the oven. This class will explore the methods and ratios used to create fluffy yeast breads, buttery biscuits, flaky pie crusts, and tender fresh pasta! In this class, we’ll knead, roll and hand-cut pasta. You’ll bake and enjoy a fruit tart. The joy of baking will even follow you home as you’ll leave this class with yeasted bread dough to bake the next day – or freeze to bake later. You’ll also learn tips and tricks for make-ahead frozen dough!

You will create and enjoy a dinner of:

  • Hand-cut Pasta with Red Sauce, Italian Sausage and Pecorino
  • Pan-seared Broccolini
  • Fruit Tarts

This class is part of a 4-Week Series and tickets can be purchased on Week 1, April 3rd.

The New York Pizza Workshop

Join Chef Drew Flanders in this hands-on pizza workshop to learn the secrets to successfully create a New York Style handmade pizza. You’ll mix, stretch, shape and toss. Then, when ready, you’ll top and bake your creation to a blistered crust. You will learn how to make your basic home oven as hot as a pizzeria to create the perfect pizza at home anytime!

You will each make and enjoy 3 different pizzas with handmade dough tossed to perfection!

  • Heirloom Tomato, Basil, Ricotta
  • Italian Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Smoked Mozzarella
  • Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Mama Lil’s Peppers, Provolone
  • Take home the dough you make in class to practice tomorrow or the next day!
Participants will have the option of enjoying  wine or beer as pizza is always best with a beverage]

The New York Pizza Workshop

Join Chef Drew Flanders in this hands-on pizza workshop to learn the secrets to successfully create a New York Style handmade pizza. You’ll mix, stretch, shape and toss. Then, when ready, you’ll top and bake your creation to a blistered crust. You will learn how to make your basic home oven as hot as a pizzeria to create the perfect pizza at home anytime!

You will make and enjoy 4 different pizzas with handmade dough tossed to perfection!

  • Heirloom Tomato, Basil, Ricotta
  • Italian Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Smoked Mozzarella
  • Sweet and Spicy Pickled Bell Peppers, Red Onion, Castelvetrano Olives
  • Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Mama Lil’s Peppers, Provolone
  • Take home the dough you make in class to practice tomorrow or the next day!
Participants will have the option of enjoying  wine or beer as pizza is always best with a beverage!

The Italian Kitchen – Ricotta Gnocchi 3 Course Dinner

If you’re a fan of potato gnocchi, let us introduce you to its cousin – ricotta gnocchi (No potatoes required!) Lighter and slightly chewy, ricotta gnocchi is a snap to make and doesn’t compromise our love for the delicious, pillowy nuggets with which we are familiar. Chef Jen Tarantino Reyes will instruct you how to prepare perfect gnocchi and teach you different rolling techniques (the way her grandmother and mother taught her). Once you pair braised Italian sausage with the light ricotta gnocchi, you’ll be sold!

In this hands-on class, we will make:

  • Tuscan Kale Salad with Parmesan and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Butter Sauce and Braised Italian Sausage
  • Sfingi Italian Fried Doughnuts with a Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce

The Art of Sausage 101

Join Chef Drew Flanders in this robust introduction to Sausage Making. Chef Drew, a Culinary Instructor at Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central College, specializes in artisan charcuterie. He brings with him the philosophy of farm-to-table cooking and a passion for nose-to-tail butchery, charcuterie, sustainability and preservation.

Chef Drew will give you an introduction to the Grinder Assembly and Technique, Seasoning Mixes, Grind Ratios and Meat Preparation, Casings, Methods of Stuffing and Linking. You will then take over and get the basics of stuffing your own!

You will make 3 different stuffed sausages:

  • Italian Sausage,
  • Classic Bratwurst
  • Polish Sausage

After you have stuffed your last sausage, you will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring  1 of your sausages with a leafy green salad dressed with a apple mustard vinaigrette, pepperonata, fresh warm bread, and a multitude of condiments from pickled to hot, with a cold Rainier Beer or a glass of wine.

Guests will take home approximately 3 pounds of sausage ready to eat of freeze for later.

The Italian Kitchen – Ricotta Gnocchi

If you’re a fan of potato gnocchi, let us introduce you to its cousin – ricotta gnocchi (No potatoes required!) Lighter and slightly chewy, ricotta gnocchi is a snap to make and doesn’t compromise our love for the delicious, pillowy nuggets with which we are familiar. Chef Jen Tarantino Reyes will instruct you how to prepare perfect gnocchi and teach you different rolling techniques (the way her grandmother and mother taught her). Once you pair braised Italian sausage with the light ricotta gnocchi, you’ll be sold!

In this hands-on class, we will make:

  • Tuscan Kale Salad with Parmesan and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Butter Sauce and Braised Italian Sausage
  • Sfingi Italian Fried Doughnuts with a Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Neapolitan Pizza and Wine Pairing

Authentic flavors from Naples Italy are possible at home using these approaches taught by Chef and Sommelier Bonnie Rae. In this hands-on class, Chef Bonnie will take you step-by-step through the process of dough making for maximum flavor development, learning the surprising impact that proper hand “stretching” has on the final product.

Classic Neapolitan flavors depend on the perfect sauce, which Chef Bonnie will share her recipes along with topping selections and combinations.  However, learning the process of baking the pizza to get the proper crust in your home oven along with techniques of grilled pizza base will demystify pizza making at home with these amazingly flavorful and beautifully blistered pizzas.

Oh, of course Chef Bonnie will put on her Sommelier hat and share two Italian wines that pair well with your freshly hand-made pizzas of:

  • White Sauce with Prosciutto, Lemon, Arugula and Olive Oil
  • Basil, Garlic Infused Tomato Sauce with Braised Fennel, Italian Sausage, Guanciale and Provolone
  • Heavy Cream with Mixed Wild Mushrooms, Fontina and Taleggio Cheese
  • Basil, Garlic Infused Tomato Sauce with Pepperoni, Coppa, Mama Lil’s, Basil and Parmesan

Wines

  • Cantele Chardonnay Salento
  • Poliziano Rosso Di Montepulciano

The Italian Kitchen – Ricotta Gnocchi – 3 Course Dinner

If you’re a fan of potato gnocchi, let us introduce you to its cousin – ricotta gnocchi (No potatoes required!) Lighter and slightly chewy, ricotta gnocchi is a snap to make and doesn’t compromise our love for the delicious, pillowy nuggets with which we are familiar. Chef Jen Tarantino Reyes will instruct you how to prepare perfect gnocchi and teach you different rolling techniques (the way her grandmother and mother taught her). Once you pair braised Italian sausage with the light ricotta gnocchi, you’ll be sold! In this hands-on class, we will make:

Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Butter Sauce

Braised Italian Sausage

Kale Salad with Parmesan and Toasted Breadcrumbs

Zeppole with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Neapolitan Pizza and Wine Pairing

Authentic flavors from Naples Italy are possible at home using these approaches taught by Chef and Sommelier Bonnie Rae. In this hands-on class, Chef Bonnie will take you step-by-step through the process of dough making for maximum flavor development, learning the surprising impact that proper hand “stretching” has on the final product.

Classic Neapolitan flavors depend on the perfect sauce, which Chef Bonnie will share her recipes along with topping selections and combinations.  However, learning the process of baking the pizza to get the proper crust in your home oven along with techniques of grilled pizza base will demystify pizza making at home with these amazingly flavorful and beautifully blistered pizzas.

Oh, of course Chef Bonnie will put on her Sommelier hat and share two Italian wines that pair well with your freshly hand-made pizzas of:

White Sauce with Prosciutto, Lemon, Arugula and Olive Oil

Basil, Garlic Infused Tomato Sauce with Braised Fennel, Italian Sausage, Guanciale and Provolone

Heavy Cream with Mixed Wild Mushrooms, Fontina and Taleggio Cheese

Basil, Garlic Infused Tomato Sauce with Pepperoni, Coppa, Mama Lil’s, Basil and Parmesan

Wines:

Cantele Chardonnay Salento
Poliziano Rosso Di Montepulciano

The Italian Kitchen – Ricotta Gnocchi – 3 Course Dinner

If you are a fan of potato gnocchi, let us introduce you to its cousin – ricotta gnocchi (No potatoes required!) Lighter, slightly chewy, and without compromising our love for the delicious, pillowy nuggets we are familiar with, ricotta gnocchi is a snap to make. Chef Jen Tarantino Reyes will instruct you how to prepare the perfect ricotta gnocchi and teach you different rolling techniques – the way her grandmother, and mother taught her. Once you roll the perfect pillows and pair them with braised Italian sausage, you’ll be sold! In this hands-on class, we will make:

Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Butter Sauce

Braised Italian Sausage

Kale Salad with Parmesan and Toasted Breadcrumbs

Zeppole with Dark Chocolate Sauce