Simple Foods 101: Pesto

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Basil takes center stage in this class, that's the first part of the Simple Foods 101 series ... all about making delicious food simple, beautiful and most of all tasty!

In the "Pesto" edition of Simple Foods, Dabblers will learn about the simple fresh ingredients that combine to make pesto. Learn (while we make): where to source, how to prep and how to combine herbs, olive oils and a few stand-out ingredients to make fresh batches of pesto from scratch.

We'll take our criminally simple loot home, and learn how to combine it with delicacies already in your pantry for simple and easy weeknight dinners. Walk away knowing how to prepare:
1) Pasta salad
2) Pesto / goat cheese mini-sandwich bites
3) Creamy pesto on roasted veggies and
4) Salad Pesto Dressing.

Then ... the best part. We'll all sit down, TO EAT! Light dinner with our new creations will be served and a mini takeaway jar of the pesto we make is included in the materials fee. Bon appetit.

Student Reviews

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    Charissa T.
    Simple Foods 101: Pesto

    I totally thought I left a review for this class but it took me this long to find this section! This is something Dabble should work on. I have valuable reviews to share to everyone. I love Monica's classes. If you want to learn some cooking, she makes awesome stuff! I highly recommend any of her classes!

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    Kimberly R.
    Simple Foods 101: Pesto

    What a great intro to pesto! The recipe was presented in an approachable way, and 4 techniques for using pesto were deliciously presented. I had a great time; Monica's a great instructor and I look forward to more of her classes.

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    Erin C.
    Simple Foods 101: Pesto

    Very fun - Monica creates a great group atmosphere and a wonderful learning environment, not to mention very tasty! Took home applicable knowledge and yummy pesto. Definitely a win in my book!

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Monica De Angelis

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Monica De Angelis was a sous chef at Torre Colombaia (an agriturismo in Umbria, Italy,) almost ten years ago and has been cooking ever since. For a short stint in Iowa she was cooking and serving 8-100 person dinner parties, and has been hosting smaller parties since moving to Chicago. Monica has 3 years of fine dining experience working downtown on the front of house / management side and she currently works at a not-for-profit organization, working with students, hosting and organizing events. She recently started http://changethemode.wordpress.com/ - a blog about food, ideas, inspiration and instruction. She can't wait to share her kitchen with eager Dabblers for a night of blissfully simple and fresh food!