Cooking with high-quality, freshly milled olio nuovo is a one-of-a-kind experience. This fresh, fragrant, bright green oil is left unfiltered, allowing the notable flavors of extra virgin olive oil to shine. Each variety of oil has its own unique flavor profile and can be used in any dish calling for extra virgin olive oil. At this cooking series, you will learn, from the pros, how to incorporate our “liquid gold” into your everyday cooking. After each class, guests will dine on the items prepared in class, enjoy Durant Vineyards wines, and the company of your classmates in our cozy Durant Olive Mill kitchen/event space.
Join Leta Merrill, chef and pasta maker for an evening of mixing, rolling, shaping, and eating delicious handmade pasta! Leta was first immersed in the world of handmade pasta when she landed a job at Union Square Café in New York City. Her study of pasta broadened over the years as she connected with other pasta enthusiasts all over the globe. She began teaching pasta workshops in 2018, and couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to host in-person events once again. With a passion for local ingredients, quality flour, and a nod to the preservation of traditional methods and techniques, Leta is thrilled to bring her love of pasta to others.
Together we’ll explore the hand-formed pasta tradition of Southern Italy. This hands-on experience will include everything from the mixing of dough to shaping, storing, and cooking pasta. Guests will then be treated to a pasta dinner prepared by Leta featuring Durant Olive Mill’s Olio Nuovo and other local and seasonal ingredients. Guests will leave with their own freshly made pasta, dough and sauce recipes, and their chins dripping with Durant’s brilliant Olio Nuovo.