I recently had the pleasure of participating in Kansas City’s own “Just For Her” event. As a part of my collaboration with Cervasi, I was asked to be a part of their VIP booth on Friday night and take center stage for a cooking demonstration on Sunday afternoon.
First let me highlight what a fun event the “Just for Her” event is. This year was their 10th anniversary of bringing together local artisans, purveyors, and vendors in celebration of the kinds of goods and services especially appreciated by woman. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with local vendors and get familiar with all the offerings available in the greater Kansas City area. Not to mention, this event partners each year with a local charity to help raise money and awareness for their cause. Here is a link to their website if you'd like to check it out;) http://www.justforherevent.com/
Cervasi asked me to attend Friday night, creating a special recipe that would showcase the delicious simplicity of the Cervasi imported Italian products. Additionally, they wanted me to inspire those attending the VIP portion of the event to sample products and encourage discussion. I talked with about 300 guests who were all excited about food and loved the fact that the focus was on Italian foods, my favorite…AND Cervasi products, authentically sourced by a Kansas City based company.
What makes a warm summer’s night better than creating a no cooking involved recipe, combining delicious ingredients to create a rich, cheesy, briny, crunchy bite? I showcased an incredible artichoke bruschetta, made with several Cervasi products including Parmigiano-Reggiano and extra virgin olive oil. Who wouldn’t want to try that? (See recipe below)
The greatest pleasure was discussing the recipe and the ingredients with this incredibly diverse group of visitors to our booth, all sharing the love of good food and appreciating Cervasi product’s and making them aware that Cervasi sells more than just pasta.
I returned on Sunday afternoon to take center stage to do a cooking demonstration. What could go wrong with that plan? I was kind of nervous, that was, until I realized I was surrounded by all the comforting implements of my trade, pots, wooden spoons, and delicious ingredients…and a group of people genuinely interested in what we can create with the best ingredients.
I used this venue to introduce a recipe I’d been developing for Summer Lasagna that incorporates a creamy classic béchamel sauce AND no parboiling lasagna noodles. It’s easy and delicious. I’d made two big sheets of the lasagna and dropped it off in the kitchen at the convention center with instructions on how to reheat. There was a little bit of embarrassment when they came to the stage to serve the lasagna, and they hadn’t so much reheated it, but recooked it to a crisp…ummm, I mean really crisp:) But, you know what – there isn’t anything a silky béchamel sauce cannot fix, right? Another layer of béchamel on top and we were off again to the comforting goodness of a summer treat.
That recipe will be shared next month, so be prepared, grab yourself a box of Cervasi lasagna noodles and check back here…the recipe will be up soon for you to enjoy. Thank you Cervasi for an awesome opportunity to meet and connect with some wonderful people in pursuit of good food and new friends.
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