Learn the secrets of cucina Italiana at free demonstrations during the Nevada County Italian Festival Saturday and Sunday at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.
Chef Roberta DesBouillons, of Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley, will conduct three sessions daily during the festival.
“We’ll be doing different pasta sauces, some that people may not know,” said Tess’ owner Steve Rosenthal.
Those sauces are:
— Garlic, olive oil and anchovies: “It’s really simple and really, really tasty,” Rosenthal said. “The anchovies just give it a little saltiness.”
— Pesto beyond basil: Think of pesto as a leafy green plus nuts and olive oil, Rosenthal said. Beyond the classic combination of basil and pine nuts, DesBouillons will demonstrate less-common pairings such as parsley and pistachio.
— Vodka cream sauce: Do you find cream sauces heavy, yet shallow in flavor? DesBouillons will show how adding vodka brightens the sauce by giving it a bit of a tang, and adding marinara gives it depth.
Those attending the demonstrations can try DesBouillons’ creations, served on fresh pasta provided by Bear River Pasta Co., of Grass Valley. They also can receive store coupons and discounts on classes offered at Tess’ Kitchen Store.
The demonstrations will be at 12:30, 2 and 4 p.m. daily during the festival, which runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; festival admission is $10 daily, tickets are available at the gate, and parking is free. Visit http://Nevada CountyItalianFestival.com for details. Tess’ Kitchen Store is at 115 Mill St., downtown Grass Valley.
Grass Valley resident and freelance writer Trina Kleist can be reached at email@example.com or 530-575-6132.