"You know the thing about good food - it brings people together."- The Princess and the Frog
This Summer has been a complete whirlwind and Fall shows no signs of slowing down. With almost every weekend accounted for until mid-November, I'm really looking forward to some time nesting in our new apartment and making time for myself, my friends, family and this blog.
Last month, along with 16 of our closest friends, we packed up our favorite bottles of wine and headed across the river to Hudson Table in Hoboken, NJ for a night of cooking, drinking and of course eating. I'm so grateful we had this chance to experience such a fun night together, which can be so hard with everyone's hectic schedules.
My best friend Kara, who coordinated this night out, polled our friends to find out what class seemed most interesting. (Check out their most current classes here) We landed on the handmade pasta class. We are a group of carb-loving basic folks, okay? We had the whole place to ourselves on a Saturday evening which made it even more special.
After we made sure everyone's glass was full, we split into groups and began preparing three different pasta dishes: Papardelle Bolognese, Spinach Ricotta Ravioli with Pesto Genovese and Shrimp Scampi Linguine.
After the chopping we began making the sauces for each pasta dish. Everything was pre-measured cutting down a lot of time and making it super easy and convenient. Clearly I stayed far away from the onions and opted to snap some pics instead.
Some people were into getting down and dirty, and others were there for support, guidance and the wine!
In this beautiful and pristine exhibition-style kitchen, and with the help of 2 chefs (one who happens to be the pastry chef at Facebook) we started the process of making the three different types of pasta which consisted of using less than five ingredients.
This was definitely the most fun part. Everyone had loosened up and was feeling good and more comfortable. I think we were all pretty amazed what can happen with some dough, a Kitchenaid attachment and a ravioli cutter!
I didn't get a post-worthy photo of the delicious finished product (I know bad job by me) but that's probably because I was too busy eating it! This whole night got me thinking about hosting a homemade pasta night of my own. With cooler weather approaching it's the perfect time to invite some friends over or have a cozy night in with your partner and enjoy some comfort food.
I've rounded up some essentials for bringing this experience into your own kitchen and onto your table, whether you're hosting two or ten people. And if you're not quite ready for that, let Hudson Table help you feel more comfortable in the kitchen while enjoying a night out and great experience with friends. Bon appetit!
1. Kitchenaid Pasta Roller Attachment - If you already own a Kitchenaid mixer, scoop up this attachment for ease in making all types of pasta such as linguine, ravioli and papardelle! 2. Stainless-Steel Bench Scraper- This was an eye-opening tool we were introduced to. It was perfect for cutting the dough and scraping the extra dough off of the counter. I purchased two of them as gifts immediately following the class. 3. Wood Turner- This eco-friendly turner is handcrafted in the USA from American harvested wood. We used this in class to break up and turn the meat for the bolognese sauce. Way easier to use this over a regular wooden spoon. 4. Stainless-Steel Ravioli Cutter- This tool cuts individual raviolis in one pass. It can also be used for pie crusts, we can't forget about dessert now, can we? 5. Marble Slab- if you already have marble or granite counter tops, then lucky you! If you aren't as lucky, having a marble slab makes rolling dough a breeze.
1. White + Blue Pasta Bowl - I prefer to eat pasta out of a bowl and these traditional blue and white ones remind me of an Italian seaside cafe. 2. Matte Black Salad Servers- For serving salad or pasta these would be a beautiful addition to any dinner party. 3. Injiri Table Cover- I realize this is a splurge, but I just love the color and hand-woven artisan look of this table cover. It adds a sense of warmth to any table. 4. Wood Grain Charger- Complete the look of your table with these weathered wood chargers, a great alternative to place mats. 5. Big Sur Candle- Pasta is a no fuss meal, so I would keep the centerpiece no fuss with a simple candle and maybe some fresh flowers. 6. Two-tone Flatware- I'm obsessed with the minimalist design of this flatware. The design is traditional yet the black contrast gives it a modern flair. 7. Linen Napkins (Set of 4)- Tie it all together with a linen napkin. I like how this set of four is simple, clean and understated.