Just Forking Around | Conversations about Rockin' Restaurateurs, Creative Chefs, Super Servers, Wicked Winemakers, Fresh Farmers, and anyone who plays a pivotal part in this beautifully insane & sexy world of Food and Beverage.
About This Show
Join Debi Saltzberg and her guest every week as they raise a glass and toast to the beautifully insane, sexy world of food adventures. Expect a variety pack of guests who have the most compelling stories. For they are the Brewers, the Distillers, Authors, Winemakers, Farmers, Vegan Product Makers, Restaurateurs, Top Chefs, Entrepreneurs - truly inspirational, motivational, this is ear ball riveting! Explore and discover with us as we navigate around the globe to reveal and share these remarkable stories.Read more »
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#070 - Alessandra Manias: How Saor Project is Bringing Italy to LA
7 days ago
Formerly an architect and marketing consultant in Italy, now a production designer and private chef in LA: today’s guest, Alessandra Manias, is just bursting at the seams with passion and creativity. Alessandra started Saor Project with her husband, Gianluca Zago, to share the origin of ancient Italian culture, particularly northeastern Italian cuisine, with a wider audience. The real Italian traditions are based on a peasant culture and poor food, which is disappearing in the modern world. Through private dinners, forking awesome events, and a mouth-watering blog, Saor offers Italian dishes and traditions that are slowly disappearing and very important to preserve. “The food has to be really good, the presentation has to be good – but everybody has to be happy!” –Alessandra Manias We also discuss: The lovely spritz we enjoy during our conversation (Prosecco, aperol, & sparkling water) Creating SAOR Project with her husband, Gianluca Seeking out food from the Northeast region of Italy Delicious smoked cheeses Differences between the cuisines in different regions of Italy Alessandra’s favorite spots to shop in LA Making fresh bread & pasta Once a month, Alessandra opens up her apartment for a lovely meal (sign up on MeetUp) The geography of Italy Why Alessandra and her husband are pursuing this passion project The peasant culture behind Italian food Alessandra’s Top Secret Crostata Recipe: Ingredients: 2 cups of flour ½ cup of sugar 1 egg ~150g of Unsalted butter 1 tsp of Italian yeast (Alessandra uses Paneangeli) A little bit of vanilla extract OR a little bit of lemon zest Directions: Mix everything If it’s too dry, add a little bit of milk Put in freezer for 10 minutes Arrange dough in pan Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees If you want, you can serve with whipped cream on the side Resources: Learn more at saorproject.com Connect: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Join the Meetup Group: LA Italian Dinner Experience - Saor Project Alessandra Manias’ Bio: Alessandra was an architect and consultant in Italy, and now she’s a production designer and private chef in Los Angeles. Alessandra is a creative person that expresses herself in many ways: design, art and food. She created SAOR Project with her husband Gianluca, a company about private chef service. Alessandra is the main chef, but she also collaborates with other chefs. She started to cook when she was 12 years old, taking recipes and secrets from her mother and grandmother. Just Forking Around is produced by Podcast MastersRead more »