Food tastingsFood Tastings is a free cooking class for foodies and kitchen savvy people, presented by ABS-CBN Publishing Inc.'s Food magazine and the Lifestyle Network. The classes are held throughout the year as a treat for celebrating the 20th anniversary of Food magazine.

The first leg of the Food Tastings series titled “a Pizza and Pasta Class” featured easy-to-make home pizza and pasta recipes taught by renowned chefs Nancy Dizon Edarlin, Portia Baluyut and the chefs behind Project Pie.

It was a well spent Saturday (March 21) where we got to watch free cooking classes, try out all the dishes and had a fun time making our very own customized pizza. Here’s a preview of the event itself:

Food TastingsThe class was held at Project Pie, Tomas Morato. Project Pie Philippines is an artisan-inspired create-your-own-pizza place conceptualized by James Markham who pioneered the Chipotle-style assembly- line custom pizza niche.

Read more: PROJECT PIE Philippines: The Customize-Your-Own-Pizza-Pie Project by James Markham now in Manila!

Food TastingsChef Nancy and Portia taught us FIVE easy pasta recipes: Conchiglie with Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese, Pasta Negra, Pasta Portobello, Chicken & Chorizo Summer Cream Tomato Pasta

Food tastingsChef Nancy selected three people from the audience to act as her assistant for each recipe.

Food TastingsOne of the dishes she taught us is how to cook Pasta Portobello, with the expensive and tasty Portobello mushroom as the main ingredient.

Food TastingsWe liked the taste and texture of the mushroom especially when it's cooked right.

Food TastingsFor her last demo, she showed us how to cook Seafood pasta with squid ink or the "pasta negra". The challenge was how to get the squid ink. Apparently, you could buy a bottle of squid ink in specialty supermarkets.

Food TastingsPasta negra is typically paired with seafood: squid, mussels, clams, and prawns. You can add a pinch of red pepper flakes helps to give the dish some heat.

Watch Chef Nancy's demo on how to cook your own Pasta Negra:

Food TastingsThe event even got more exciting, when all the guests were invited to make their own pizza.

Food TastingsYou can get any topping you want, within the 5-minute marker.

Food TastingsWe decided to recreate Chef Leona's White Pizza; we added prosciutto, gorgonzola, mozzarella, feta cheese, garlic, caramelized onion and candied walnuts for the extra crunch.

Watch Chef Leona's demo on how to make her white sauce pizza:

Food TastingsWe almost successfully recreated the white pizza, except for the part that we overdid it with the gorgonzola. 😛

Thank you, Food magazine and the Lifestyle channel for inviting us in one of the Food Tastings event. We can't wait to be part of the next series and explore recipes on health and wellness, hearty breakfast meals, and delectable sugar rush gift ideas. 

PROJECT PIE PHILIPPINES
Tomas Morato Avenue, Laging Handa, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 4.00am daily
Mobile: +63 9175161524
Websitewww.projectpie.com
Instagram: @projectpieph
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