Inn Girls Go Out – March
Last night the Inn girls went out to Pippin Hill Farm for a cooking class, pizza cooking class!
The property is beautiful; a windy road through their vineyards takes you up a hill to the main “farmhouse.” The modern farmhouse is warmly lit, very welcoming and includes an event space, restaurant and large veranda overlooking the valley. The class took place in the restaurant which has an authentic brick pizza oven and was outfitted with long tables of sheet trays and a plethora of fresh ingredients. We were offered a glass of Pippin Hill wine to get started, donned our aprons and were ready to get floury!
Chef Ian Rynecki started us off properly by making us wash our hands. Why I mention that is because it allowed us to have a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen! Again, I’ll just use the same adjective, beautiful! Industrial yes, but the hallway lined with interesting glassware and utensils and more..I loved it and definitely thought it was a treat. Ok now we were ready to literally get our hands dirty…Chef Ian let us in on his pizza dough secrets but since his dough proofs for 22 hours, he was nice enough to have premade dough for us. That didn’t stop us from having fun shaping the dough and, some of us, throwing it in the air! We had a choice of housemade traditional red sauce or arugula basil pesto. Toppings included mozzarella, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, oversized pepperoni, green peppers, fennel, arugula, speck and a very popular ingredient…roasted cabbage! (I wasn’t brave enough to add it to mine, but Lacy was!) We impatiently watched our creations bake…
One side of the restaurant is all windows, allowing the glow of the sunset to add a special ambience to the room. We dined at our farm-chic wooden table, drank more Pippin Hill wine and savored every bite of our pizza. I suggest my masterpiece.. pesto, mozzarella, caramelized onions and pepperoni. The dough was perfect, but we can not tell the secrets, you must go experience it for yourself! Great for couples, families or groups of friends, Pippin Hill offers not only cooking classes but lunch, wine tastings, special dinners, events and even s’mores Sundays. A convenient 15-minute drive from the Oakhurst Inn means lots of fun times to look forward to! I can’t wait to go back.
For more information, check them out! www.pippinhillfarm.com