Meryl Feinstein learned how to make pasta when she was on her honeymoon in Italy, and she says it was love at first sight.
When she and her husband returned to New York City, she started making pasta in their apartment, and after she mastered some of the basics, she started hosting friends to come and cook with her.
Eventually, those laid-back pasta nights turned into a business, Pasta Social Club, which Feinstein says is as much about helping people make new friends as teaching them how to make pasta.
After attending Institute of Culinary Education and cooking at several Italian restaurants in Brooklyn, Feinstein has the pasta-making down.
On her website, she shares recipes and instructions for making ravioli, farfalle, pappardelli and rigatoni, but also lesser known styles, such as bottoncini, kreplach, scarpinocc, bigoli, agnolotti, ritorte and garnanelli.
As for helping people make new friends, Feinstein has gotten pretty good at that, too. She and her husband recently moved to Austin, where she is now teaching Pasta Social Club classes and building her own social and professional network.
Feinstein’s first event of the new year is a tortellini class at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 in downtown Austin. The class costs $70, and she’ll send the address after booking.
You can also hire her to teach small, private classes or larger, team-building ones. She says she also might revive a supper club she had been hosting in Brooklyn in Austin as the year progresses. You can keep tabs on her upcoming events on the website or through her Instagram, @pastasocialclub.