Golden-edged pies stand alongside roast turkey as harbingers of the holidays. In the chaos that is the holiday kitchen, we'll use every tip, trick, and technique we can to make things a little more streamlined and delicious. In this hands-on crash course, Melissa Martin will help us master her recipe for tender, flaky dough and show us how to whip up classic yet modern fillings. We'll learn how to shape crusts into double-crust pies, galettes, and hand pies, plus decorate them with lattice tops and creative cuts so they're the prettiest thing on the dessert table. Each guest will leave with one fully assembled pie, which can be baked on the spot or frozen and baked just before Thanksgiving, plus an extra batch of their own handmade pie crust for on-the-spot rolling at home. Once we wash the flour off our hands, we'll all sit down for family dinner (savory pie, of course, plus salad and wine). About the Instructor Melissa Martin grew up on the bayou in Louisiana and has lived in New Orleans proper for 22 years. After graduating from Loyola University, she worked as an adult literacy teacher and then spent some time in California after Hurricane Katrina. Working at some of the top Napa Valley vineyards and restaurants, including White Rock Vineyards, the Lark Creek Inn, and Rubicon under Chef Kelly McCown, she honed her self-taught culinary skills to a professional level. Returning to New Orleans three years later, Melissa helped open Satsuma Café, a casual farm-to-table restaurant, and worked at Café Hope, a non-profit restaurant, teaching at-risk youth to cook and grow seasonal food. In 2014, she opened Mosquito Supper Club, a restaurant where she serves family-style Cajun meals to small groups of guests who have reserved their place at her table months in advance. She lives in a classic shotgun house in the Lower Ninth Ward with her dog Ezra. Her forthcoming Mosquito Supper Club Cookbook will be released in March 2020. FAQs When is check-in?Class begins promptly at 6pm. As a courtesy to other guests, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before class begins to allow time for the check-in process. The NOCHI Cafe by Gracious, located in our lobby, also offers a happy hour beginning at 3pm in case you'd like to arrive earlier for bites and cocktails. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?You will find ample street parking and several paid parking lots in the blocks surrounding NOCHI. The streetcar also runs directly outside our building! Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?No! We'll be checking names on our guest list. Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?Absolutely. Let us know if you have any questions. Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?That's fine! Just make sure they let us know upon check-in. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?We serve alcohol to anyone age 21+ and will be checking IDs upon arrival. May I take photos during class?Feel free to document your experience with us and share it on social media with the hashtag #intheNOCHI! You can find us on Instagram @nochi_grams, on Twitter @nochi_tweets, or on Facebook. Please leave professional photography and video equipment at home. How can I contact the organizer with any other questions?Drop us a line!