March 21 is Persian New Year. Geve Irani is a farmer with Rutiz Farm. He is Persian and celebrates every year with fresh produce from the market.
Kris Tominaga is the Chef de Cuisine at Joe's on Abbot Kinney in Venice (1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd.). Kris is using fresh Zuckerman Farms asparagus for a pasta dish. Peel the tops of the asparagus and saute in olive oil, shallots and vegetable stock. Dice the asparagus bottoms and saute until it's soft. Mix the bottoms with ricotta, mascarpone and parmesan cheeses. Combine with shallots and parsley. Use this mixture to stuff inside agnolotti pasta. Boil the agnolotti and finish them with brown butter and parmesan cheese. Serve the pasta with the sauteed asparagus tops.