Creating a revenue stream for our Be a Chef for a Day program has always been a desired step for us, but the Pandemic showed us we had to speed up so we can create jobs in the community and support families in multiple ways!
This has not been a journey without hurtles and for sure we had things to learn at every step!
There are so many we have to thank, but the first thank you goes to this incredible team: young adults, volunteers, seniors, community members. When we received our license from the State of Maryland there were many happy faces around and we are thankful life brought us together (Francesco, Curt, Lance, John, Kathy, Mary Jo, Jim, Suzanne, Pete, Dominique, Jeanne ad Matteo for all the pictures!)
There will be no B-More Pasta without France-Merrick Foundation and the dozens of donors who have matched their generous grant to buy the initial equipment.
Thank you to Russell and Maya of Motzi Bread for showing us what a community business is and always be willing to share.
To Lane Levine of A Friendly Bread for endless marketing tips and incredible support.
To Eben and Jonathan at B-More Kitchen: this process during Covid wasn't easy, but you helped us to make it easier.
To Director Tisha Edward and the entire staff at the Mayor Office of Children and Family Success for lifting our kids and their work.
To Carol Rice for believing in us since day 0 when probably even we couldn't.
To Leila Kohler-Frueh, Angie Winder, Andy McNeely (and the entire Front Porch Family), Sandi McFadden, Devon Ritchie, Miller Roberts III, and Del. Regina Boyce for cheering on us.
To Dawod Thomas for being a formidable ally all the time!
To the ICCM Board of Directors and Advisors and to every single one of you that have lifted us up in the last 17 months of work with a card, a cake, a text message, a phone call.
While listening to my favorite Podcast (our Baltimore Best Podcast - No Pix After Dark of Aaron Dante!) a phrase shared by Delegate Brooke Lierman got stuck in my head as it synthesized perfectly why we do what we do...
Because we all do better when we all do better!
We are the social enterprise of the Italian Cultural Center, conceived during the Covid-19 Pandemic as an answer to creating jobs for young adults in our community and to achieving a consistent revenue stream for our Be a Chef for a Day and BACFAD Community Kitchen programs. When you buy our top-of-the-notch bronze-extruded fresh pasta you support:
Our pasta is made at B-More Kitchen.
Italian Cultural Center of Maryland is a non-profit founded in Charm City in 1955. In 2015 ICCM started the Be a Chef for a Day Festival to teach cooking to kids based on the Mediterranean Diet.
Six years later, the program is available in many elementary and middle schools around the city and online.
On March 16th, 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 crisis that left many parents jobless and kids hungry, we started the BACFAD Community Kitchen to serve warm meals to our neighbors.
In 2020 only we cooked and distributed 132.000+ warm meals.
With the Community Kitchen came the opportunity to start a training program for young adults (or Opportunity Youth, young adults between the age of 16 and 24 that are not in school and don't have a job).
As funding for the COVID-19 was fading, we had to find a way to keep financing our warm meals, keep our young people employed and keep hiring and this is what BMore Pasta is for!
You will enjoy quality pasta while keeping the meals coming and young adults employed. What's better than that?
We want to share our pasta with you and we want o see your creations!
Help us to find our perfect slogan!
1) What's your shape?
2) Find your shape!
3) Embrace your shape
4) All the shapes of Baltimore
5) Make your shape!
6) We all come in different shapes
We will announce the winner on September 2nd, 2021 at our first Community Pasta Day
Monica, is ICC's first ED, the founder of Be a Chef for a Day, and the creative force behind all ICC initiatives. She brings 20+ years of experience in corporate baking and entrepreneurship.
With B-More Pasta she brings to Baltimore her mom's family history started more than 150 years ago in Gragnano, Italy where they have contributed to the making of the history of pasta.
Monica is a '2020 OSI Community Fellow for the BACFAD Mobile Training Kitchen and Market and an ICIC '2020 alumna for the B-More Pasta Project.
Kathy is the queen of the BACFAD Kitchen! She is responsible for all kitchen operations and supervises our pasta ops. She comes from Honduras and lives in North Baltimore with her son Haziel. When she doesn't cook, she loves to dance and explore Charm City.
Lance come to us through Youthworks in the summer of 2020 and was hired as a permanent member of our team. He is a creative and passionate cook, our fashion expert, and is going to take over our B-More Pasta Instagram account most of the time.
John has been active with ICC since 1999 and is (most probably) the first person you see when you approach our offices. He volunteer with us everyday and is in charge of the keeping order into the chaos of coordinating hundreds meals per day, grocery boxes, delivery and donations and now pasta boxes!
Francesco is our policy, administrative, HR, and everything in between Godsend! On a daily basis, he is responsible for coordinating our volunteers, creating the routes, supervising the grocery boxes program, and our large food distribution.
Francesco is ICC Board Chair.