B-More Pasta is the pasta company of the In Cucina Social Enterprise.
We create training and job opportunities for young adults in Northern Baltimore.
In Cucina is the social enterprise of the Italian Cultural Center of Maryland, a non-profit founded in Charm City in 1955. In 2015 ICC started the Be a Chef for a Day Festival to teach cooking 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 May 1st, 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.