BALTIMORE — Lance White, 20, reflects on all the different shapes, colors and flavors of pasta he’s made at B-More Pasta since becoming his pasta engineer two years ago.
“Some of them can be different colors, whether it’s spirulina or beet red. We made one with wine once, that was good.”
His pasta knowledge is impressive, especially when asked what kind of pasta experience he had before taking the job.
“None,” he said. “Not at all.”
From not at all to pasta pro, White is an example of B-More Pasta’s mission.
“B-more Pasta is the social enterprise that aims to offer young people aged 16 to 24 the opportunity to learn more about a business, learn how to manage a business, learn how to make pasta and do a little cooking at the same time,” said Miller Roberts, community engagement coordinator at B-More Pasta.
B-More pasta is under the aegis of The BIT center, which offers several other programs like Be a Chef For a Day, which teaches children how to cook, and In Cucina, which teaches families how to cook. When the pandemic started, they started handing out boxes and bags full of fresh food and pantry items.
Roberts said it seemed a bit crazy to start a business venture during a pandemic, but it turned out to be a big success.
“Turns out it was the right thing to do because so many people were home and needed things to do with their families. Our online cooking classes were so popular.”
B-More Pasta provides a revenue stream to not only support current BIT Center programs, but it also paves the way for new projects, such as a school bus equipped with a kitchen for on-the-road cooking classes and distribute food.
“When you think about food and what it means to a family and a community, it’s about bringing people together and breaking bread,” Miller said. “It’s amazing that we can serve so many different purposes in the community and I think that’s why we’re all so energized by it.”
B-More Pasta is sold in a few locations and the hope is to expand its availability in stores. You can also order the pasta online by clicking on here.