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Kids will be Cooks
Over the summer, we had the opportunity to do some really wonderful events and collaborate with some wonderful people in and around Tuscania. One of our favourite days was spent in July at Arte e Agricoltura, an agriturismo owned by our friends Maurizio Pio Rocchi and Petra de Goede; for more than 20 years they've been using their talents as artists as well as farmers to bring some incredible events to life. This year was the eighth year that they've held a summer camp for children, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to show kids how to make pasta. And indeed, despite intense heat and the lure of a very awesome swimming pool, the kids were passionate. Their orecchiette game was also pretty on point.
During that same week our friend Gina was visiting from New York with her two daughters and Juliet (far right) got to participate in the pasta class with the other kids. She's already an incredible kid but her fearlessness in a room full of kids who didn't speak the same language was truly admirable. Plus, her homemade hat was wicked.
Making pasta is a pretty labourious activity for most chefs and the finished product is often dependent on the right temperature and timing. Of course, with a bunch of kids, success is mostly measured by how much you can squeeze stuff in your hands and pretend it's slime. Victory!
Of course, we finished up the pasta bases when the kids finally decided that the pool was too tempting, but they were really enthusiastic participants and we all had a great time. Petra had also planned for a meal later that evening where all of the parents were invited, so we cooked all of the pasta in a tomato basil sauce and had the children serve their families that evening. Needless to say the finished product was a bit, well, dense; the kids were proud, the parents were proud, and we were really honoured to have been there for it.