The Oliveto kitchen was full of fun and giggles this past week with a visit from the very cool Sprouts Cooking Club. Started by UC Berkeley grad Karen Rogers in 2006, SproutsĀ aims “to provide children the opportunity to cook in real restaurants with ‘real’ ingredients, under the tutelage of real chefs.”

During the summer camp session, campers visit a different restaurant nearly every day. During Monday’s visit under the guidance of Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel, Sprouts’ chefs learned how to make Jonah’s famous gnocchi and from sous chef Antoine they got to take their turn running the pasta laminator (always a favorite, even among employees). Their excitement and curiosity was contagious and brought a smile to many a face.

Thanks to Sprouts for letting us participate in this year’s program! Let’s do it again.