Mixing bowls, cutting boards, spoons and spatulas are a few of the culinary tools youngsters are wielding at the newly opened Once Upon a Table cooking school for kids on Country Way in North Scituate.
Catering to small kids – kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders – business owner Linda Ricciardelli of Hingham offers students classes that are one part cooking class and one part storytelling.
“Once Upon a Table is all about making cooking comfortable, accessible and inviting for children,” said Ricciardelli, a former litigator and a current Hingham substitute teacher.
This week, as youngsters entered the 850-square-foot facility, they were greeted by the pleasing smell of home cooking.
“Today, we are preparing minestrone soup. In Italian, the word ‘minestrone’ means ‘big soup,’” she said.
Ricciardelli allows students to “make a mess and make mistakes while working on measuring, blending, peeling, grating and zesting,” she said.