Taneytown Brownie Scouts learn art of pizza-making


March 30, 2000|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE 20 EYES WERE focused on one man. The Pizza Man.

Tim Chiaruttini, owner of No Anchovies in Taneytown, was beginning his lesson on how to make pizza to 10 Brownie Scouts in Troop 171. The Scouts were there to earn their "try-it" food badges, said Faye Repasse, troop leader.

Chiaruttini took a round of dough and held it up for the girls to see. He explained how important yeast was to the dough. Yeast makes the dough rise, he said.

"First thing I am going to do is put a light coat of flour on this dough," he said. "Then I'm going to slap it."

Chiaruttini said slapping the dough gets the air bubbles out and helps activate the yeast. He slapped the pizza dough back and forth, then tossed it in the air. The girls looked on in awe.

Several of the Brownies tried to imitate Chiaruttini with hilarious results.

Chiaruttini put the dough on a mesh pan and the sauce on the dough. He talked a bit about what vegetable and meat toppings could go on and how important each of these is to diet. The pizza was ready for the oven after toppings were added.

It was time for the girls to try their hands at pizza-making.

"Everyone is going to get a chance to make a pizza," Repasse said. "But we have to do it one at a time."

Repasse, a troop leader for 11 years, said she thought it would be fun for the girls to earn their badges at a restaurant, but wasn't sure where she could go.

"I picked No Anchovies because he had a small restaurant and I had been buying pizzas from him," Repasse said. "His place was small and clean, and he was the sole owner. With the chains, you have to write the corporation and wait for an answer. It would take forever. This was much better."

Chiaruttini agreed to conduct the pizza lesson with the Brownies and opened his place early one Saturday morning.

"I usually do two or three groups like this a year," said Chiaruttini, who has been in business for 12 years. "But this is the first time I've had all little girls. It's fun for the kids. I like to do it, and many of these people are my customers."

The girls were enthusiastic, though shy with words.

Catherine Poss, 7, of Taneytown said her favorite part was putting on the cheese.

"That was the fun part," she said. "But the hard part was flipping it in the air."

Others said learning to make a real pizza in a pizza shop was a thrill.

"This is really exciting," said Amanda Simon, 8, of Taneytown, a Brownie for two years. "I've never done anything like this."

Repasse, whose daughter was in Scouting for many years, said the girls commented later that the atmosphere at the pizza place made them feel comfortable.

"And they had a really good instructor," she said. "They asked him so many questions. And he started at the very beginning, learning to fold the box. Each girl got to take a large pizza home with three toppings."

New minister in Taneytown

The Rev. Arthur Dicken Thomas Jr. is the new pastor of Messiah United Methodist Church in Taneytown. Thomas previously was pastor of Deer Park United Methodist Church in Reisterstown.

Besides his church work, Thomas teaches part time at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington and at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore.

He is a 1972 graduate of William and Mary College in Virginia, where he received a bachelor's degree with a major in history and minor in religion. He received a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts in 1975.

He earned his doctorate in church history at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.

"I'm hoping to bring insights from my seminary teaching to my congregation at Messiah Church," Thomas said. "People are visiting spiritual directors for guidance concerning their life's goals and for assistance in developing intimacy with God."

Thomas was a Presbyterian minister before switching to the Methodist church in 1996. He has published two books and 40 articles on church history and spirituality.

This spring, he is leading an art and spirituality tour of France and Germany for two seminaries and invites anyone interested to join the group.

Thomas said he looks forward to meeting people in the community. He invited the public to attend the cantata "Hallelujah What a Savior" at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 25 Middle St.

Information: 410-756-6092.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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