Youth & Teen Noodle Camps

Each day of this intensive hands-on camp, participants will learn and practice unique noodle-making techniques from around the world, then use the noodles they make to prepare a variety of delicious savory dishes.

Instructor: Chef Joel Olson.

Monday: Italian Pasta—Prepare handmade egg pasta then decide which pasta shapes and/or raviolis you wish to make. Choose from these fun pasta shapes: Cavatelli (small hollow shells); Orecchiette (small ear-shaped pasta); Pappardelle (large broad flat noodles) and Quadrucci (little squares). For ravioli, choose from these delicious fillings: Three-Cheese Filling or Spinach and Feta. Pastas will be tasted with these two sauces: Agloi e Olio (Garlic and Oil) and Classic Marinara. Chocolate Biscotti Rounds complete the menu.

Tuesday: Ramen—There are innumerable variations of ramen, made from these basic components: broths, noodles, seasonings and toppings. Participants will first learn to make ramen noodles and then learn to make classic broths for various delicious styles of ramen: miso, chicken, sweet pork and vegetable broth (based on the four base “tare” (flavors): Shio, Shoyu, Miso and Tonkotsu. A variety of toppings will be available to customize your chosen ramen dishes (both meat and vegetarian). Sesame Ramen Salad, Ramen Alfredo and Ginger Cookies complete the menu.

Wednesday: Rice Noodles—Learn to make these quick and easy, gluten-free noodles and use them to prepare these delicious dishes: Pad See Ew (Thai Stir-Fried Noodles); Vegetable Pad Thai; Coconut Rice Noodles with Ginger and Wilted Summer Greens; Quick Vegetable Pho; Saigon Cinnamon Cookies.

Thursday: Soba Noodles—Soba noodles are unique, fun to make and delicious to eat. Campers will learn to make soba noodles from scratch and then use them to prepare these delicious dishes: Teriyaki Soba Noodles with Asian-Style Vegetables; Sesame Soba Noodle Cakes with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce; Jade Noodles with Spinach and Zucchini; Delicate, Buttery Green Tea Shortbread.

Friday: International Noodles—Chinese Biang Biang Noodles; German Spätzle; Polish Kopytka. Campers will learn to make these three different styles of noodles from different countries and then prepare dishes with them: Biang Biang Mian (somewhat spicy noodles with vegetables); Spätzle with Mushroom Gravy; Kopytka (Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings) with Sautéed Vegetables; French Butter Cookies.

8-12 years

5 lessons @ 3 hrs, $396/$360 MCC district residents
1303.124          M-F, 7/15-7/19          9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

13 years+

5 lessons @ 3 hrs, $396/$360 MCC district residents
1304.124          M-F, 7/15-7/19          1:30-4:30 p.m.


Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19


9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


McLean Community Center
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101


Chef Joel Olson