Arista Pasta!

Arista Pasta!  Isn’t that a great name?

My brother-in-law’s brother Benjamin Herried (yes, the same family who produced John Herreid, who did my book cover!  Ridiculously talented bunch of people) has been selling fabulous handmade pasta products at their local farmer’s market, using local sustainable produce.  Delicacies like Caramelized Fall Pear and Gorgonzola Ravioli and Sweet Potato and Roasted Garlic Gnocchi.

Pardon me, I need to mop the drool off my keyboard.

So, it’s been very popular, and they could be doing so much more, but the only have use of a commercial kitchen once a week.  If they could find their own kitchen and get some equipment, they could really take off.  But starting a business in Washington State is an expensive and cumbersome process, I hear.  Lots of fees from state and local goverments, lots of hoops to jump through.

So they’re launching a Kickstarter Campain to raise some funds for Arista Pasta. Check out this video, that begins with a still of one of their five lovely kids enjoying her daddy’s pasta, with the lovely jumble of family life behind her, with the lovely rosary draped down the side. (If the video isn’t showing up, you can see it here. It’s short and sweet!)


I only made pasta once in my life, with the Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and it was not an elevating experience.  Ben Herreid, though, is all about detail, all about doing it right.  For instance, he’s using these gorgeous bronze pasta dies for the best texture:

Sorry, I’m immoderately fascinated by the bronze pasta dies. I want some.

Benjamin’s wife Anne Marie told me,

I want people to know that if they contribute even five bucks they’ve made our day, we aren’t looking for massive bank breaking support.  We’re hoping for a bunch of little support and of course prayers. I really loved the recent reading about the guy who goes and bugs his neighbor for a loaf of bread in the middle of the night to feed a visitor, and how he relents cause it’s just so annoying. That’s us.

How can you resist?  Arista Pasta!  And they have lovely gifts for donors at various levels.  And please, even if you can’t contribute, say a quick prayer for their success — and spread the word!  Thanks.

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