Camp Prep #2: Food
Welcome back to the WimberLead, your weekly news source for camp preparation. Just weeks ago, we read from the Passover Haggadah: “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” Hashem heard these words, as did we.
Let’s talk about food. (Not matzah, we promise.)
Move over “four questions,” did you know that CYJ Texas has the largest kosher kitchen in the Southwest? Our state-of-the-art facility is supervised by Chef Johnathen and his professional staff and includes three hot buffet lines (“how many?!” THREE!) and two separate kosher kitchens. Chef Johnathen’s team works on-site year-round and has experience serving all types of groups with all types of needs.
Wake up and smell the pancakes!
It’s 2021 and at CYJ Texas, we know things will look a little different. Meals and time spent in the dining room are a special aspect of the camp experience. This will be an area that will likely look noticeably different this summer. Meals will be served with recommended mitigation strategies. This will include eating in shifts, having more outdoor meals, and utilizing additional dining spaces. We will still have our signature buffets with designated staff serving campers.
The Chadar Ochel, or dining room, is a place we take as seriously as any other part of the summer camp experience. Our campers are super active, and we appreciate the importance of keeping them healthy with a variety of both nutritious AND kid-friendly options. (Don’t worry, kids, no brussel sprout wraps). Rest assured, we are thrilled to provide one of the best culinary offerings of any Jewish camp in America.
Whoever said breakfast was the most important meal of the day wasn't kidding. With that in mind, we're doing our best to make sure that our campers start their day off with a bang! Every breakfast will include cereal and eggs plus another entree such as pancakes, french toast, or waffles. If you thought "camp food = unhealthy food", think again! We always have cereal with milk (1%) and yogurt and granola on our breakfast buffet.
As for lunch and dinner, don't think we've overlooked those! In addition to salads, there's something for everyone with meals including hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, and even Chinese food. We wouldn't be a Jewish camp without kosher Chinese, would we?
Does your child have special needs when it comes to food? Not a problem! We handle many diets from lactose intolerance to nut allergies, gluten-free, vegetarians, and vegans. While camp may get nutty, our kitchen won’t (it’s nut-friendly). We provide options for all diets at every meal and our kitchen staff is available during meal service to answer questions. If your child has a special dietary need, please make sure that you have identified it in the Health History Form. Page 4 of the online form includes a Nutritional Profile where you can identify any special dietary needs or concerns. This will help our chef accommodate all special needs.
Part of the summer experience is trying new things and that includes food! Even the most adventurous eaters may not find every meal appealing, and for them, we have an extra box of unopened matzah (kidding! kidding!). Depending on the meal, our additional options include staple foods such as breakfast cereals, granola and yogurts, a bottomless fruit bowl, salads, soy butter for sandwiches, and pasta. Our counselors pay attention to their campers’ eating and help them navigate the choices or talk to the kitchen staff to ensure their well-being.
At camp, kosher food means tasty food. As we do every summer, we'll continue serving our famous breakfast tacos and our scrumptious Saturday morning coffee cake, all prepared by Chef Johnathen. Parents, are you thinking maybe it's time that YOU enrolled in camp?
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask: firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-723-8354. You can also search our Knowledge Base to learn more about not only food but everything else you need to know to get ready for camp.
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#2: Food at Camp