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CULINARY ADVENTURE CAMP Week 2 (July 15-19, 2019)

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CULINARY ADVENTURE CAMP Week 2 (July 15-19, 2019)

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CULINARY ADVENTURE CAMP Week 2 (July 15-19, 2019)


Theme: NYC Tongue Tour

Full day, lunch included, 6th-9th grades


Spend the week exploring the real-world food scene in NYC with us!

Believe it or not, the human tongue can only detect 5 tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. Take your tongue on a tour of NYC with us, exploring one new taste each day.

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Hit the road with us for a week of unique, real-world culinary experiences!  

This Week’s Theme: NYC Tongue Tour

Believe it or not, the human tongue can only detect 5 tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. We'll learn how it is we can taste all the other flavors in the world, as we take our tongues on a tour of NYC, exploring one new taste each day.

Detailed itinerary is in development, but will include:

Monday: Salty

Salt is magical. Not only does it make things like French fries, potato chips and popcorn taste deliciously salty, but it also keeps food from going bad, and has the power to bring out every other flavor! We'll tour NYC in search of the best salty foods, explore the preservation powers of this mighty mineral in things like ham and hot dogs, and taste-test our way through lots of delicious treats to teach our palates about the power of salt.  

Tuesday: Sour

Sour makes us pucker. Chefs often call these foods "acids": lemons, limes and oranges, as well as vinegar and wine! (Don't worry parents, we won't taste wine.) But we will explore the role of all of these flavors in preserving foods and brightening flavors in things like adobo, tacos, lemonade, and wine sauce on a steak. 

Wednesday: Sweet

That's right, baby - this camp is gonna be suh-weeeet! We'll taste and describe the differences between different sweet things like honey, cane sugar and maple syrup, and we'll also be able to detect the sweet in roasted carrots and caramelized onions! And of course, we'll eat lots of sweets. Yum!

Thursday: Bitter

Don't be afraid - Bitter Day means Chocolate Day! Yup, chocolate is bitter, and so is the kale in your favorite salad, the bok choy in your ramen bowl and the coffee in your frapuccino! We'll find out which of us is the most sensitive to bitter (everybody's different!), we'll learn to distinguish between sour and bitter, and we'll visit chocolate shops, and more.

Friday: Umami

Umami is really hard to describe, but by the end of this day, you should be able to detect it in your favorite tomato sauce, hamburger, sushi dinner or parmesan pasta.

Check out these pics from previous years:

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change. We'll have tickets and reservations and plans for each day, but this camp takes place in the real world where sometimes things change! Adventure is guaranteed, but no single destination is.

Drop off 8:00-8:30am at Walnut St. train station in Montclair (train departs between 8:15am and 9:30am each day, depending on itinerary)

Return to Walnut St. station between 5:00-6:00pm each day (schedule varies depending on daily activities)

Detailed schedules will be provided to families.

Lunch will be provided each day, along with some extra tastings and treats. We have selected certain foods and experiences to enrich the kids and give them a memorable culinary foundation. Kids are welcome to bring additional spending money for souvenirs or extra treats that are not included in the day's plans.

This camp is great for adventurous and not-so-adventurous eaters alike! Foodie kids will have much to pique their palates, and there will also be plenty of foods that are familiar and enjoyable to most kids. And no matter what we're eating, we never force or pressure kids to taste anything they don't want to try. Kids who are nervous about finding something they will like to eat are welcome to bring a bag lunch - no shame! Adventure Kitchen is all about joyfully encountering food as a means of discovery and connection, and there will be something for everyone as we have fun exploring the world of food around us.

While we will have destinations in mind for each day, we will also take advantage of unexpected adventures as they arise. Side-trips, finds and surprises are par for the course! We'll be walking and relying on public transportation all week long, so kids should wear sturdy walking shoes, dress for the weather, wear sunblock, bring a water bottle and be prepared to carry their own things themselves.

Lynley Jones, owner and creator of Adventure Kitchen.

On Monday, before we depart we'll cover NYC "survival skills" to be sure everyone is comfortable and confident for the adventures ahead. We'll discuss train safety and rules like staying where we can see each other, using the bathroom when you can, and other guidelines to be sure everyone is prepared whether this is their first time in NYC or they're a veteran. We have lots of adventures planned, but we'll take things at a pace that keeps everyone feeling safe and included.

Campers each week are accompanied by Lynley Jones (owner and creator of Adventure Kitchen) and another adult assistant familiar with public transportation. Lynley is certified in First Aid and CPR.

We'll post status and pics throughout the week on social media, and parents are welcome to follow our adventures there:

Questions? Email me at lynley@adventurekitchen.com.

This is gonna be so much fun! Hope you can join us!!

Please note that photographs and/or video may be taken at Adventure Kitchen classes and events. If you'd rather not appear in these, just let us know. Thanks!