Classes & Camps
Join us for culinary madness in Adventure Kitchen summer camps 2017! Ride the rails with us for a real-life Culinary Adventure Tour, immerse yourself in the Series of Unfortunate Events universe, or spend a week partying in Party-Palooza camp!
CULINARY ADVENTURE TOUR - WEEK 1! Summer Camp 2017
CULINARY ADVENTURE TOUR - WEEK 1! Summer Camp 2017
Week 1: July 10-14 (Need a different week? View Itinerary for Week 2 7/17-7/21 HERE)
Full Day, incoming 6th-9th graders
LIMITED TO 10 ENROLLMENTS
Drop off 8:00-8:15am at Walnut St. train station in Montclair (train departs at 8:17am or 8:30am 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.
Hit the road with us for a week of unique, real-world culinary experiences!
Week 1 Itinerary:
Monday: Manhattan Madness
We'll start things off with shopping at Chelsea Market and a bite-sized doughnut from The Doughnuttery! Then we'll explore the High Line and head to Beecher's Cheese Shop to meet the cheese monger, find out about cheesemaking, taste some cheeses and have lunch. Finally, we'll head to Eataly, one of the world's largest Italian markets, for more shopping and a scoop of gelato before heading back to Montclair.
Tuesday: Brooklyn's Da Bomb
We're heading to Coney Island for hot dogs at the original Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, home of the world-famous hot dog eating contest every July 4th. After exploring the beach and boardwalk, we'll take the subway to Avenue J for pizza at the world-famous Di Fara's pizza shop, where Dom De Marco has been making each pie himself for over 50 years. Then we'll head to Fort Greene to explore Fort Greene Park and get a cone from Fort Grace Ice Cream Shop before heading back to Montclair. (Extra stops if time permits may include the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Brooklyn Grange.)
Wednesday: Chinatown Rocks (and so does the Greenmarket!)
We'll start the morning with egg tarts from Taipan Bakery in Chinatown, then head to the Union Square Greenmarket for a guided tour, plus shopping and exploration. Then we'll head back to Chinatown to sample classic Chinese-American dishes at some historic restaurants. Then we head to the Museum of Food & Drink in Brooklyn to tour the exhibit CHOW, exploring the history and culture behind Chinese-American restaurant cuisine.
Thursday: Montclair Mania
We'll spend this day right in our own delicious town. First, we'll grab some doughnuts from Montclair Bread Co., and next we'll attend a live Montclair taping of "The Kitchen" for The Food Network! Then, it's lunch on Walnut St., ice cream at Absolute Zero, horchata and chips at Mezoco Tacqueria, and a Montclair Foodie Scavenger Hunt.
Friday: Young, Scrappy and Hungry
We're not throwing away our shot! We'll enter NYC just like Alexander Hamilton did: on a ship (or in our case, a ferry) in New York harbor, where we'll be able to see the Statue of Liberty. Next, we'll see something Hamilton could probably never have imagined: the World Financial Center, tallest building in New York City, and home of Bon Appetit magazine! We will get an exclusive, private tour of the two headquarters kitchens at Bon Appetit, the top food publishing brand in the US. Then, it's tapas for lunch at Fraunces Tavern, the oldest bar-restaurant in NYC and the very same place Hamilton, Washington, Lafayette and Laurens hung out together and hatched plans for the American revolution. While we're there, we'll visit the Fraunces Tavern Museum and more Hamilton-related historic spots in lower Manhattan.
NOTE: We've got 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.
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. But 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, bring a water bottle and be prepared to carry their own things themselves.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is gonna be so much fun! Hope you can join us!!
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