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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!


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Week 2: July 17-21 (Need a different week? View Itinerary for Week 1 7/10-7/14 HERE)

Full Day, incoming 6th-9th graders


Drop off 8:00-8:15am at Walnut St. train station in Montclair (train departs at 8:28am)

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)

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

WEEK 2 Itinerary:

Monday: Melting Pot Madness

We're starting things off by visiting as many cultural food neighborhoods as we can in a single day! We'll sample the foods of lots of different people for a taste of the history and changing culture of NYC and the USA. We'll start with knishes at Yonah Schimmel and bialys at Kossar's, plus a quick visit to Russ & Daughters. Then, we'll head to Chinatown for dim sum at historic Nom Wah Tea Parlor. We'll head to Little Italy for some porchetta at Di Palo's, and then we'll take the subway up to Harlem for some peach cobbler or sweet potato pie at Sylvia's

Tuesday: Montclair Mania

We'll spend the day tasting our way through Montclair, which has been a food hotspot since colonial times! We'll start with doughnuts from Montclair Bread Co., then a hands-on olive oil tasting experience at Olive That & More. From there, we'll walk downtown for ramen at Fujiya, before heading to the historic Crane House at the Montclair History Center. We'll meet the chickens and get our hands dirty, channeling our inner farmers at the Community Garden on the property. Then, we'll use the produce we harvest to make our own snack in the working 18th century kitchen on the property. Finally, we'll head back uptown for (possibly) a quick treat on Bloomfield Ave., before heading back to Walnut St. Station to meet parents. 

Wednesday: New York Foodie Tour

We'll start the day shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket, then head to the No. 7 Sub shop at the Ace Hotel, where we'll meet Chef Tyler Kord, author of A Super-Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches and Broccoli. Chef Tyler will sign copies of his books for us and chat with us about chef-y things! We'll have lunch there, then do a bit more shopping before heading to the Museum of Food & Drink in Brooklyn to visit the exhibit CHOW: Making the Chinese-American Restaurant. 

Thursday: Chocolate + Brooklyn = Yum

We'll start the day with a visit to Jacques Torres Chocolate and Choco Story, the museum of chocolate! Then, we'll head to Brooklyn for lunch at Roberta's Pizzeria and visits to other Brooklyn foodie stops such as Bedford Cheese Shop, Archestratus culinary bookstore, Oddfellows Ice Cream, Patisserie Tomoko, Brooklyn Kitchen (store), and/or Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop (exact stops tbd).

Friday: Food & Freedom

We will tour the Bon Appetit magazine NYC headquarters! We'll be getting an exclusive tour of the headquarters kitchen of the top food magazine brand in the US, plus we'll visit the observation deck of 1 World Trade, also known as The Freedom Tower - the tallest building (and one of the most historically significant) in NYC! While we're in the neighborhood, we'll visit the Occulus and the 9/11 memorial. Then we'll head to lunch and more adventures in the afternoon. (We're purposely keeping lunch and afternoon plans flexible on this last day, in order to follow the interests and energy level of the kids.)

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 part of the fun! 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.

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 day 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!