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early bird food & garden summer camp special

26 Oct

Being followers of our blog, you may have heard about our food & garden summer camp. It’s a blast for our campers, as they get to explore the New York City foodshed and have fun food adventures!

At camp, we learn all about the food cycle, from sprouting seeds, composting and harvesting fresh produce from local rooftop farms, to writing our very own cookbooks. As the weeks progress our campers have explored farmer’s markets, created their own pickles and preserves, and have made bread and ice cream from scratch!

Our campers learn expert kitchen skills from local chefs, take tours of cheese caves, and trips to master chocolate makers. They also have plenty of opportunities to play outside, and go foraging and berry picking at summer’s peak.

We are offering an early bird special on our camp tuition: sign up by October 31st and receive 15% off camp tuition. Camp runs throughout July & August. For more information visit our website for our printable and online registration form.

Here are some additional details that may help answer some of your questions:

  • Camp runs from 9am-4pm
  • Camp date are: Monday, July 8th to Friday, August 16th.
  • We offer pick up and drop off in Brooklyn or Manhattan.
  • Campers are 6-12 years old.
  • We offer early care from 8-9am and after-care from 4-5pm.
  • Our daily fee includes a morning snack and home cooked lunch, 1 camp t-shirt, transportation to and from trips, and all activity materials.
  • Click here for payment details.

do you prefer fresh cheese, smooth cheese or stinky blue cheese best?

14 Jul

We knew our visit to Murray’s cheese would be fun.. but we could not have guessed how much. Check out this beautiful tasting plate all the campers were served with a wine glass of water, and a basket of freshly cut french baguette nearby – to clear our palates. Our guide Beth told us all the difference between eating, and tasting. All of us sat with perfect posture, wide-eyed and eager with expectation. The tasting happened after the cave tours though.

Check out our cave wear! Hair nets, lab coats, paper blue slippers for our feet and a good hand washing first to make sure we were clean to get close to the cheese in the caves:

We felt like real food scientists.

After seeing the difference between young cheese and mature cheese, checking out 40 pound wheels of cheddar and seeing the holes that are poked into the wheels of blue cheese (the holes let oxygen in, making the revered blue streaks of blue possible), we took off our cave gear and sat down again in front of our tasting plates.

Beth assured us it was fine to use any words that came to mind when tasting, even if what came to mind was stinky feet! She also assured us that even if a cheese smells funky, it might not taste so.  She also preferred to eat the cheese with her fingers rather than use a fork. She put us all at ease. Beth and Jordan, our trusty cheese guides and all at Murray’s, were excellent hosts. I highly recommend checking out their classes if you are interested in learning more about the magic that happens underground. We look forward to coming back with our campers in August!

For those of you still trying to sort out your August plans for your 7-12 year olds, we have a few spots available from August 1-15th, and are offering a 25% discount  to fill them up. Email me at Felicia@ButterBeansKitchen.com for details.