Outdoor Summer Camp 2021

“I watch cooking change the cook, just as it transforms the food.”

– Laura Esquivel

We are offering a variety of outdoor hands-on cooking camps this summer in Albany, California! 

We've got a line-up of fun and magical camps planned for this summer. After a year of being at home, we are so ready to spend some time cooking and playing outside together. Campers will have the opportunity to plant and harvest vegetables, cook outdoors, 
grill, play in the dirt and explore.  Youth and teen camps will take place in Memorial Park, as well as at the Albany Community Center. Led by dynamic duo Erin Steach and Alicia Faris your kids are sure to have a blast and learn some important skills this summer. We teach real-world, skills-based culinary techniques that will inspire your child to explore new foods and flavors, develop lifelong healthy relationships with food, and learn the ins and outs of the culinary world from industry pros. They will come home excited to share their new skills with your family! 

We believe the kitchen is a safe and fun place to explore, ask questions, and learn. Food connects the family and the community and cooking for others shows that we care. We are excited to offer a fun and safe environment for your kids to express themselves confidently, learn new skills, and explore with all of their senses this summer. This will be an experience they will never forget. 5 action packed weeks of camps begin on June 28th. Space is limited, sign up through Albany Parks and rec today! 

"With the first year of virtual kids' cooking camp underway, Chef Alicia is rockin' it with these afternoon Zoom cooking classes! They have put together a lovely and thoughtful menu and day-by-day cookbook with great tips, conversation, food science, and culinary education throughout each session.
My son is super engaged with the preparation and cooking process, proud of what he's making, and enjoying seeing the familiar faces. Brava!! So excellent!"

- Natalie K.

Summer Camps in Albany, California

Plant Magic 
* Teen Camp * 

Organic Carrots

AGES 12-16
JUNE 28th- JULY 2nd
9:30am-1:00pm

Memorial Park , Albany CA

A camp for the vegetarian-curious teen. We will learn how delicious and versatile vegetables can be, unearthing all the magic our plant allies have to offer us. Campers will learn skills-based techniques that will bring out the best in vegetables, as well as take a deep dive into delightful sauces and nutrient boosting spice blends. In addition to a week of delicious culinary adventures, campers will explore sustainable foraging practices and wild edibles and come home with the confidence to prepare balanced plant-based meals for their families and communities.  

Brunch Club
* Jr. Chef Edition *

AGES: 9-11

JULY 6th - JULY 9th 

9:30am-1:00pm

Memorial Park, Albany CA 

After this camp, parents can prepare to sleep in and be served breakfast in bed. Campers will learn all about breakfast traditions from around the world.  From shakshuka to smörgås, there’s a whole world of breakfasts out there worth exploring. We’ll cover the essential culinary skills and kitchen fundamentals to become confident chefs, mixing, flipping, baking, and even grilling our way to bountiful breakfast all day. Thinking outside of the cereal box, campers will learn unique recipes to add to their morning routine. 

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Plant Magic
*Jr. Chef Edition *

AGES 9-11 
JULY 12th- JULY 16th

9:30am-1pm

Memorial Park, Albany CA

A camp for the vegetarian-curious. We will learn how delicious and versatile vegetables can be, unearthing all the magic our plant allies have to offer us. Campers will learn skills-based techniques that will bring out the best in vegetables, as well as take a deep dive into delightful sauces and nutrient boosting spice blends. In addition to a week of delicious culinary adventures, campers will explore sustainable foraging practices and wild edibles and come home with the confidence to prepare balanced plant-based meals for their families and communities. 

Pop Up Restaurant Week
* Jr. Chef Edition *

AGES: 9-11
JULY 19th- JULY 23rd
9:30am-1:00pm

Albany Communiy Center Patio 

 This camp will cover the most important skills and techniques it takes to be an all star chef.  Throughout the week, teams will compete in mini competitions that build confidence and encourage teamwork. Industry pros will help campers to discover and embrace natural talents to find their niche in the world of restaurants. Campers will learn the ins and outs of running a professional kitchen and dining room. They will even design their own pop-up restaurant concept, creating everything from scratch, from table decor to delectable dishes.

Pop Up Restaurant Week
* Teen Camp *

AGES 12-16
JULY 26th- JULY 30th
9:30AM-12PM

Albany Communiy Center Patio 

An intensive, personalized program for teens that welcomes them into the world of the restaurant kitchen to give them the skills and know-how to cook like a chef at home.  Throughout the week, teams will compete in mini competitions that build confidence and encourage teamwork. Industry pros will help campers to discover and embrace natural talents to find their niche in the world of restaurants. Campers will learn the ins and outs of running a professional kitchen and dining room. They will even design their own pop-up restaurant concept, creating everything from scratch, from table decor to delectable dishes.

"I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience my daughter had last week at camp!  She’s been interested in cooking for a while but this was her first official class and she is totally hooked.  She asked if she could do it every week!  Alicia, you were fantastic!  As I popped in and out of the kitchen throughout the week I realized what a rage of experience you were dealing which could not have been easy. Thank you for your patience and enthusiasm! My daughter felt extremely proud of herself after each day and couldn’t wait to have all of us try her delicious creations.  Thanks for such a positive experience."  

 

Kristen M.

Path to Panacea

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