Foundations Cooking and Art Camp 2019
July 22nd-26th 9am-3pm
$450 ($425 if you sign up before February 1st). 
 entering 4th-7th grade 

 

Los Angeles-based artist Molly Meng and Rye-based chef Nina Parrott are back for a second year of camp, excited to cook healthy, delicious food, and get creative and crafty with a variety of artistic mediums.

We will have fun in the kitchen with projects like:

  • Making doughs (pasta, pizza, pie) from scratch

  • Learning about hot and cold sauces (ratios for vinaigrettes; what’s a roux? What’s exactly in ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, anyway?)

  • Vegetable cookery, using the bounty of the Portsmouth Farmer’s Market

  • Making our own cheese, butter and ice cream

  • Roasting the perfect chicken

 

We will sit down to a delicious, vegetable-driven family-style lunch each day, prepared from scratch by campers... that means all you have to pack each day is a water bottle!

 

In the art studio, Molly will lead the group to explore techniques like:

  • Block printing and stamping:  best used tools and various inks

  • Paper marbling:  an ancient craft that can be applied as well to fabric

  • Collage:  a truly individual and freeing artistic process

  • Mail Art:  hand-crafted postings

  • Screen printing

  • Weaving:  an OG craft from our past, also applied to various materials

 

Our exciting addition this year is that on Friday we will open a restaurant! Campers will work together to come up with name, theme and menu, and will invite friends or family to dine on their specialties in a space where they will have applied their artistic knowledge to create and decorate.

 

Please note: We will do our best to accommodate any allergies/dietary restrictions, however please note that the kitchen is not allergen-free.

 

Please also note: We do our best to make the kitchen and art studio safe places to be. However there are definitely knives, fire, and other hazards. If you are not comfortable with your child working around these items, this camp is not a good fit.

around the world Cooking Camp 2019
August 12-16, 2019 9am-12:30pm
$285 
 entering 4th-7th grade 
with Nina Parrott and Jacquie DeFreze

 

 

 

 

In this camp, we will "visit" a new country each day, learn a bit about the climate, culture and history, and cook some signature dishes for lunch.

 

Exact countries are a bit TBD, but if we go to say, France, we will learn how cuisine near the coasts is different than inland... and how French food near the German border is different than French food near the Italian border.  We might taste some good cheese (and learn the different characteristics of goat vs cow vs sheep's milk), and maybe make some quiche and salade niçoise, and  profiteroles.

If we go to India, we will discuss how important spices are, and we will smell, taste, and cook with some. Bread is very important in Indian cuisine, so we might break up into groups to make chapati, naan and paratha- and taste how they are different and similar (might even sneak in some food science and learn about how yeast + flour + water "magically" turns into bread).

In Mexico, we would go beyond nachos and ground beef in a hard shell... we'll try some tamales wrapped in banana leaves, or maybe make our own tortillas for fish tacos. We'll learn how settlers from Spain came and brought dishes, but how both the available ingredients and the native populations influenced that cuisine, and made it evolve into modern Mexican cuisine.

 

We will focus on knife skills, being safe in the kitchen, and good basic techniques in the kitchen, no matter what cuisine we're cooking... and sit down to a homemade lunch each day before going home (or the beach!).

On Friday, everyone will put their skills to to the test and compete in a Top Chef-style Last Chance Kitchen!

Please note: We will do our best to accommodate any allergies/dietary restrictions, however please note that the kitchen is not allergen-free.

Please also note: We do our best to make the kitchen and art studio safe places to be. However there are definitely knives, fire, and other hazards. If you are not comfortable with your child working around these items, this camp is not a good fit.

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