|Salad Bar Smiles|
I wish I could say that at Camp Newman
there was nothing to eat,
that the food sucked,
that the camp could not accommodate my picky palate,
or that I refused to eat the usual carb-heavy muck that passes for institutional food service.
I wish I could say all that because then I might have lost the extra weight I was supposed to lose to camp.
But None of that Happened
Because the food at Camp Newman is so delicious, nutritious, green, balanced, and plentiful, that I ate too much. And I gained weight.
I tried to be a "good boy." On the days they served chicken nuggets or grilled cheese, I hit the salad bar instead. I stayed away from the pasta bar that is available at all lunches and dinners. I didn't make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as many campers do when seeking extra protein.
So Why did I Gain Weight at Camp?
|Salad Bar Heaven|
Between the fresh lettuce,
hard boiled eggs,
3 kinds of fruit,
and a bunch of healthy things that I don't eat -
oh, and at least 3 kinds of salad dressing plus oil and balsamic vinegar -
this place competes with Fresh Choice restaurants for healthfulness and variety.
Maybe I snacked too much on the fresh fruit, available 24/7. Can one eat too many bananas, apples (delicious and fuji), and oranges?
Chef Tammy Kempner: A Wonder-Worker
|Tammy also bakes delicious cookies|
She works in a kitchen designed 25 years ago to churn out 200 plates per meal. Today, without kitchen expansion or upgrades, Tammy prepares 6 sittings totaling 2,800 delicious meals a day. Plus snacks twice daily for 1,400.
In addition to the regular meal, Tammy daily provides meals for people with special dietary needs, including
(and of course, pasta-tarians).
The Kids Say Great Things About the Food
"There are always options," said Sydney, an 11th grade Avodahnik from Calabasas, "The peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are always great snacks when I want something extra."
|Fresh Fruit Every Morning|
Jake, a 19 year old counselor from Southern California, kvelled, "Coming from college to Camp Newman is kind of a relief. I don't need to be innovative with my food anymore. Everything is laid out for us. My campers are excited for the food no matter what meal it is.
The Battle of (my belly) Bulge Continues
Soon enough, I'll be home to hit the treadmill. I'll dream about Camp Newman, wearing sandals and shorts all the time, and the Camp Newman Chadar Ochel experience. Good food, lovingly prepared, easily accessible. Yum!
Thank you Tammy (and the whole kitchen crew) for keeping me well fed with the tasty variety of meals you serve daily.
So what's your favorite camp meal?