From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine: Summer Camps Go Gourmet

With many of us packing our kids off to sleep-away camp, be sure to check out the article in today’s New York Times on the growing focus of some summer camps on healthful, local and well-prepared food.   The shift from hot dogs to haute cuisine not only accommodates parents’ growing concerns about their kids’ diets, but also meets the discerning palates of little gourmands weaned on restaurant dining and the Food Network.  You can read the full story here.

And in case you missed it the first time around, this seems like a good time to remind you of my interview last September with one truly inspring summer camp director who makes ethical, healthful and sustainable food a real priority for his campers.

My own kids are headed off to their sleep-away camp in just a few days.  But when it comes to food, that camp is sadly more of the “bug juice” and Froot Loops variety.  What’s the food like at your kids’ summer day and sleep-away camps?  Is food a big factor in your decision making?  Would you be willing to pay significantly more in camp fees for better food?  Let me know in a comment below.

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