I have made no attempt to hide the fact at how much I love being fed while at camp. I guess you could call me a “foodie” since I truly enjoy a high quality meal. Growing up, my father was an executive chef and I spent the better half of my childhood working at my parent’s restaurant and eating copious amounts of great food out of their kitchens, both at home and at work. I learned how to cook from my Dad and I consider myself a talented cook. While I always enjoy good meal, I don’t really like having to put forth the effort of making the food, cleaning up all the dishes, pans, plates and silverware after a meal. As well, I don’t really like paying the $100 at the end of dining experience in Manhattan either. But, I do love the eating aspect at Camp MMW!
The man pictured to the right is who we have to thank for our meals. I never met him personally so I will just call him “Chef.” Chef keeps it provacative! Every day, at every meal, it was something new. The drinks were the same every day. They serve fruit juices and fruit sodas and there is always plenty a special Woodstock blend organic coffee whenever you want it throughout the day. Unfortunately, beer can not be served at meal times since many of the campers are under 21. The food is always local. Always organic. Always delicious. I made notes of all the meals we had while at camp in 2009, I’ll start with the breakfasts.
Every breakfast included scrambled eggs and scrambled tofu with sun-dried tomatoes in it as well as fresh fruit, yogurt and granola if I recall correctly. Throughout the week at they also served bacon, sausage, blueberry pancakes, french toast, banana walnut/pecan pancakes, and “some of the best coffee cake I’ve ever had.” The biggest challenge of enjoying these wonderful breakfasts was being able to get out of bed in time to eat and not be late to ensemble rehearsal. Man I’ll tell ya, every night at Camp MMW is one that you don’t want to end but there’s an art of knowing when it’s time to call your bedtime so that you can effectively enjoy the next day to the fullest. On the final morning of camp, we walked into the dining tent and found an enourmous omelette station set up for us with chef there making each omelette personally and with great care. Man it was so delicious, I believe I had spinach, ham and cheese.
Next I want to talk about the lunches. Lunches followed a similiar format as breakfasts. You had staples like soda, some sort of salad or salad bar, a soup du jour and a starch like rice. The main course however, differed daily. Through out camp we ate tuna and hummus wraps, chicken and gravy, mozarella sandwiches, portabella mushrooms baked with peppers and cheese over the top of them, flatbread pizza and some “baller ass cookies and brownies!” At lunch you could always take your time since there was always an hour long break before the next master class. However, I always found myself trying to hurry through lunch so I could get to another jam in the barn or perhaps throw a football or frisbee around in the field down by the swimming pool. Man, there is never a dull moment at Camp MMW.
Now, as for the dinners… Unbelievable! Every night chef would come out and explain what he and his kitchen staff had prepared for us and every night it was something different and delicious. We always had salad and drinks but the main course and dessert changed every time. Let me break it down for you:
- Night 1. Fresh veggies, grilled chicken, and pesto penne pasta
- Night 2. Grilled tuna steaks with sauteed vegetables, baked red peppers and a dessert of fresh berries with whip cream and crumb cake
- Night 3. Organic Corn and potatoes, baked organic chicken and BBQ baby back ribs and a dessert of berries and brownies
- Night 4. Rolled eggplants with farmer’s market vegetables and wild salmon. Desert featured fried wontons smothered in melted milk chocolate.
- Night 5. Sauteed veggies with yukon gold mashed potatoes and filet mignon. For dessert we were served two platters full of chocolate covered strawberries.
Every meal was just so incredible. I felt like if I ate like that at in Manhattan or Brooklyn every day for a week, I’d easily spend over $1,000. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, the experience you get from The Full Moon Resort and it’s entire staff of waiters and cooks is well worth the cost of Camp MMW. The experience to listenplaylearndiscoverinvent with MMW as well as develop relationships with them and fellow campers is truly priceless. I just can’t wait until it’s time to head back upstate.
Now time for me to got eat. Screw practicing, I’m hungry!