A Very Special Celebration

'Ramune,' Japansese "marble sodas" for the kids' bar.  Adults enjoyed them too!  (How could we not?"

‘Ramune,’ Japansese “marble sodas” for the kids’ bar. Adults enjoyed them too! (How could we not?”

This past weekend Herbnpeach got to cater my first post-camp event with Camp Scatico campers.  The Newman family hired me to cater their daughter Miko’s bat mitzvah.  It was a very special celebration, as bat mitzvahs often are.  I am so grateful to the Newmans for bringing Chef Ally on board before they had a chance to get to know me!  (Dr. Jessica, you should consider moonlighting as an event planner!)

On another note, it was amazing to see the campers all spiffed up and out of green and white uniform.  Only two months has gone by and already they seem so grown up!  Oy vey, I sound like a Grandma.  Enough of that!

Everyone enjoyed mini-matzo ball shooters, pigs in blankets, and a mac-and-cheese station with mini -chicken parmesan and meatballs. Sushi rolls were made to order!

Everyone enjoyed mini-matzo ball shooters, pigs in blankets, and a mac-and-cheese station with mini -chicken parmesan and meatballs. Sushi rolls were made to order!

Another #Scatico staffer, Cory Schwartz, was hired to photograph the event.  I look forward to posting some of his professional shots, but for now I will just share mine…

A grand entrance at the Helen Mills Theatre for Miko and her guests!

A grand entrance at the Helen Mills Theatre for Miko and her guests!

Camp Motto: Be Prepared!

Strawberry, mint and lemon-infused water!

Strawberry, mint and lemon-infused water!

Anyone who’s spent any time at a summer camp will tell you that one of the lessons you learn is to be prepared.  A day’s mean sunburn will teach you to wear sunscreen.  A leg covered in bug bites will teach you to pack Off.  And seven weeks of cooking for hundreds of children means you have to prep, prep, prep!  I tested over 40 new recipes before I even got to camp!

Luckily, I had the help of Chef Derek, who caters part time with Herbnpeach.  Over five three-hour sessions, we tackled 42 different recipes (some multiple times) before coming up with a menu/syllabus for Camp Scatico.  I’ve shared pictures of some of our projects below.  Check back to see how all our hard work went over with the campers!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.  99.9% sure the kids'll love these!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. 99.9% sure the kids’ll love these!

Mini S'more Brownie Bites:  the ultimate camper treat

S’mores Brownie Bites: the ultimate camper treat

Flourless chocolate cookies.  #yum

Flourless chocolate cookies. #yum

Homemade Pasta-- thanks Chef Derek!

Homemade Pasta– thanks Chef Derek!

Kale chips, pita chips and tzatziki

Kale chips, pita chips and tzatziki