WATCH: An intro to Culinary Arts, Manitou’s hottest new activity!

ICYMI in our newsletters this past year, Manitou has a new program on campus. It’s our very own cooking workshop, otherwise known as Culinary Arts!

The story: For a long time, we kept noticing how much our campers loved cooking the veggies they grew at Greenhouse, or getting creative with edible crafts in various activities on Art Hill. From program director emeritus Jay Wengle’s infamous candy apples to the canoe trippers’ tasty cereal marshmallow treats, baking and cooking has become a much sought-after pastime here at Manitou.

And now, there’s a place where the kids can do it all. Under the watchful guidance of professional chef Victoria Hobal, campers of all ages head over to the stunning new Culinary Arts building to prepare everything from cookies to pizza dough with shiny new kitchen utensils and moose aprons!

Last week’s menu included chocolate granola with pears and crème fraîche. Yep, seriously.

Wanna see it in action? Check out this adorable intro video we made featuring some of the camp directors’ tiny tots making jello orange slices! [Note: this is a dramatization featuring babies. Any resemblance to actual Manitou campers is purely coincidental.]

Today, the campers are making margherita pizzas, and in the afternoon, they’ll be cooking soup for charity with Soup Sisters and donating it to women’s shelters across the region.

For us, that’s the real takeaway. We’re thrilled to have this engaging new program at Manitou that combines creativity and community, that offers a sense of both personal and greater reward. The kids are thrilled, too.

Manny the “Mousse” & the Manitou Family