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June 17-21 - Summer Culinary Camp


Happy Girl Kitchen Co. Culinary Camp


9am-3pm (schedule varies a little on different days - see below)
For kids 8-15 years old
After care from 3-5pm available at an extra cost ($7 per hour)

173 Central Ave. Pacific Grove


Sibling discounts available and discounted assistant counselor positions available for some returning campers. Please inquire within.

Your child will learn:

            How to prepare healthy, local, seasonal meals

            Cooking and baking techniques

            Kitchen safety

            How to preserve the bounty of the region

            To make healthy food choices

In addition we will:

            Have 1 day on a local organic farm in Watsonville!!!

            Visit the local farmer's market

            Take field trips to the tidepools

            Have picnics at the beach

            Do arts and crafts projects

We will adventure in the happy girl kitchen and around Pacific Grove to learn about food and community! You do not have to pack any food as the children will be making and eating morning snacks, lunch and snacks and even taking home something every day! There is also an option for early drop off and late pick up for an extra fee. By the end of the week your child will be ready to help out in the kitchen and may have more skills than you do!  This camp will sell out so register early!


Up to 6 weeks before the camp you can receive a 90% refund.

Up to 2 weeks before the start date of camp you can receive a 50% refund.  

2 weeks or less before the start date of camp there is no refunds.



Schedule: Arrive, prepare and eat breakfast together and talk about plan for the day. Food prep for lunch and preserved food of the day. Go on walking outing around Pacific Grove to enrich our day. Return for lunch or eat a picnic lunch out. Make preserved goods and soup to take home. Art project. Depart.

Monday: 9-4PM


Overview day! We will plan our menu for the week and learn about the big picture of food. We will start the morning out by making gallettes and getting comfortable in the kitchen. We will walk to Nob Hill and learn how to shop well! Your children will learn how to read labels and explore the geography of the store and understanding the role of a modern grocery store in our food systems (think Michael Pollan). Seasonality, processed food, sustainability and health. I will have every child pick out their favorite food and we will read the label and see if we can create a more healthy version. We will then break for lunch at Happy Girl. In the afternoon we will walk to the Monday Farmers Market in Pacific Grove and counter what we learned in the grocery store with what we are experiencing in the market. We will also go to the library to pick out some botanical art books and cook books to inspire our week! We will return and learn the art of pickling that afternoon.



Today we will be visiting a local organic farm in Watsonville called Lonely Mountain Farm! On the small diversified farm we will learn where our food comes from and kids will get a chance to plant and harvest and get their hands in the dirt. They will milk goats and we will make goat milk ice cream right at the farm. We will be harvesting flowers for our big celebratory feast. We will also be starting sprouts for the week and harvesting strawberries to make strawberry jam. Drop off will be at 8:30am so we can promptly leave at 9 am for the farm! We will be returning later in the afternoon - 4pm.

Wednesday: 9-3PM


The special outting of the day will be to adventure in the tide pools and we will have a treasure hunt.  We will make a Mexican lunch from scratch including the corn tortillas (the kids love it!!!)  The kids will make their batch of strawberry jam.

Thursday: 9-DINNER


This day we will focus on planning a big feast for our families to enjoy together the following night! It is going to be a great party! We will make many foods this day to prep for the night after including baking our sourdough bread and make our own cheese! We will make the entire dinner from scratch and campers will learn to set a beautiful table, cook a meal and how to host and serve.  It is really going to be a night to remember.

Friday: 10-3PM


The grand finally day. On Friday we will celebrate with a day at Lover's Point Beach.  The campers have worked so hard all week and it is just fun to get together and relax!  We will start with a celebratory pancake breakfast and then pack a sack lunch for the beach.  It is really a grand finally!!!  Drop off is recommended at 10am if possible on this day as it will be a long day. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and the campers will stay the entire day with us!

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