Summer is in full swing, which means summer camps are happening left and right! This summer we provided an opportunity to Noble of Indiana day-campers to participate in our Art is Food program at our headquarters at Montage.
Noble of Indiana’s mission is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families through individualized services. Through their program, we welcomed a group of young chefs to Montage for a tour of our kitchen facilities and a lesson on art as food.
They were very excited to be here and to explore what we had in store for them. Each camper was given a chef’s hat to wear as they worked. However, before we got our hands dirty everyone gathered in the kitchen to wash up and briefly view many of our own Kahn’s Catering chefs preparing for our weekend events. The kitchen was a busy bustling place, so we couldn’t stay for long.
The activities were led by Chef Sam. He spoke to the campers about using food to create art and provided them with an opportunity to create a picture using fruit purees for paint. Each camper showed much artistic ability. We had paintings of mangos, abstract art, warm sunny days, and self portraits. Everyone was very proud of their work. At each of our culinary stations, campers had an art setup of paper, paintbrushes, apron, food puree paints, an an artist palate plate with two chocolate cupcakes, all on top of a silver tray.
During the activity, Chef Sam also talked to the campers about creative ways to plate food. He showed a few plate designs that we use in our own kitchens to give plates appeal. Afterwards, campers were invited to ice and decorate their own cupcakes (and eat them too!). Everyone dug right in and set to work. Using different sizes and shapes of sprinkles and different fruits, everyone decorated two cupcakes to snack on. Some campers wanted to keep decorating, so we provided additional cupcakes for them to decorate and take home to their families.
We loved working with these campers and would like to extend a special thank you to their camp counselors who rolled up their own sleeves and got their hands dirty! We hope you had just as much fun as your campers decorating cupcakes!