This summer at the Jewish Community Center of Louisville be on the lookout for a specialty camp that will fill The J with a flair for flavor. Cooking Camp will take place on The J campus this summer with one-week sessions offered all 10 weeks starting June 4. Campers entering kindergarten through sixth grade will all have the chance to enjoy sweet, savory and scrumptious summer fun with weekly themes ranging from “Wild West Cooking” to “Cooking in the Space Age.”
Assistant Camp Director Kari Semel and Camp Director Mindye Mannel both share their enthusiasm about the fun ideas of Cooking Camp Chef Brooke Brighty.
“We are super excited to have Brooke because she has so many fresh, exciting new ideas that match with the theme of each week,” Semel says, “Get ready to use matzah in ways you’ve never imagined.”
Mannel is eager for Brighty to share her huge list of recipe ideas.
“Brooke is very energetic, passionate about cooking and loves working with children,” Mannel says, “Her creativity is infectious, and I think this will prove to be a wonderful partnership for camp.”
Her camper-friendly recipe books are full of delicious treats including strawberry lemonade, guacamole and campfire cowboy chili, just to name a few.
“Teaching kids to cook over the campfire will be really fun,” says Brighty.
Mannel says Brighty’s great ideas extend beyond the foods.
“She has great ideas for not only recipes but also of ways children can help their parents in the kitchen with preparing meals,” Flavor and Fun to Fill the Air at Camp J Mannel says. “Her emphasis is getting kids as excited as she is about being in the kitchen.”
Brighty says she wants to spark kids’ interest in healthy and environmentally friendly eating.
“My biggest thing [is] that the kids will take these things home and maybe change the future a little bit,” Brighty says.
Brighty is excited to help build up the camp cooking program at The J, and she looks forward to meeting campers from various backgrounds with all different food and cooking experiences.
“Who doesn’t want to share their knowledge with kids?” says Brighty.
While Brighty is excited to share her love of cooking, some of The J staff are eager to taste the creations.
“I’m excited the camp will be at The J because I’ll have easier access to all the food,” says Semel.
The 10 weeks of cooking camp this summer are sure to bring fresh ingredients into the awesome mix of camp life at The J. Camp J runs June 5-August 11. Registration for Cooking Camp and all of Camp J is available here.