Bay Area Summer Camps
ALL NEW! FARM-TO-CHEF RESTAURANT WEEKS!
We’re thrilled to announce an all-new summer camp week emphasizing garden-to-table cooking right at our Outdoor Garden Kitchen, local markets and restaurants, and Alemany farms.
Campers will transform themselves into chefs and urban farmers as they work the land, cook garden-inspired recipes, and explore nearby farmers markets. From torching creme brulees, to making homemade cheese, kids will develop a passion for garden and farm-inspired, outdoor cooking. Their confidence working the land will also grow as they plant their own garden bed, and gain a better understanding of food systems. Aspiring garden chefs will also meet with farmers at nearby markets and field trip to Alemany Farms for a stab at farm cooking and urban farming. We’ll even get to visit Chop Bar Restaurant for an Iron-Chef Style Cook-Off.
By the end of the week, kids will have a developed finesse in the kitchen and radically different relationship with their food!
Location: Sprouts Outdoor Garden Kitchen, 1309 Allston Way, Berkeley
Camp Dates & Fees:
June 25-29, 9am-5pm: $540*
Single Days: $115*
*Thanks to a generous donation from Petaluma Poultry, you save $15 on each camp day!
Your tuition includes all meals, beverages, training and staff. Your child will be learning from the best! As always, Sprouts offers scholarships for those in need!
*Schedules are subject to change*
We’ll start out the week with knife skills and garden-fresh frittatas. We’ll even learn to make homemade pickles with seasonal produce! Then we’re off to learn about urban farming at Gill Tract Community Farm! After some time spent in the dirt, we’ll clean up and head back to Sprouts garden kitchen to grill home-made burgers topped with homemade aioli and quick-pickled red onion. Ohhhh yeah.
We’ll start out the day by making ricotta cheese from scratch and then cook up lemon-ricotta pasta with basil. After lunch, we’ll take a field trip to UC Berkeley’s Student Organic Garden. In the afternoon, we’ll head back to the garden kitchen to make personalized pizzas baked in our outdoor pizza oven!
We’re celebrating mid-week with crêpes taught by our guest chefs from Paris! We’ll even get to make our very own fruit syrups to enjoy with our French creations! Then we’re taking a field trip the the Uptown Oakland Farmers’ Market to meet the farmers and go on a scavenger hunt. After a morning at the market, it’s back to the kitchen to make chicken tacos with handmade tortillas. And for dessert? We’re torching crème brûlées!
Thursday is gardening day! We’re filling up on panzanella salad and grilled veggie burgers. Right after, we’re diving into Gardening 101, learning all about planting, weeding and gardening best practices at the Sprouts garden plots. In the afternoon we’ll be making a hearty grain and chickpea salad and finishing the day with vegan meringues and seasonal berries!
TGIF! Today we’re making lavender lemonade, gazpacho and crostini and then heading to the Old Oakland Farmers’ Market to hang out with our local farmer friends. We’ll end the week with a MasterChef-style cook-off at Chop Bar‘s professional commissary kitchen. With fresh produce from the farmers’ market and professional equipment at their fingertips, the kids’ new garden-to-table skills will really shine!
12 Years Of Summer Camps!
Our week-long camps are an intensive culinary experience chock-full of hands-on cooking classes in restaurants, farm harvests, field trips, camper cook-offs, blindfolded palate play…and so much more! Sprouts campers cook alongside and meet chefs from all over, including restaurants like Trick Dog, Chez Panisse, and Slanted Door. You’d be crazy not to join in our culinary frenzy this summer – it’s gonna be ridiculously delicious!
Check out the various camp programs below!
AN EXCLUSIVE RESTAURANT APPRENTICESHIP!
Kids Run Gibson Restaurant This Summer!
The owners and kitchen crew of Gibson Restaurant have organized the first ever apprenticeship of its kind – a week of hands-on cooking, leadership and restaurant management. This is the first opportunity of its kind in all of Sprouts history!
Aspiring restaurateurs will learn and do everything it takes to run a restaurant: from building out their very own lunch program and designing menus, to cooking for guests and ringing up clients. The weeklong apprenticeship will culminate in a lunch hour open to the public where apprentices will welcome and cook for guests.
Apprenticeship Dates & Fees:
June 11-15, 9am-5pm: $750
July 9-13, 9am-5pm: $750
July 30-August 3, 1pm-5pm: $375
Your tuition includes all meals, beverages, training and staff. Transportation to and from farmers markets and personal market money are not included. Your child will be learning from the best! As always, Sprouts offers scholarships for those in need!
A typical day includes cooking with guest chefs, reinforcing knife and safety skills through hands-on cooking, whipping up lunch and tasting our creations throughout the day. We will learn how to taste and smell our way through improvisational cooking as well as learn favorite recipes from our culinary friends. We’ll also get to meet and cook with farmers and artisans all over the Bay Area!
Children 7-12 are welcome to attend the week that corresponds with their age range. Each week-long camp session will have 10-15 campers with a camper/adult ratio of 4:1. Classes are led by guest chefs, and assisted by food and nutrition-loving counselors, from UC Berkeley, Paris, and across the US!
2018 CAMPS SESSIONS
Please sign up for a camp week based on location and date!
For kids ages 7-12
|SF CAMP DATES||EAST BAY CAMP DATES||SPROUTS LED CAMP DATES|
|June 11th – June 15th||June 18th – June 22nd, Teen Week!||July 30th – August 3rd, East Bay, Half Day|
|June 25th – June 29th||July 2nd, 3rd, 5th – 7th||August 6th – August 10th, East Bay, Full Day|
|July 16th – July 20th, Session 1||July 9th – July 13th|
|July 16th – July 20th, Session 2||July 23rd – July 27th|
|July 23rd – July 27th, Teen Week!||July 30th – August 3rd|
|August 6th – August 10th|
|August 13th – August 17th|
|August 13th – August 17th, Teen Week!|
Who’s Side Are you On?!
Camps run all of June, July, and August. Each session is one week long, Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Choose between our East Bay and SF camp weeks. For East Bay Camps, all drop-offs and pick-ups will take place East Bay. For all SF camp weeks, drop-off’s and pickups will remain in SF. For Sprouts-Led Camps, all drop-offs and pick-ups will be at Sprouts Outdoor Garden Kitchen, 1309 Allston Way.
Chef Led, 9am-5pm: $620
Sprouts Led, 9am-5pm: $500
Sprouts Led, 9am-1pm: $275
Camp fee covers the cost of materials, our summer staff, ingredients, venues and transportation! It also does not include optional market goodies. As always, Sprouts offers scholarships for those in need!
“I signed my 12 year old daughter for a week long sprouts summer camp and she loved it! She got to experience what a real restaurant kitchen is like. She basically went restaurant hopping to some of the finest eateries in SF, met with chefs who love what they do and who are interested in teaching kids about food and cooking. She fixed dishes I would never make!”
– Martha R
“Ava had such a positive experience with Sprouts. It’s the first camp ever that she was willing to do on her own, she was THAT excited about cooking with you! She loved all the fun locations and I was impressed with the breath of experiences, the mix of gardens and kitchens and how sophisticated some of the recipes were that she made. She couldn’t wait to share every afternoon when I picked her up.”
“Our daughter Madeline really enjoyed the whole experience. She started the camp as a kid who didn’t like eating her veggies. This weekend, she asked for vegetables to be added to our grocery list (previously unheard of!), and wanted to start cooking vegetable dishes. As a parent, this was way beyond my expectations! Our whole family was really impressed with the whole program – from the caliber of restaurants that participated, the dishes the kids made, the emphasis on healthy eating/cooking, and the techniques the kids learned. It was evident a lot of hard work, planning, and care went into the design of the program.”
“Amelia absolutely loved the Sprouts Cooking Camp. She came home every day talking about what she had learned that day and has taken upon herself to create at least one dish a day for us to share since then – usually dessert! She came home with such confidence and enthusiasm for cooking that I think she will be an inspired cook for years to come! Thank you to Karen, and to the entire Sprouts team!”
“When I was 9, I started a baking business because I loved to bake, but I was by myself in the kitchen trying to learn on my own. Slowly, I reached out to others who shared my passion. Today, three years later, I am surrounded by people who inspire, support and help me follow my dreams. Sprouts helped me find these people and I am so thankful.”
Chez Pay, 2016
“My son has been attending Sprouts classes since he was about 8 years old, and now he is 12. Sprouts has been a really important part of his life. He’s had so many amazing experiences cooking with the chefs of some of the area’s most fabulous restaurants.
But most important is the relationship he has developed with the people of Sprouts. He loves the people, forms relationships with the chefs, brings home amazing food, recipes, and everyone makes a point of getting to know him and us. He’s developed great culinary skills that he can use at home and in other settings, his skills have contributed to overall self-confidence; we give Sprouts a lot of credit for this. Nothing has come close to the real-world culinary experience provided by the entire Sprouts organization.”
– Mary A
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As a non-profit, the generosity of community members and local companies makes everything we do possible! Receive a 15% refund on camp registration and benefit tickets by submitting your registration fee to your company matching program. Receive a 10% refund for birthday parties and after school class company matches.
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