At Café Zeke, we threw traditional notions of “camp food” out the window! We believe that delicious meals start with fresh ingredients. We also source lots of our ingredients locally! Those are also the ingredients campers use in our culinary arts program!
We don’t like processed foods, preservatives, and ingredients we can’t pronounce. Because of that, our chefs make most of our meals from scratch using only the freshest, most nutritious ingredients. The result is delicious food that is good for our bodies.
Our hot main course rotates every day, including scrambled eggs, waffles, pancakes and French toast. We have a cereal station with multiple options, an oatmeal station with various toppings, and a huge cold bar with fruit, yogurt, breads, cheeses, and lots of similar items. We always offer a vegan, gluten free, and dairy free option.
You’ll select from main courses like pizza made from scratch, falafel, chicken, and so much more. There also a hot bar that rotates between rice bowls, pasta bowls, and a baked potato station. In addition, we have a huge salad bar at every meal with fresh vegetables, pre-made salads, and all sorts of toppings. We also have a soup station at lunch and dinner with various fresh breads. We always offer a vegan, gluten free, and dairy free option.
You’ll choose from a rotating selection of main courses like enchiladas, chicken wings, Chinese buffet, and so much more. There’s always a hot bar that rotates between rice bowls, pasta bowls, and a baked potato station. In addition, we have a huge salad bar at every meal with fresh vegetables, pre-made salads, and all sorts of toppings. We also have a soup station with various fresh breads. We always offer a vegan, gluten free, and dairy free option.
No matter what two entrees we’re serving, we have a rotating hot bar at every lunch and dinner. It switched between three choices:
Potato Bar: Baked Potatoes and Sour Cream, Chopped Scallions, Green Peas, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, “Bacon” Bits
Pasta Bar: Whole Grain Pasta, Tomato-Basil Sauce, Steamed Broccoli, Green Peas, Sautéed Peppers & Onions, Parmesan Cheese
Rice Bar: White or Brown Rice and Chopped Scallions, Green Peas, Corn Kernels, Baby Corn, Chopped Steamed Broccoli, Black Beans
A homemade soup will be served at lunch and dinner daily. We always offer a vegan, gluten free, and dairy free option.
We also have three snacks a day, including things like hummus and pita chips, fresh fruit, granola bars, and so much more! Campers also LOVE our canteen, which offers a smoothie bar, trail mix, popcorn, and similar delicious and healthy options. Our snacks and canteen options rotate between the selections below. We always offer a vegan, gluten free, and dairy free option.
Campers also LOVE our canteen, which offers a smoothie bar, trail mix, popcorn, and similar delicious and healthy options. Bunks rotate through the canteen a few times a week and campers can choose whatever they want.
We also have bottomless fruit bowls and other snacks that are always out in the dining room. If a camper ever wants an extra snack, they just ask their counselor to swing by Cafe Zeke where they can grab a quick bite, fill up their water bottle, and feel energized for their next activity.
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Camp is nut and sesame free. We don’t allow nuts or sesame in our dining room or anywhere else in camp. We also enthusiastically accommodate other allergies and special food needs. We actually have a dedicated team of chefs who work in a separate kitchen and specialize in creating meals for campers who are gluten free, have various allergies, or need any other food accommodations.
And don’t worry, if we’re roasting s’mores around a campfire, we always have the option of gluten free graham crackers and dairy free chocolate! Read more about our approach to allergies.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-913-9783 to discuss your camper’s allergies and how our kitchen team can help.
At every single meal, there are countless meat-free, dairy-free, and egg-free options. In fact, we have a whole group of campers and staff who come to us for this very reason! Our chefs love fresh produce and plant-based foods, so meals are always filled with vibrant, colorful and nutritious fruit and vegetable dishes, often featuring lentils, beans, whole grains, tofu, and so much more. Our vegetarian and vegan community members love the food options!
Our kitchen is kosher. For details about our supervision or accepted hechshers, please email email@example.com or call 212-913-9783.
At Camp Zeke, we are redefining “camp food” through a passionate commitment to a number of core principles:
Every meal at camp is delicious, healthy, artfully-presented, and kosher.
In accordance with our value of embracing Jewish community (k’lal yisrael), our kitchen is a warm, friendly, and transparent environment, just like the rest of camp. Campers and visitors can poke their heads in, ask lots of questions, and really experience how our food is prepared.
Our chef and kitchen staff are also food educators, and our campers often join the process of creating the camp’s meals through our flagship culinary arts program.
Camp is nut free, we offer a dairy-free and gluten-free option at every meal, and even the pickiest eaters have plenty of choices. In addition to the main course, we offer an Israeli breakfast bar every morning, salad bars during lunch and dinner, and fresh fruit all day.
Campers have three scheduled snacks per day so they have sustained energy for their action-packed schedules. We also have bottomless fruit bowls in the dining room in case campers want to grab a snack at any time.
We often eat and cook traditional Jewish foods and contemporary Israeli foods, which we use as a lens into Jewish and Israeli history and culture.
We love minimally processed foods and ingredients we can pronounce. Our chef and kitchen staff make each day’s meals from scratch – often with campers’ help – using only the freshest, most nutritious ingredients.
We are active members of the community and rely on many ingredients from the local, family-owned farms around camp.
Campers eat at “Café Zeke,” which is so much more than a dining hall. It has an upbeat, joyful, and song-filled atmosphere in which campers and staff can enjoy meals and warm conversations with other members of the Camp Zeke family.
Friday night Shabbat meals are the most special meals at Cafe Zeke. The campers make our challah, we decorate the tables and walls with art that campers made during the prior week, and everyone dresses in white and blue to create a festive atmosphere.
Our campers have made thousands of friendships, millions of memories, and lifelong skills in athletics, cooking, and joyful Judaism. We are proudly supported by:
We are fully accredited by the American Camp Association