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Cooking Under the Stars: Chef Camp 2016

It's not too early to plan a summer adventure.

Run away for the summer
Run away for the summer
Photo courtesy Chef Camp Facebook page

Remember the days of counting down the seconds to summer vacation? One of the bummers of adulthood is missing out on that promise of long days stretched out ahead of us in the country wilds of unfamiliar land, surrounded by new friends in the making and attempting new skills. Perhaps our chance to revisit that nostalgia just came up.

Chef Camp, running Labor Day weekend 2016, promises to be an immersive adventure for home cooks and food lovers who would like to get up close and personal with talented chefs while enjoying the Great North Woods of Minnesota- summer camp style. Participants will take part in chef-led wilderness-themed cooking classes, indulge in gourmet meals and enjoy classic summer camp activities like canoeing, archery and wilderness survival. Campers can choose between a private cabin for two, or shacking up in a group cabin with a handful of like-minded campers.

Chefs on the camp’s roster so far include J.D. Fratzke of the Strip Club Meat & Fish and Saint Dinette, Sarah Master of Mr. Roberts Restaurant and Resort in Pengilly, Minnesota, wild game and foraging expert Jamie Carlson and founding chef at Chino Latino Noah Barton. More will hopefully be added soon.

Save a few bucks by purchasing early bird tickets, now available for $475. Tickets include food, beverages, two nights lodging, activities, and four instruction sessions.

The team behind the camp includes attorney Dave Friedman, head counselor at last summer’s Pizza Camp Tim Lovett and Heavy Table’s founder and editor James Norton. Watch for details on an upcoming preview dinner at Draft Horse in the Food Building in Minneapolis.