June 12, 2012

Tuesday is not your average day at Culinary Camp. It is FIELD TRIP DAY!!! This week at camp we got to venture out to St. Louis’s most historic and beautiful oasis, the Missouri Botanical Garden. This 79 acre garden was founded in 1859 and is one of the nation’s oldest botanical gardens in operation.

Our journey was led by one of SLU’s finest gardeners around, Ms. Marilyn. She is in charge of caring for and tending the garden seen on the Allied Health campus as well as being a “Master Gardener” for the MO Botanical Gardens. Therefore, she was the perfect guide for our trip 🙂

We began our exploration in the Oriental Gardens where fountains and native oriental plants lined the area around us. Further along the way, Ms. Marilyn guided us through several natural Herb Gardens. In these herb gardens, the kids were encouraged to rub the leaves of each plant in order to release the natural oils and scent of the herbs. Boy did they smell delicious…especially the Chocolate Flower!

The MO Botanical Garden is also holding a festival all summer which exhibits and celebrates Asian culture through Chinese lanterns and art scattered throughout the garden. The boldly colored lanterns and sculptures were a site to see and opened our eyes to the wonders of different cultures around the world.

Other stops within the garden included the Garden Maze, a stroll throughout the 14-acre Japanese garden, and time spent playing around in the Children’s Garden.

Once we returned from our Botanical Garden trip, we took some time to relax and re-engergize with a tasty lunch from SLU’s cafeteria Fresh Gatherings. After lunch we played games outside and then went back to the Food Lab to cook for the rest of the afternoon. We finished up our Pozole Rojo pork dish and watched a demonstration on how to make Queso Fresco from SLU’s own Chef Steve. Both the Pezole and the Queso we packaged up for home, so I hope you all got to try a little taste of the South American cuisine! Lastly, we made empanada dough and homemade tortilla chips.

Overall, the kids had a fun-filled, active, and cultural day! Hasta manana!

***Please check back tomorrow to see pictures from today’s activities. We are experiencing some technical difficulties and I apologize for the inconvenience.

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