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Camp Food

Dining at Manitou

Meals can be served family-style or buffet style, supplemented by two salad bars and an alternate station for vegetarians, picky eaters and those with food restrictions. There are “formal dinners” on theater nights, and cabin barbecues once a week. Milk and cookies are served after evening activities. During “lazy morning” on Sundays, campers can stroll at their leisure to one of three breakfast locations around camp for custom-made omelets, specialty breakfast sandwiches and French toast, or the all-American bacon and eggs served at the waterfront.

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Locally Grown

Camp Manitou is proud to work with several local farms, including Emery Farm in Wayne, Maine and Crown of Maine, an organic cooperative organization. They supply Manitou with seasonal produce to incorporate into our salad bar and daily menu.

Our on-site conservationists continue our “green” efforts with a camp-wide recycling program, composting, and our own organic garden. The food at Manitou was even covered by the New York Times.

Food Allergies

All food served at Manitou is nut-free and prepared by trained chefs experienced in accommodating food allergies.

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Head Chef Alex Rust

Alex left his home-state of Maine to travel and cook around the world, gathering knowledge on local cuisines and ingredients in the process. He returns to Maine and Camp Manitou with fresh ideas and excitement for serving up great quality home-cooking to his Manitou family.

As Head chef, Alex combines his Maine roots and well-traveled experience, to serve up innovative recipes and forward thinking ideas on nutrition, fresh ingredients and recycling. Alex trained at the Four Seasons and spent years working at Jackson Hole in Wyoming.

He advocates local businesses, sustainable farming, cooking from scratch and offering nutritionally balanced options at every meal.

Sample Menus

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  • World famous Maine blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and fresh fruit topping. Breakfast Bar with fresh fruit, freshly baked muffins, toast, yogurt, cold cereal, and oatmeal
  • Drinks: Orange juice, apple juice, water, or hot chocolate
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  • Roast beef au jus
  • Creamy potatoes
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Soup Bar
  • Gatorade, ice tea, lemonade, water, or apple juice

Picky-Eater Options: Pasta bar, make-your-own-sandwich, and more.

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  • Salad Bar
  • Real Tex-mex sizzling chicken fajitas with roasted red and green peppers, and onions
  • Chips and chunky salsa
  • Hot apple crisp, mudslide, or ice cream sundae

Picky-Eater Options: Pasta bar, make-your-own-sandwich, and more.

Popular Recipes from the Manitou Kitchen

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Manitou Dirt Cups

  • 1 package fruity gummy worms
  • 1 package Oreo® cookies
  • 1 package chocolate or vanilla pudding

Crush Oreo® cookies with a rolling pin. Place several gummy worms at the bottom of each cup (makes for a nice surprise) and cover with a thick layer of crushed Oreos®. Finally, fill the rest of the cup with chocolate and/or vanilla pudding.

Spicy Fajitas

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. dark chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/16 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/16 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 lb. skirt steak, beef or chicken
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 large Bell peppers, sliced (two different colors is nice)

Combine soy sauce, lime juice, and spices to create marinade. Slice meat into 1/2 inch slices, place in marinade and refrigerate for 2 hours. Sauté meat until browned in oiled skillet. Pour off excess juice and remove meat from the pan. Sauté vegetables. When veggies begin to soften, return meat to the skillet and heat through. Serve with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and tortillas.

Serves 5 growing boys