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Food Camps Past and Present

Postby DangerBunnie_JekJek » Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:19 pm

I would love to hear about Burning Man food camps. ALL about them, existing still or not. I want to know how they started, why they started, why they ended and I would especially love to see pictures. To you food camps, what are some of your secrets on keeping food so well throughout the week? (like bread for instance!) Oh, also, I would like to know who started these food camps and if the camp unfolded the way they intended it to.

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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby dragonpilot » Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:30 pm

A camp called Birch Circle was a full service playa camp. Provided chef-prepared meals beginning on Wednesdays thru Sunday breakfast. I camped next to them in 2006 and was a welcome guest for dinner one night. Camp kept cold drinks in big coolers available 24/7, late night snacks. Camp leader was also a river rafting tour operator, so he had all the logistics skills to pull this off. Out-of-area Burners could order SFO to playa van ride, tentage, a bike, sleeping bags, etc for an extra fee. Base fee for just the meals and other camp amenities (shower/shade) was at the time $550.

They were there in '07, '08, and I think '09, but dissolved after that. He now runs a moving business full time, and, as I understand, voted one of the best in his area near SFO. Don't know why they stopped offering the camp, but my guess is that there's more money and more stability in the moving business.

You could contact Birch Circle Movers in the Bay area if you'd like specifics...ask for Paul. Awesome dude!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby portaplaya » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:12 pm

Well, the first thing to do would be to go to the Theme Camp archive (http://www.burningman.com/themecamps/) and look up the details for camps of yesteryear.

There are a few hundred food-based theme camps nowadays, including some that rove the playa, like the Dust City Diner (an artcar that serves coffee and grilled cheese). Making a comprehensive list in addition to the listing on the Burning Man website seems tedious and redundant.

Ones I remember eating at:
The Tuna Guys
Dust City Diner
Sunrise Coffee Camp
Shady Waffle
and the Black Rock French Quarter, which features a bakery, a brewery and (by invitation) a chef-catered restaurant. Yum!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Savannah » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:21 pm

I was blown away by Spaghetti Western Camp in the year 2000. They wore red & white exclusively, especially red fur chaps, red fur vests, and white cowboy hats. They served spaghetti to crowds, and showed Westerns projected onto a big screen. I had dinner and watched part of A Fistful of Dollars, I think it was.

I'd had only two months to prepare for that first Burn and spent it all gathering and packing, rather than hearing stories about the culture. I knew little about the creative shenanigans that theme camps would get up to. I'm kinda glad. Everything was a surprise!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:45 pm

Wayback Machine, baby.

Iglesia de Santo Pollo or Iglesia de la Sagrada Pollo
- some guy had vivid colored signs and I guess cooked up a shitload of chicken.

Bean King
- somebody else cooked up a shitload of beans and served them with tortillas and salsa.

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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby vargaso » Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:47 pm

We camped next to the Bus Depot camp in 2009, a guy named Chili Man brought out a full chef's kitchen and served up the some of the best ribs and steak I've every eaten. Oh man, when he'd start to throw the meat on the fire, the smell would instantly attract a crowd.
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby brushfire on the playa » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:30 pm

I've always been fortunate enough to be camped close to Nacho Mamas the past few years - those nachos have damn near saved my life on many an afternoon on the playa!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Shawn til Dawn » Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:07 pm

This year I made a food cart and will be giving out Jhal Muri at night on the playa on the 2:00 side and around the Man. I have a 200 watt bucket light on a 10 foot pole. Find me M-F for some healthy puffed rice snack! It's your Happy #1 Jhal Muri from Kolkata to Black Rock City baby! :o
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby CarrieSnarf » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:49 am

We are doing a mobile 50's retro kitchen that makes grilled cheese sandwiches. I came up with the idea after witnessing what could best be described as a grilled cheese riot on the playa in 2010. I like making food for people, grilled cheese seemed popular and easy, add in being able to rock a beehive and there you go.
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby tffy » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:51 am

^ Good! Burn City Diner's not coming this year! :(
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Katiebaby25 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:59 am

Shawn til Dawn wrote:This year I made a food cart and will be giving out Jhal Muri at night on the playa on the 2:00 side and around the Man. I have a 200 watt bucket light on a 10 foot pole. Find me M-F for some healthy puffed rice snack! It's your Happy #1 Jhal Muri from Kolkata to Black Rock City baby! :o


Excellent! I've always wanted to try Jhal Muri but thought I'd have to go to India! Very excited about this!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby StevenGoodman » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:59 pm

Various camps doing grilled cheese.
The french fries in the giant ketchup bottle.
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:59 pm

There was a camp next to us doing grilled baloney sandwiches in the morning. Every morning there was a line.
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:35 pm

Popcorn Palace count?
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby maryanimal » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:58 pm

CarrieSnarf wrote:We are doing a mobile 50's retro kitchen that makes grilled cheese sandwiches. I came up with the idea after witnessing what could best be described as a grilled cheese riot on the playa in 2010. I like making food for people, grilled cheese seemed popular and easy, add in being able to rock a beehive and there you go.


I really LOVE your idea! I hope to have one of your delicios sammies!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby kellnoel » Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:33 pm

Fried Baloney sammies at KFC: Kentucky Fried Camp 9-11am. We'll be back at 3:00 Plaza!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby seantildawn » Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:23 pm

[quote="Katiebaby25"][quote="Shawn til Dawn"]This year I made a food cart and will be giving out Jhal Muri at night on the playa on the 2:00 side and around the Man. I have a 200 watt bucket light on a 10 foot pole. Find me M-F for some healthy puffed rice snack! It's your Happy #1 Jhal Muri from Kolkata to Black Rock City baby! :o[/quote]

Excellent! I've always wanted to try Jhal Muri but thought I'd have to go to India! Very excited about this![/quote]

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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Candybox » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:35 am

Grilled Cheese Camp served grilled cheese at noon every day this year. Line moved fast too—you'd have a gooey grilled cheese in your hands within 5 minutes. We lunched there three days in a row, and sometimes went up for seconds. It was an awesome gift that was much appreciated.

Snow Koan Solar handed out snow cones. That was awesome.

We also had spaghetti once at the Twilight Spaghetti Theater.

The French Quarter, of course, was serving baked goods and food, but their lines were pretty intense due to their location.


Two years ago, I was near a camp that started serving soft serve ice cream mid-week... and continued serving it for days and days. It was like they never ran out.
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Milayna » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:34 pm

I heard of grilled cheese camp, but never found it!!!!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby nilasnake » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:37 pm

coming upon 'homojito bar' in the middle of the playa was a sweet surprise. they even grew their own mint which you could 'pick' and make a wish. yumll!!!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Savannah » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:12 pm

There was a place called Midnight Poutine* in 2010, I think it was. Friends insisted on calling it Midnight Poontang. The line was an hour long, unless you were brazen or laden with bribes. I was neither! I skipped it. But I was impressed. :D

*Poutine = French fries with fresh cheese curds & brown gravy.
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby graidawg » Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:43 am

Savannah wrote:There was a place called Midnight Poutine* in 2010, I think it was. Friends insisted on calling it Midnight Poontang. The line was an hour long, unless you were brazen or laden with bribes. I was neither! I skipped it. But I was impressed. :D

*Poutine = French fries with fresh cheese curds & brown gravy.



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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby shroom » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:28 am

I hope to find grilled cheese camp next year. I have read great reviews about it in several places online!
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby ultratang7 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:18 am

I found The Grilled Cheese Incident, sooo good. You could choose between Cheddar, swiss, or pepperjack.

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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Box Burner » Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:58 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:There was a camp next to us doing grilled baloney sandwiches in the morning. Every morning there was a line.


That was KFC (Kentucky Fried Camp) I found them when I was looking for your camp on morning. Best baloney sandwich I ever ate. They were a group from Kentucky. While you were waiting in line they would serve you shots of Kentucky bourbon. They said that they like to move around each year.


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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby Box Burner » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:30 pm

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In the morning they start making pizza. Then they throw darts at a map of black rock city and wherever the darts land is where the deliver it. We got on at the Eplaya Bar on '06.
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:13 am

Box Burner wrote:We got on at the Eplaya Bar on '06.

Yes, yes we did. The pizza was maybe a bit undercooked, but pizza out of the blue on the playa...Wow, I'll love those guys forever.
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Re: Food Camps Past and Present

Postby 9ah » Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:13 am

Miso Soup Camp was nice to wake up to.
Incendiary Intent offers a nice chili challenge. I highly recommend.
The PB&J cart is a yummy snack.
Popcorn Palace, they've got some great seasonings.
Champagne Lounge and The Lost Penguin were always nice stops.

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