Skylake Food

Yosemite Valley

Kids Love Skylake Food

We truly believe Sklyake provides the best summer camp food in America. We cook from scratch, emphasizing locally grown fresh organic fruits and vegetables at every meal. We cater to all tastes from fresh pasta with no sauce to a grilled Portobello instead of cheeseburger for our vegetarian campers and staff. Fun and creative desserts are served at every dinner. Every parent wonders if their child will get enough to eat at summer camp. Our policy is always “all you can eat” and our variety of foods at every meal means no child leaves our dining room hungry.

Campers eat with the campers from their cabin and with their counselor at their own table.  The counselor is there to make sure the campers are getting to eat what they want and to make sure campers are eating a balanced and proper meal. Meal times are also another great time for staff to meet with campers and talk about the day and how everyone is doing.

Breakfast at Skylake is served every morning from 8:15 until 8:45

Campers can go through both the hot and the cold buffet lines. The cold buffet has three or four types of cold cereal to choose from along with fresh fruit, cottage cheese, bagels and cream cheese. Campers looking for a more substantial breakfast head for the hot buffet line that always has pancakes or French toast, bacon or sausage, eggs of different varieties and fresh baked pastry items.

SAMPLE BREAKFAST MENU - MONDAY

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Spring Vegetable Frittata
  • Country Potatoes with Red Bell Peppers
  • Blueberry Pancakes
  • Bagels & Sour DoughToast
  • Granola, Fruit Loops, Cheerios and Corn Flakes
  • Hot Cream of Wheat
  • Fresh Melons and Fresh Oranges
  • Yogurt, nuts, and raisins
  • Orange Juice

(The Breakfast menu is on a seven day rotation.) 

Lunch is always a fun meal at Skylake

The variety of cheeseburgers, hot dogs, Mexican buffet, pizzas and the deli sandwich day fill all kids desire for the fun foods of summer. “Burger Friday” is a highlight of the lunches when the campers get their burgers right off the BBQ. Meals at Skylake are always fun and end with camp songs and a lot of foot stomping and clapping.

SAMPLE LUNCH MENU - TUESDAY

  • Grilled cheddar cheese sandwich (white, wheat, or rye breads) or
  • Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich
  • Tomato Soup with Parmesan croutons
  • French Fries
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Full Vegetable/ Salad Bar
  • Fresh fruit selection
  • Chocolate covered Frozen Bananas

(The lunch menu is on a seven day rotation.)

Dinner at Skylake is always a major event of the day

Campers are usually starved from a full day of activities and the goal at dinner is great food and a lot of it. There are always full vegetarian alternatives when the prime entree is a meat dish. Pasta is always a favorite at camp and we offer a huge variety during the summer with everything from traditional spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and fettuccine to the more exotic items such as angel hair with fresh basil and roma tomatoes.

SAMPLE DINNER MENU - WEDNESDAY

  • BBQ Tri Tip Steak
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Baked Potato-Sour Cream/chives
  • Full Vegetable/Salad Bar
  • Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls
  • Fresh Berry Cobbler & whipped cream

What's on our VEGETABLE/SALAD BAR?

  • Lettuce-Romaine and Red Leaf
  • Cherry Tomatoes or Tomato wedges
  • Kidney Beans and Garbanzo Beans
  • Blue Cheese and Feta Cheese
  • Hard boiled Eggs
  • Peperoncini and pickles
  • Cucumbers and mushrooms
  • Croutons and Chow Mein Noodles
  • Potato Salads/Pineapple Cole Slaw/Macaroni Salads
  • Tofu 
  • Sliced luncheon meats
  • Peas and corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh Melon 
  • Mandarin Orange segments
  • Sunflower seeds and walnuts
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Steamed Vegetables 
  • White Rice
  • Baked Potato-(Sour cream and green onions)
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Dressings-Blue Cheese, Ranch, 1000 Island, Olive Oil/Red Wine Vinegar/Balsamic 

(Available every lunch and dinner)

More meal details:

  • Fresh Fruits and vegetables from nearby farms at every meal
  • Most of our Bread is either proofed and baked on site or purchased from the fabulous Basque Bakery in Fresno
  • Dinner chef has been with Skylake for 10 years
  • Our salad and vegetable buffet has over 40 items that are constantly rotated
  • Always vegetarian alternative when primary course is a meat dish
  • Fresh local milk from Rosa Bros. that includes whole and 2% along with incredible chocolate, strawberry and orange-cream
  • No canned soup or powdered cheese mixes at Skylake-we cook from scratch
  • Special dinners such as a full Thanksgiving Dinner or Chinese food night
  • French toast with whipped cream and strawberries
  • A dining room that is alive and LOUD with laughter and chatter
  • Cabin walk suppers on Sunday night are always a fun change of pace
  • Surprise pizza deliveries to cabins at night are sure to please
  • Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal/raisin are a great lunch time dessert
  • Each week Skylake consumes 63 gallons of homemade Italian ice and ice creams, all made with only the freshest milk, cream and fruit
  • We use whipped cream that comes from the mixer not from the can
  • Our youngest campers eat outside on the lakeside porch
  • Every Wednesday we celebrate "Very Merry Berry Wednesday"

 

Skylake Cookbook Bibliography

  1. Professional Cooking, 5th Edition, Wayne Gisslen
  2. Professional Baking, 4th Edition, Wayne Gisslen
  3. A Real American Breakfast, Bill Jamison
  4. Red Hot Chili Pepper, Jenni Fleetwood
  5. The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook, Gloria Miller
  6. The Complete Book of Pasta, Jeni Wright
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