Marc Vetri and partners Jeff Benjamin and Jeff Michaud just wrapped up with Dream Camp, a summer program for disadvantaged children that teaches them how to realize their goals, at Trinity College in Hartford, CT last week. Following the success of the lunches the restaurant vets have provided in Philly’s Dream Camp for the past two summers, the organization asked them to pilot a similar program in Connecticut. Hartford Courant reports that in addition to providing kids with meals that met federal guidelines for government subsidized school meals, Vetri and co. designed menus and prepared meals that utilized fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients, and did so for less than $3 a head. What’s more the meals were served family style, which is something many of the campers had never experienced before.
Based on the work that they’ve done with Dream Camp, the Vetri crew will take on the breakfast and lunch operations at Wissahickon Charter School this fall with a program called Eatiquette. It similarly will feed kids with healthy organic meals, and teach them about the foods, how they’re grown and prepared. And with family style service, the meals teach kids about manners and decorum. It’s too bad the beleaguered School District of Philadelphia, which recently announced it was closing most schools’ cafeteria operations, can;t get onboard with the Vetri program.
Dream Camp Brings Fine Cuisine, Life Lessons To Hartford Youth [Hartford Courant]