“Nearly eleven o’clock”, said Pooh happily. “You’re just in time for a little smackerel of something.”
Food is very important at Iron Horse Country. The motorbikes aren’t the only things we need to fuel up throughout the day, after all. And, we’ve come a long way over the last decade and a half in what we offer to our campers and how we do meals. We know we’re scoring big whenever parents tell us that their child “raves” about the lunches or brags that they get to eat as much as they want all day long.
We learned a long time ago how long a child could last on a dirt bike before he or she needed a break (20 minutes) and that the break needed to include not only hydration (a given in Texas) but also a healthy smackerel of something. Simply put, FOOD = SAFETY.
This is why we provide snacks during ride times. It’s why we evolved from our humble sandwich-making days in the Tank House to buffet-style hot & cold lunches in our air-conditioned Cafe and now, with our Overnight Camp program, to full-blown breakfast and dinner menu’s. It’s why we serve even more food at swim time and after. Our menu gets improvements and changes as we go, but at this moment in time here is how we feed our campers throughout the day, so their energy level stays as constant as possible:
MORNING & AFTERNOON RIDE TIME – Snacks & Hydration
During each group’s 20 minute break from riding, campers can drink chilled water or gatorade, and eat a variety of crackers with and without peanut butter or cheese, with apple slices. Sliced by our Coaches right on-site, so no one has to eat yucky brown pieces. Gluten and nut-free snacks provided as requested for those who need these options.
Menu items include hot and cold food with lots of choices everyday. Included in Overnight Camp weeks and offered as an option for Day Camp:
Hamburgers * Cheeseburgers *Made to Order Sandwiches * Hot Dogs * Corn Dogs * Digiorno Pizzas *Fresh Fruit & Fixin’s * French Fries * Salads * Chicken Nuggets * Mac & Cheese * Boiled Eggs * Daily Dessert * Lemonade * Water * Condiments
All of our hot foods are cooked or oven-baked fresh on a daily basis. Our sandwiches are handmade and include deli-style meats and cheeses, PB&J or Nutella choices. Sample fruits and veggies include grapes, bananas, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, baby carrots, snap peas & sliced dill pickles. Dessert changes daily, from oversized cookies to ice cream treats, brownies and cupcakes and pudding. Condiments include staples such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, ranch dressing and picante sauce.
After riding is done for the day, our campers cool off at the Pool where we serve them chilled watermelon slices & frozen ice pops. We go through one whole watermelon a day and lots of ice pops, in every imaginable color and flavor. Very popular!
SPECIAL SNACK TIME
Swimmers can come on over to the Cafe before the daily video review to get additional snacks that vary by the day and that differ from all else that is offered earlier. Sample options: Mac & Cheese, Gold Fish, Animal Crackers, handmade cheese Quesadillas, fruit, Moon Pies, Rice Krispie Treats, Knutty Buddies, Cheese Balls, Cereal & Milk… There are always at least two choices plus a small cup of soda as a treat, Coke or Dr. Pepper, as well as iced water, lemonade or gatorade.
BREAKFAST & DINNER
Of course, Overnight Camp provides two more meals and an additional evening snack a day:
Breakfasts are full with choices including eggs & bacon, cereal, fruit, OJ & milk, breakfast sandwiches and on the last morning, Bertram’s own Hill Country BBQ Breakfast Tacos are served.
We consider dinners to be “Kid Gourmet”, meaning home-cooked favorites with all the trimmings and a different dessert each night. Sample Menu’s:
“Pasta Night” with choices of spaghetti/penne pasta, red/alfredo sauce, choice of a meat (chicken strips/ground beef) or no meat, oven-baked garlic breadsticks, fresh tossed salad with choice of dressing and ice cream cups for dessert.
“Taco Night” with choices of crunchy or soft tacos, chicken or beef, rice & beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, picante, guacamole and Tres Leches cake for dessert
“Southern Homestyle Night” with oversized breaded chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, baked biscuits with honey and butter and fudgesicles for dessert.
“Tenderloin Night” with roasted, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin medallions, buttered/parslied carrots, white rice, yeast rolls and brownies for dessert.
We celebrate the end of a fun day, after the evening swim with a special treat, music and talking about the day. These can include: S’more’s made campfire-side, Ice Cream Sundaes, Ice Cream Floats, Special Cakes and more.
That’s it in a nut shell. Our campers get well taken care of – feed the body, feed the soul! Or, as Pooh says:
“What could be more important than a little something to eat?”
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