After eating poorly for several burns, we decided to create a meal plan for those interested in contributing. We later expanded the meal plan to be a camp-wide project. Monday through Saturday at 6ish, we meet and have dinner together. This provides a much needed way to reconnect with each other amid the chaos of the week. Our daily vegan meals are prepared by different volunteers each day, along with others who help clean up the kitchen afterwards. The level of prep involved in bringing & storing ingredients (both fresh and dry) to Black Rock City is intense. We were generously gifted a refrigerator by Brian & Courtney Maltais in 2017, which has helped considerably. We hope to improve our leftover food storage and general kitchen etiquette this year. Additionally, if enough people are motivated to donate funding, we would also like to provide a small breakfast of eggs, toast, etc on a few days of the week.
Alanna only spent one year apart from our camp, so this makes her fourth burn with us and her fifth in total. Every year with us she has taken the meal plan to heart. The conscientious menu, healthy ingredients, and food transportation into the burn makes this her baby. Ryder is fresh off his first summer as a vegan food vendor chef/owner at multiple festivals and events, and this will be his 45th Burning Man and the eighth with our camp.