It took a few days to decompress but Edible Skinny is about ready to reflect on our foodie experience at Burning Man!!!
Burning Man is an experiment into the world of creation. One of its taglines is: Life is Short. Make Something Amazing. (Then Burn It)!
I was lucky enough to be a part of the Infinite Community Camp, which was a camp to support the Los Angeles artist, Matt Elson, and his Midway project art installation, the Infinity Boxes. And it was a totally magical experience!
Our 40-person camp was feed twice a day by the amazing Bhavani Jaroff who is the owner of the New York based iEat Green. A vivacious bohemian Bhavani is a Natural Foods Chef, Educator, Radio Host, and Food Activist. She has over thirty years experience cooking healthy, fresh, organic food for audiences small (her cooking school Cooking from the Heart) and large (the Waldorf School in New York)
Her company, iEat Green, motivates individuals to work together to create lifestyles that support the wellness of one’s body, mind, spirit, community and planet (very Burner like). Her mindset is that in raising the awareness of the inter-connectedness of the foods we eat and their impact on our families, our communities, our economy and our planet, iEat Green is fostering a greener way of life.
A lofty goal with tasty results! Some of the scrumptious meals served on the Playa included Mixed Vegetable Coconut Curry and Mattir Paneer served with Saffron Rice and Naan, Challah French Toast served with Maple Syrup, Chia Pudding, and Linguine Puttanesca served with Sautéed Broccoli Raab and Garlic Bread. All created while dealing with wind, dust, and sand storms during one of the harshest weather’s in the history of Burning Man.
As Bhavani stated in her iEat blog: “Imagine trying to cook in a tent, that is not only covered in dust, but has dust and sand blowing in it as you cook! It was so comical, that all I could do was laugh and keep from peeing in my pants, while thinking about what the health department would say if they could only see me now! Thankfully, the wind wasn’t always blowing, so we had some calm moments in there too.”
She continued with to note how iEat’s philosophies trickled into our Infinite Camp:
“I planned a breakfast and dinner for 8 days, and as in my usual tradition, I prepared enough to share with our neighbors and friends. Everyone pitched in, both in the prepping and in the cleaning, so I never felt burdened with the responsibility. It just became another platform to get to know everyone, and to dance our way through the kitchen.”
Life is Short. Make Something Amazing. (Then Eat It)!
Here’s to life being delicious and there always being enough food to share with neighbors and friends (even with the Playa dust)! ;-)