Dear Windermere Friends,
The Bible says in Psalm 34:8, Taste and see that the Lord is good.
I have always thought this verse was so unique because here God is to be tasted. Evidently, food is a way to better understand God. If I say taste and see that the Lord is good, then I have tasted bread and I can know what it means that He is the bread of life. I have tasted water and I can know what he Bible means that He satisfies my thirst. So what we enjoy in food we should find in God. In fact, we should find God in the very enjoyment of our food.
Windermere has a great team who does our food service. This summer I am observing how guests enjoy our meal times. Here are nine tips on getting the most out of your Windermere meals.
- Do not skip meals. The week of camp is a very intense time in high temperatures. If you are to truly get the Windermere experience you need to keep your nutritional input high.
- Pick and choose to your preferences. Windermere doesn’t really offer a buffet but we do try and offer some variety. Remember there is a salad bar too.
- Special needs are accommodated. More guests than ever have special food needs. We try to offer gluten free options for all 3 meals a day. Allergies can be very problematic, so we make our selves available at the kitchen door to talk about ingredients like peanuts, nitrates etc.
- Keep it balanced. Nutritionist say a balanced meal should target 50% vegetable, 25% protein and 25% grain. The happiest guests just keep it simple. Not too much, just the basics.
- Drink plenty of water at camp. Your hydration will be a big factor in preventing illness while away at camp.
- Wash your hands. Speaking of illnesses, remember proper hygiene. There are hundreds of folks at camp every week. We clean daily but campers still need to wash their hands before meals. (I hear mothers cheering all over the state, now)
- Don’t gorge yourself. I am sure you have seen people who pile the food high and shovel it all down. Others pile the food high and throw away 80% of it. I like the “Southern Belle Rule”. Every good girl from the south is taught you are to leave two bites on your plate. Remember balanced, simple and leave two bites.
- It is ok to enjoy the desserts. You are burning up the calories at camp. Our pastry chef is Ms. Barbie and she is the best I have ever seen at making desserts. Best tip of the year: Our desserts will bless you!
- The grill is an option. I know about comfort food. If you need that burger, Windermere has a great grill and snack shop.
I love the food at Windermere.
It always a pretty day at the lake!
John W. Bailey