- Overall, how was the food at yourBurningMan experience?
Eating at Burning Man is a real experience all in itself. At 105+ degrees during the day I found my appetite to be greatly decreased so I would usually start the day with a protein and powdered greens shake with coconut water, then focus on hydration hydration, hydration. Finally, about midafternoon I’d feel hungry enough for a real meal, so if I was roaming around the Playa this could mean anything from tacos to banh mi depending on who was offering what around me. One day our camp grilled 150lbs of tri-tip and another day I helped my friend and chef-partner Haru Kishi prepare a 200-person lunch for the founder’s “first camp” of Burning Man. And of course, in between I was lucky enough to have the RealEats meals to share with my camp as well.
- Under the extreme conditions of the playa, how did you enjoy the RealEats food? Was it easy to make?
RealEats was a REAL gift! It was so easy to prepare under the conditions and SO satisfying! In the heat and dust the last thing I want to be doing is fussing over a hot stove and trying to prep out fresh ingredients. I told my camp mates that I was going to make lunch and then came out of the kitchen 10 minutes later with a plate of amazing food; they were like… “Wait… that’s it!? It’s ready??” ...I felt like a magician.
- How was experience preparing the food? Did it get dusty? ;)
Fortunately, we had a covered kitchen tent and very few wind storms, so the dust invasion was minimal. But after a couple of days you have to give up and deal with eating dust… it’s a battle you will never win out there! As for cooking that was a cinch! All I needed was a pot of boiling water, and I was even able to save that water and re-use it for additional meals.
- Would you use it next year & what other options or additional features would you like to see that are "playa friendly"?
I would definitely use ReaEats again! Honestly as a whole the service is super playa-friendly! The fact that the bags are recyclable and that you can save and reuse the water for preparation is stellar. The concept of vacuum-sealing and re-heating meals for the playa is a common practice among “burners” but I’m certain that there is no service that's providing meals that are as delicious, let alone as sustainable.
- Would you recommend Real Eats as a sustainable / gourmet food option for festival-goers?
Absolutely! Convenience and sustainability paired with delicious and nutritious food? That’s a no-brainer. For camping, glamping, festivals, boating… RealEats provides a restaurant-quality meal that doesn’t take you out of your experience.
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