Tastebuds Cofounder and Chef Rachel Gebaide began her journey in the food service industry in 1991, when a camp in Canaan, Maine hired her as their full-time chef. During the ensuing eight weeks, Rachel discovered her passion for working with children and honed her skills running a busy kitchen that was responsible for feeding over 350 people daily.
Over the next four years, Rachel worked her way up to the position of Food Service Director, overseeing a staff of 25 between two camps in West Virginia, serving over 2000 meals per day for eight weeks. In 1994, Rachel met Larry Gebaide, an executive chef. They fell in love and were married in 1995. Shortly after, Rachel and Larry started Tastebuds Catering, an off-premise caterer and award-winning business celebrating 22 years serving South Florida.
Refining our Recipe for Success
Throughout the remainder of the 1990’s, Larry and Rachel would continue to refine their food-service expertise. Together, they orchestrated the food service programs for numerous summer camps along the eastern United States. After many successful years in the camping industry started “Tastebuds Food Service”, refining their formula for food service success. Their from-scratch method of food production delivered the type of food quality, care and nourishment needed for campers and staff alike.
After 26 years of summer camp experience, Larry & Rachel have developed an efficient method to offer and facilitate one of the highest calibers of food-service programs in North America. What started as a simple intention has transformed into a system with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness without compromising food quality. Together with their team, Tastebuds operates the food program for multiple camps, feeding thousands of children and staff during the summer months.
A Heart for Giving Back
In July of 2017, Rachel and Larry received the Small Business Person of the Year award from the Greater Plantation Chamber of Commerce. Rachel currently serves as President of the Kids in Distress Woman’s Auxiliary. Tastebuds is frequently involved in local charitable events and community projects. They also provide specialty food services for local detox centers, offering nourishing foods to assist in the healing and recovery process.
Whether servicing a Summer Camp, a Corporate Retreat or the Girl Scouts of America, Tastebuds remains committed to their core values. Providing consistent high quality food service, that can be customized around any camp’s budget. They can also accommodate any individual dietary food restriction, while offering delicious alternatives that will delight even the most discerning taste. If you are looking for the best summer camp food service then you are at right place.
Tastebud’s dedication to quality ensures that each camp’s food service is not only exciting and abundant, but also cost-effective, nutritionally balanced and delicious. By remaining steadfast to the core values established in 1991, Tastebuds continues to meet, surpass and re-establish higher standards for what Summer Camp food should taste like.