Food Pack and Menus

“Thank you Rachel for all your patience and infinite understanding with our food pack and trip. It rivals that of an angel.”
– Testimonial from Dave Shu and 15 Canyoneers 03/30/2009

Packing food and ice for any long river trip is a science. Ceiba will provide your trip wholesome, tasty food in plentiful quantities. Our menus can easily accommodate vegetarians, those with special dietary needs or allergies, and occasions such as birthdays and holidays. Whether we pack the food into Ceiba’s coolers & boxes or utilize your own, we will organize it to stay as fresh as possible.

Menu Options

You have several choices when working with Ceiba and designing your preferred menu. One is the easy and simple route of picking from Ceiba’s set menus, or you can work with our food pack guru and put together a customized menu. We always include the necessary staples and condiments to prepare your meals, a full snack box, spice kit, plenty of fresh fruit and tasty veggies, fresh locally roasted coffee, tea, juice and drink mixes.

Here is a list of our Staples, Spices & Snacks

Mex Meal on River
Mex Meal on River

Ceiba Standard Menus

Ceiba offers a variety of set menus to make the food planning process simple and stress-free. Choose from these set menus for good healthy eating!

  • Any menu can be shortened or lengthened for your trip.
  • Talk to us about supplementing any menu for vegetarians and specific food allergies!
  • We can add premade dinner entrees in boilbags to any menu for a small fee – just ask!

» 18 day Light on Meat
» 18 day Summer Classic #1
» 18 day Summer Classic #2
» 18 day Ready Made
» 21 day BBQ Extravaganza
» 21 day Good Eatin’
» 21 day Guides Choice
» 21 day I Wanna Hike
» 24 day Belly Full
» 24 day Winter Time

Customized Menu

With our customized Menu plan we work with you and your group to fine-tune a menu of your desire. You choose from the many options of breakfast, lunch, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert. If you have your own recipe for Grandma’s special “dutch oven delight” we can easily add that in. With our experience of how food lasts we will arrange your menu and send you an overview to approve. From here we can finalize the details and give you a per person/per day cost. Menu options must be submitted 60 days before your launch.

Download Customized Menu Options

A Few Thoughts!

You already know that you will probably eat better on your canyon trip than you ever do at home. How often do you actually eat 3 square meals a day at home? Is it likely that at home you will eat leftovers at least twice a week? Welcome to our Grand restaurant where all of our menus have healthy, wholesome ingredients that will keep you well fed, creative and never going hungry!

Breakfasts – Although lots of huge, hot breakfasts sound exciting, we find most people really don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing breakfast. They’d rather be drinking coffee, looking at the view or getting a head start on rigging their boat for the day! Having a handful of just cold & hot cereal mornings is an easy fix!

Lunches – Variety is nice, but if you want to do a lot of hiking it is convenient to be able to have a pack lunch. Some trips just pull out the lunch stuff at breakfast and have everyone pack their own lunch. The beauty of a pack lunch is that you can eat whenever you want! This saves time of not having to do the entire lunch set up midday. Some of our lunches require a little prep the morning of, for example: hummus & tabouli, pasta salad, hardboiled eggs. A few need a bowl at lunch, like tuna, chicken or salmon salad, veggie and caesar wraps. The 20 mil lunch box has all the condiments you need and usually all the lunch items are in one cooler for ease of finding things. It’s always good to look at the lunch menu during breakfast to make sure everything you need will be accessible when you stop for lunch, such as apples, oranges, lemons, limes, special ingredients for that lunch. I challenge you to eat all your fruit! Slicing up apples & oranges with lunch will encourage eating, or take a whole piece for a hike!

Snack Box – Heaven forbid you forget that the snack box exists! These are for anytime, anyplace! Add some things from the snacks box to spice up your pack lunch or grab a bite if you need a little sugar rush before running Hance Rapid! (In the summer time the chocolates are usually hiding in the lunch cooler!) Your goal is to eat it all! Whoever ends up with this box on their boat will either be really popular or really full.

Dinners – There are suggestions with each meal on how to prepare the food. But on the other hand, if you are a whiz in the kitchen feel free to be creative. Don’t be shy with those spices. Keep an eye on your produce. If something is ripe and needs to be used, by all means use it. Don’t wait for it to rot so you can throw it away. You won’t starve down the way, I promise!

Use your leftovers! – Toasted bagels or english muffins leftover from breakfast give great variety at lunch or provide a good mid morning snack. If breakfast doesn’t call for bagels but you know you have extras from a previous meal, pull them out!!! If your boat with lunch bread flips and gets soggy think about enforcing the open face sandwich rule, or use tortillas. We rarely see a trip that uses every single tortilla.

Kitchen Sundries & Toilet Supplies – Full trip kitchen sundries & full trip toilet supplies are included with our Whole Shabang food pack.

If your food pack is not part of a Whole Shabang package, sundries are as follows:
• A Ceiba food pack AND a complete Ceiba kitchen rental – includes full trip kitchen sundries.
• A Ceiba food pack AND a complete Ceiba toilet rental – includes full trip toilet supplies.

Here is a list of our Kitchen Sundries & Toilet Supplies

Boatman! – You are responsible for knowing what is on your boat! Keep your cooler neat and drained. Check your milk crates with fruit & veggies to make sure they are in good shape. Pull out anything that is going bad so it doesn’t affect everything else.

Please feel free to call us with any questions about any food menus or issues! In addition to this cost is the service fee for planning/shopping/packing your food. Please call for details.

Adam: Ceiba culinary expert, food packer & Chicago Cubs fan
Ceiba's foodpack in our awesome "Canyon Coolers"
Ceiba’s foodpack in our awesome “Canyon Coolers”

How We Pack Your Food

Dry goods are organized in 20mm boxes by day; each day box contains dry goods for that night’s hors d’oeuvres & dinner, the next day’s breakfast and resupply of lunch items. That day box becomes the camp’s trash receptacle. A staples box is full of all the necessary cooking condiments and a lunch box makes for easy organization of the next days lunch. Overflow items such as bread, chips, cereals and resupplies of other goods are stored in our aluminum side boxes.

Depending on how many coolers we have to work with, we typically divide them by content, for example: meat, dairy, veggies, lunch, etc. We use only high quality, solid block ice, that when coupled with our Canyon coolers, ensures your trip has the best in ice preservation technology!

Using your own containers & coolers – We can also pack into your own boxes & coolers, but we do need those containers delivered to Ceiba 2 weeks prior to your launch.

Ceiba Food Pack Pricing has two components:

1. Food Pack Service Fee

The service fee consists of all menu planning, purchasing and shopping of all food & sundries, and packing of all the boxes and coolers.

  • Using Standard Ceiba Menus: $950
    See menus above
  • Creating Custom Menus: $1100
    Includes working with you to plan your menu, customizing it to your needs and desires. Your menu choices are due 8 weeks before your launch. We will finalize your menu & shopping list 1 month before your launch.

2. Food costs

The cost of the food per person, per day. Total cost will depend on your menu choice,  the actual number of people and the total number of days on the river. This cost usually ranges from $19 – $26 per person per day.
Coolers & boxes are not included in the food pack price.

Ceiba Food Pack
Ceiba Food Pack

Just need ice?

We have great quality solid block ice for $2.25/block. Please let us know at least 2 weeks in advance of your ice needs!

Beer, Wine and Liquor Orders

Beaver Street Liquor

Beaver Street Liquor will have what you’re looking for. They can accommodate any custom order and will deliver to Ceiba.

Trash & Recycling

If you use Ceiba’s food boxes and coolers for your food pack we will dispose of your trash & recycling for free. If you choose to use your own food boxes and still would like us to dispose of your trash & recycling there will be a $50 dollar fee.

“Thanks, it was such a great trip. You guys were great! The food was yummy and there were many compliments on the food and recipes…the food and snacks were very high quality and we were very pleased. The shuttle service was also great – they were there when expected and we were loaded and on the road in no time.” – L. Saavedra 09/2009