Thanks all for the kind comments! Our school really is an amazing institution. Our outdoor/international program director also deserves a lot of credit. She's done nothing but move our program in more progressive and productive directions since taking over the reigns the year before I arrived. Without her feedback, knowledge and friendship, I couldn't have accomplished half of what I've accomplished.
As far as the food that we use is concerned, my preference is for an extravagant meal on the first night (burritos w/ fresh veggies, avocado, vegan sausage and salsa w/ a fresh salad on the side for example) and then generally dehydrated meals on other nights w/ an ingredient or two which is special. Those meals look like pesto pasta, beans and rice, quinoa or cous cous. Breakfast is usually oatmeal or granola, though I'll often buy peanut butter puffins to eat as a once-per-year treat. The rest of the day is snacking on cliff bars, salty raw nuts, dried fruit and my personal favorite, sesame sticks. Also, we eat chocolate regularly. Additionally, we place an emphasis on the cooking process as a community building tool and skill learning opportunity. Often times we'll bake bread in areas where we can have backcountry LNT campfires or cakes on our alcohol stoves when it's a students birthday.All in all we try to strike a balance between weight savings and enjoyment.
We leave for the 2010 trip next week and our menu looks similar to what I've mentioned above with the addition of some crushed up tortilla chips (thanks for the idea Andy) and fruit leather.
The trip this year is again shaping up to be amazing. We'll be heading down to Capitol Reef to do a loop in Muley Twist Canyon and hopefully do the narrows section near the grand gulch farther south.