We are many communities in one. We are an academic and educational community that engages teachers, practitioners, experts and students. We are an open community for anyone interested in the experience of food. Our community has a sense of place. It is rooted in a particular area, region and country. We contribute to the cultural life of the community where we live. In return, it contributes to our institution by engaging with us and supporting our work.
We believe in a ‘smart food’ approach to culinary practices and enterprises. This means that we create programming and use teaching methods that have the fundamental objective of responsible use and stewardship of the land, ingredients and food sources. In order to achieve this we teach food systems and services, an understanding of many agricultural methods and a transparent inquiry into food production. By doing so, we provide students with critical thinking skills to balance the economic, agricultural and industrial implications in both the short and long term. We are looking for options that are more than sustainable. They are responsible. Farm to table? Perhaps. Crop to cuisine? Yes.
There are many educational alternatives today that provide cultural learning and career training. However there are few that provide real value in the way that we do. Without ever sacrificing educational experience, quality of programming or real skill development, our institute remains accessible. Value is determined on an axis of what you get versus what it costs. We are committed to being a learning resource that offers notable value and prestigious programming at once.
Our approach to the culinary arts, cuisine and food is rooted in artisanal practice. We teach crafts that have-historically-only been taught through long apprenticeship with rare masters. We bring these artisans and craftsmen into the classroom for hands-on teaching in practices such as butchering, brewing, preserving, baking, and more. We find our way to the art of food through these artisanal methods.
We offer a totally immersive experience into the entire culture of food. Our offerings are robust and diverse. They are rooted in history and tradition, the most current and relevant expertise, modern service and experience, and just emerging trend lines and technologies. We dive deeply into our local agriculture and regional offerings to develop tools and an understanding of food that has global applications. We believe that foodways provide a rich and human understanding of any culture.