Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, an academic division NorthWest Arkansas Community College, is America’s first regional cooking school. Our focus is hyper-localized and holistic, traversing the entire food experience from crop to cuisine. Infused with artisanal methods like butchery and distillery, Brightwater’s programming offers education and experience previously only acquired through apprenticeship. Brightwater offers students a dynamic educational experience in Culinary Arts, Artisanal Food, Pastry & Baking, and Beverage Management by delivering a combination of technical skills, broad industry knowledge, and specialty cultural exposure.
In partnering with The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, Brightwater provides fusion programming that combines the studies of nutrition, nursing and culinary arts, allowing students to study food through the lens of wellness.