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.
As a Center for the Study of Food, Brightwater offers the insights and skills needed to positively impact our food system. In addition to gaining cooking proficiency, students will regularly participate in activities and training on culinary nutrition, growing and sourcing food, food waste and recovery, whole-animal butchery, food entrepreneurship, and seasonal cooking. Brightwater is the first culinary school to integrate a food-systems approach and inquiry-based learning to cooking, local farming, sustainability, and community development.