Building Your Pathways
- Why Choose Culinary Arts
- The Main Kitchen
- Culinary Classroom
Why Should You Go into Culinary Arts?
Culinary Arts is an extensive hands-on, theory-based program that prepares the student for a career as a professional chef. Students gain skill in virtually all aspects of food preparation including but not limited to: Pantry, Bakery, Garde Manger, Ala Carte, Quantity Hot Food Production, Soups, Sauces, Butchery & Charcuterie, and Event Planning.
Culinary Arts is a complete, comprehensive two-year program based on classical French, European, and Modern cuisine. Students become skilled at working with virtually all types of standard kitchen equipment and tools. The culinary arts program provides service for several restaurants on campus including an ala carte modern-style bistro restaurant. By working in this excellent learning environment, students learn to care for and maintain a full-service kitchen.
The Associate of Science with an emphasis in Nutrition and Foodservice Systems degree is offered in cooperation with Oregon State University and is tailored for the individual seeking a baccalaureate degree in Nutrition and Foodservice Systems with a strong Culinary Arts component. Through a unique articulation agreement students may transition seamlessly to OSU to complete the final two years of a baccalaureate program. A thorough introduction to Culinary Arts, coupled with a strong business core, prepares students for a variety of careers in the hospitality/restaurant industry that focus on serving healthy menu options and using local ingredients.
Cost: In addition to regular college costs, students spend about $500 to purchase uniforms, knives, shoes, books and other equipment. Students should wait until after the first day of class to purchase these items.
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Culinary Arts Event Calendar for 2017-18
- Santiam Restaurant opens - Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Call 541-917-4392 for reservations.
- Fall Banquet - Friday, November 17, 2017. Tickets may be purchased starting Monday, October 16 by calling 541-917-4385 or come by room 214 on the second floor of the Calapooia Center.
- Santiam Restaurant closes for Winter break - Thursday, Thursday November 31, 2017.
- Santiam Restaurant opens - Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Call 541-917-4392 for reservations.
- Winter Banquet - Friday, March 9, 2018. Tickets sales start Monday, January 29, and can be purchased by calling 541-917-4385 or come by room 214 on the second floor of the Calapooia Center.
- Santiam Restaurant closes for Spring break - Thursday, March 15, 2018.
- Santiam Restaurant opens - Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Call 541-917-4392 for reservations.
- French Banquet - Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25, 2018. Tickets may be purchased beginning Friday, April 27, in room 214 on the second floor of the Calapooia Center, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Call 541-917-4391 for more information.
- Last day of regular service in Santiam Restaurant - Wednesday June 6, 2018.
- Santiam Restaurant Special "End of the Year" Lunch Buffet - Thursday, June 7, 2018. Ticket sales start Friday, May 4. Call 541-917-4392 for more information.
The Main Kitchen
The main kitchen is our lab, and is where students spend the majority of their time. We are a working commercial kitchen supplying food to several restaurants here on campus. The culinary arts students feed hundreds of customers every day as part of their curriculum. The main kitchen includes the Bakery, Quantity kitchen, Pantry kitchen, Santiam ala carte line, hearth fired oven, and a butchering/charcuterie station.
The culinary classroom and demonstration kitchen is a state of the art facility. The room has several cameras and three large flat screen televisions allowing the student and instructor to interact during lectures and demonstrations. The classroom is used for Culinary Arts classes and evening Community Ed cooking classes.
The Santiam Restaurant
This fine dining restaurant, located on the second floor of the Calapooia Center Building in room CC-201, is operated by students in the Culinary Arts Program. First-year students train as wait staff while second-year students prepare you the best meal in the confines of a college campus.
This full service a la carte restaurant was developed to train dinner house cooks, wait staff, and restaurant managers under realistic conditions. Espresso, coffee and pastries are available between 9:30 a.m to 11:00 a.m., and lunch seating is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday during school term. The menu changes daily and gives student chefs a chance to show their creativity through daily specials.
- Reservations are recommended but not required. Please call 541-917-4392 to make a reservation.
- We are always willing to accommodate special request as it pertains to food with 24 hours or more advance notice.
- 10% off for current students and Senior Citizens (60 and over)
- No separate checks for parties of seven or more
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