Community members looking for a taste of something new can now count the College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education among the menu of gourmet restaurant options in town with the opening of the new Culinary Arts Café at the college’s Valencia campus.
The Culinary Arts Café will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning June 25, with all parties accepted by reservation only.
The opening of the Culinary Arts Café corresponds with the culinary program's participation in the annual SCV Restaurant Week, which runs June 22 to 28.
Café patrons will enjoy a five-course prix fixe menu created by executive chef and culinary arts instructor Daniel Otto.
In addition, students from the college’s Culinary Arts 134: Café Production course will work alongside Otto to help prepare the meal while also learning the basic fundamentals of commercial food preparation and restaurant operations.
Cost of the meal is a $20 donation per person (cash or check only).
“We are thrilled to be able to showcase the skills of our advanced culinary students who will essentially be running the café,” said Cindy Schwanke, chair of the culinary arts and wine studies department. “Aside from presenting visitors with a delicious meal, the Culinary Arts Café will also provide students with the type of real world experience needed to be successful in the hospitality industry.”
About Culinary Arts at College of the Canyons
The College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education was unveiled in April, providing a permanent home for the culinary arts and wine studies programs. Facilities include a demonstration kitchen, savory kitchen, sweets kitchen, banquet kitchen, chocolate room, wine studies classroom, herb garden, faculty offices, dining room area and more. The approximately 12,000-square-foot facility cost roughly $8 million and was entirely district-funded, paid for through a combination of private donations and Measure M bond funds (the $160 million general obligation bond measure passed by Santa Clarita Valley voters in 2006) that were remaining after completion of the recent Library/TLC expansion project.