Culinary Arts

Career Center

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Do you like to cook?

Do you like working with people?

The Culinary Arts program gives students experience working with the public in a licensed, school-based restaurant. Students operate and maintain the kitchen and dining room. The morning students are involved in food preparation and baking for the restaurant (Fresh Side Cafe) and catering. Afternoon students do line cooking and serve customers, as well as catering. Students earn a Certificate of Course Competency.

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Prep Class: Mod 1 Students learn basic cooking and baking techniques and how to identify ingredients. They learn how to read recipes and earn their Food Handler card thru the MCHD.

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Restaurant Class: Mod 3 Students learn how to operate Fresh Side Cafe, our on-site restaurant. They learn customer service skills as they wait on customers in the restaurant and line cooking skills as they prepare customer's food orders.

The Fresh Side Cafe is open Tuesday thru Friday 12:00 to 1:30


We are located in the Career Center at:


2935 North Ave.


Grand Junction CO


970-254-6000 ex. 21133 or 254-6056


The Fresh Side Cafe is a student-run restaurant.


Fresh, affordable & healthy lunches.


Weekly soup and dessert specials.


*Catering available *