We created the six week Farm To Table® Experience to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of where food comes from, the advantages of buying local, various farming and production methods and how to continue to make the best sustainable and ethical ingredient choices throughout their culinary careers. Some highlights from the Farm To Table® Experience include:
Vegetables, Herbs, Grains
Experience the passion and commitment family farmers and ranchers have for integrative, sustainable farming practices. Study seeding, seed transplanting, row planting, hydroponics, hoop house and green house practices.
Eggs, Milk, Cheese
Tend to chickens and gather eggs, milk goats or cows and process the fresh dairy into cheeses and butter in this portion of the Farm To Table Experience.
Cattle, Pigs, Poultry, Sheep, Buffalo, Bison
Experience life as a Livestock Farmer by working with animals and learning about the live animal production process.
Work with a variety of local, sustainable products
We partner with a number of local artisans so students can explore everything from homemade charcuterie and sausage making to canning, coffee roasting and beer brewing.
True commitment to great food starts with the first links in the food chain – farmers, ranchers, artisans, vintners, producers, and purveyors. At our Boulder and Austin cooking schools, you go behind the scenes to understand what it takes to bring locally produced ingredients to the kitchen. Discover various farming and production methods, the advantages of buying local, and how to make the best sustainable and ethical ingredient choices throughout your culinary career.
A Direct Connection to Farmers
Escoffier gives you the opportunity to work directly with farmers, providing a real-life glimpse of agricultural methods and practices. Students gain extraordinary respect for ingredients as they experience the efforts involved in areas like growing produce and raising livestock. Our farm partners open their lives, homes, hearts, and businesses to Escoffier students for a true Farm To Table® Experience.
Depending on the season, your may learn: harvesting, livestock, dairy, planting, cheese making, biodynamics, permaculture, hydroponics, greenhouses, composting and preserving.
Weekend Experiences for Students and Alumni
Offered to our students and alumni, the Farm to Table® Experiences are a great way to dig into the unique agriculture heritage of the country’s regions. Guided by our chef educators, each workshop is specially created to explore the area’s distinctive culinary histories and offerings, providing students with a truly remarkable in-person experience. Learn more about upcoming events here.