Farm To Table® Experience

Learn to cook with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients

Intro: Video

Watch this video to find out more about our Farm To Table® Experience

Watch this video to find out more about our Farm To Table® Experience

 

Aromatic peaches, pink heirloom potatoes, free-range lamb — our Culinary Arts curriculum includes an experiential, 6-week Farm To Table® Experience. This is your opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of where food comes from through a hands-on participation at local farms and ranches. This experience will transform your relationship with food and cooking.

Local Focus, Global Impact

Culinary Arts students at a local farm

Local Focus, Global Impact

True commitment to great food begins 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. You 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.

Testimonial: Marcus McCauley

"We have this romantic idea of what it means to farm — the idealistic picture that is plastered on the outside of salad dressing at the market."

"Reality is it’s a 14-hour day; it’s hard, you know. My respect for what it means to farm has deepened and matured, therefore when I cook, I am now experiencing a deeper connection: a sanctity. Now, when I cook food I think about where it came from – the blood, sweat, and tears, including my own farm — that helped bring it to me. With that same sense of respect, that is how I approach preparing food."

— Marcus McCauley, Culinary Arts Graduate, Executive Chef & Farm Manager, McCauley Family Farm
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Marcus McCauley

"We have this romantic idea of what it means to farm — the idealistic picture that is plastered on the outside of salad dressing at the market. Reality is it’s a 14-hour day; it’s hard, you know. My respect for what it means to farm has deepened and matured, therefore when I cook, I am now experiencing a deeper connection: a sanctity. Now, when I cook food I think about where it came from – the blood, sweat, and tears, including my own farm — that helped bring it to me. With that same sense of respect, that is how I approach preparing food."

— Marcus McCauley, Culinary Arts Graduate, Executive Chef & Farm Manager, McCauley Family Farm

A Direct Connection to Farmers

Culinary Arts students setting a table for a farm-to-table dinner

Culinary Arts students setting a table for a farm-to-table dinner

A Direct Connection to Farmers

Our farm to table cooking school gives you the opportunity to work directly with farmers, providing you a real life glimpse of the farm-to-table philosophy. You gain extraordinary respect for ingredients as you experience the efforts involved in growing produce and raising livestock. The farmers open their lives, homes, farms, hearts and businesses to you.

Depending on the season, your Farm To Table® Experience may include:

  • Harvesting
  • Livestock
  • Dairy
  • Planting
  • Cheese making
  • Biodynamics
  • Permaculture
  • Hydroponics
  • Greenhouses
  • Composting
  • Preserving

Farm To Table® Experience Partners

Farm To Table® Experience Partners

Whether you’re looking for an Austin or Boulder farm to table culinary school, Escoffier can help. To learn more about our current partners for each campus, or to become a partner yourself, click on the links below.

Austin, Texas Partners

Boulder, Colorado Partners