Advanced Culinary Arts - Cafe Renaissance - Video

  • Café Renaissance --"an Advanced Culinary Arts student-run business " 

    Open to the public most Thursdays and Fridays starting November through May.

    Next Opening: Temporarily Closed

    Lunch Service Hours: 11:30a.m-noon   Sample MENU

    Café Address: 1303 E Central Drive, Meridian, Idaho 83642
    Parking is located on the east side of the district building, at the West Ada Training Center.  Café Renaissance is located down the hall, through the training center main doors.

Related Information

Culinary Arts Pathway

  • In 2008, the West Ada District opened the state-of-art Culinary Center at the CTE Center - Renaissance Campus. This made it possible to articulate three years of high school culinary classes into a full-blown Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The program includes both a culinary and pastry focus, and student may earn a Ready Set Food Safe and the National Restaurant Association ServSafe Certification. 

    In February 2014 and again in February 2019, the West Ada Career Technical Education (CTE) Culinary Arts Pathway became nationally certified by the Secondary Committee of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEF). The program received the most prestigious and rare, 5-year ACFEF accreditation status. The congratulations letter included language that recognizes the program as being in full compliance with ACFEF standards on two consecutive Team Reports and that the program met the entire eight standards areas. The 2019 review and site visit granted accreditation for another five years to both programs focuses: Secondary Culinary Arts and Secondary Baking and Pastry. 

    In September 2014, the center was selected and proclaimed an official ACF testing site. This was followed by Chef Hickman personally receiving the honor of being named Chef of the Year by the local ACF Chapter (see article at left). It has become a culinary arts center and program that is considered the gem of the Northwest, which was the original district's start-up goals. This translates into West Ada School District students getting a career head start in a quality high school program. They are taught by professional Chefs and are exposed to Chefs throughout the Northwest when they come to 'test' and advance their credentials. During those times, visiting Chefs and Chef Evaluators are very supportive and most often agree to guest lecture in order to expose the students in the program to additional cutting-edge trends, business practices as well as, career and college options.

    Pathway Classes:

    Foods and Nutrition - (10th grade class) offered at each zoned-high school in the District, a one-semester class. (Also open to Renaissance High full-time students and Academy students.)

    Introduction to Culinary Arts - (11th grade class) offered at zoned-large high school in the District, a full-year class. (Also open to Renaissance High full-time students and Academy students.) Students are expected to earn a Ready Set Food Safe Certification as part of this course, which is a also a requirement for moving on to the capstone class, Advanced Culinary Arts.

    Advanced Culinary Arts - (12th grade capstone class) offered at the CTE Center - Renaissance Campus. Students from throughout the district, travel to the center every other day for two class periods (the class runs 2nd and 3rd periods and includes lunch and breaks) where they learn culinary, baking, and front of the house knowledge and skills by running Cafe Renaissance--a live restaurant open to the public. Also as part of the curriculum, students participate in externships with local restaurants and area culinary events. CTE shuttle buses transport students to the CTE Center and back to their home high school. Students are encouraged to participate in a minimum of 8 externship hours each semester with local culinary-related businesses and/or events.  Students must self-transport to all off-campus externship activities. 


    Also available - Pathway Brochures

    For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook.