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A Center for the Study of Food
Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food
As the culinary school of NWACC, Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food offers holistic programming with academic and career training in the areas of culinary nutrition, artisanal food, baking & pastry arts and beverage management. Students and professionals can gain world-class training at any point of their journey into the world of food. Brightwater is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the American Culinary Federation.
Located in Bentonville's 8th Street Market complex, Brightwater is committed to strengthening local food networks and community awareness of social issues surrounding food in northwest Arkansas - namely food insecurity and food waste.
Interested in touring Brightwater? Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Be sure to select your campus tour for Brightwater: Tour Brightwater
If you have a passion to acquire fundamental culinary skills and aspire to work in professional kitchens, Brightwater offers programming in artisanal foods. You'll be encouraged to take creative liberties with ingredients, methods and presentation.
Baking & Pastry Arts
Baking is an incredibly useful skill. By participating in the baking and pastry arts program, you'll have the opportunity to learn how to bake cakes, breads and classical pastries from a novice level to advanced mastery.
Interested in honing your palate and wine tasting skills? By partnering with WSET (Wine & Spirits Educational Trust), Brightwater provides certification programs in wine and spirits. Courses are offered to enrolled students, and open to the community for beverage hobbyists.
In this comprehensive program, you'll learn how food is grown, transported and processed. You'll understand the impact of flavor, as well as how food impacts human health and the environment.
Brightwater is proud to partner with Cobblestone Farms to grow produce on campus. Cobblestone donates a portion of produce grown to food-insecure families and to classroom programming.
Mobile Food Lab
Brightwater's Mobile Food Lab provides you with hands-on training in food preparation, food service and customer service. Find the lab at the downtown Bentonville Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.
Brightwater's state-of-the-art facilities are available for third parties to rent for off-site meetings, conferences and events. Room options include a commons area, conference room, demonstration theater and more.
Brightwater was conceived to be more than a typical cooking school. Its holistic programming, as well as its location within the 8th Street Market ensures that you get the most from your culinary education.
Learn about ancient foods, baking and cooking techniques, wine tasting and more by attending a Brightwater community class. Community classes are offered monthly and at affordable rates.
Partner With Us
Brightwater continues to thrive and benefit the community by way of sponsorships, collaboration and donations. If you would like to partner with the center by donating your company's product for student use, funds for programming and scholarships, or by volunteering your time, please contact us! We appreciate your support.
Brightwater NWA Medical Meals Fund
Brightwater faculty and the NWACC Foundation have recently joined forces with Ropeswing Hospitality Group, Tyson Foods and local farms and purveyors to provide healthy meals to medical teams at hospitals across Northwest Arkansas. By joining this relief network and offering its kitchen facilities, Brightwater and Ropeswing aim to help in providing healthcare workers with free nutritious meals so they are better equipped to take care of community members during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The relief network hopes to prepare a minimum of 100 free meals a day and is seeking monetary donations to the NWA Medical Meals Fund to offset the cost of purchasing additional produce, a necessity in preparation of the essential meals.