The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Hosts Spring Open House

**Academy opens its doors to the community for a closer look, Be Our Guest **

LAS VEGAS – March 11, 2016 – The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is excited to invite the community out to its Spring OPEN HOUSE which will take place on Wednesday March 30, 2016 from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Attendees can enter to win a Culinary Arts Catering Experience for 10 guests.

“We are one of Southern Nevada’s best kept secrets and we want that to change.” Says CEO Chris Fava. “The Academy is dedicated to its vision of reducing poverty and eliminating unemploy­ment by providing employability and vocational skills to youth, adults, and displaced workers. We are proud of our commitment to the community we serve, and want the community members to come visit us!”

Guests attending the Spring Open House will receive a complete behind the scenes tour of the facility. The tour will include our production kitchen, demonstration/teaching kitchen, five fully furnished replica strip hotel rooms, and 400 seat banquet and events center. While guests are here, they are invited to enjoy a free lunch inside our 50- seat bistro-style teaching restaurant, the Westside Bistro. “So many people are amazed at how large our facility is, how many different programs we offer and how student lives are changed by attending our classes. We are committed to making a difference in peoples’ lives.” says CEO Chris Fava.

In addition to touring the facility, community guests will have an opportunity to learn about the training provided on the campus and the funding available to obtain a certificate in any of our 12 classifications, as well as observe classrooms, demonstrations, and speak directly with the instructors, management and catering department staff.

The Culinary Academy is Las Vegas’ premier hospitality nonprofit, who has provided workforce training to over 40,000 individuals and placement within our 33 strip property partners. In addition to workforce training the Academy prepares and delivers nutritious meals to those in need through its contracted foods and summer food service program, and offers catering and event services through Culinary Arts Catering. “There is nothing better than bringing clients’ vision to life through the fusion of exceptional service and an explosion of flavorful cuisines.” says Catering Sales Manager Sydni Sayles.

The Culinary Academy Las Vegas will also launch its new website during the Spring Open House. The new site will feature smart phone, tablet, optimization, highlight the new Culinary Academy of Las Vegas blog, events calendar, and social media platform interaction.

Tours will take place on the half hour starting at 11:30am until 2:30pm

For more information call 702-924-2100.

About Culinary Academy of Las Vegas
Founded in 1993, the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, the country’s leading nonprofit culinary and hospitality training institute, was developed through a joint labor-management trust representing private sector employers, the Culinary Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165. The Academy is licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education and trains several thousand students per year for participating employers in the hospitality industry. Offerings include a 50-seat bistro-style restaurant, Westside Bistro, and a 400-seat banquet and events center located at the 710 West Lake Mead Blvd. campus. The Academy is the concessionaire of record and a caterer for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is an equal opportunity employer/program. For more information, call 702.924.2100 or visit www.theculinaryacademy.org. Stay up to date on happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
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For media inquiries, please contact:
Detrick Sanford
dsanford@theculinaryacademy.org
702-772-4022

Workforce Training Partnership Creates Same Day Enrollment For Job Seekers

**Program enrollment and funding scholarships available on-site February 22nd**

LAS VEGASFebruary 22, 2016 – The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas (CALV) is pleased to announce its ability to provide same day job training program enrollment with scholarships available. CALV is partnering with Res. Care; a sister Workforce Connections funding agency, to provide a unique one stop location to support job seekers’ enrollment into one of the 12 job classifications provided at the Academy.

“After analyzing our orientation attendance against the enrollment data we noticed that a number of individuals who attended our Orientation on Mondays were not returning to enroll into our training program.” says Ana Puljic Student Services and Outreach Director. With a continuous need for job applicants from our hotel partners there was a need to find a solution to get more job seekers enrolled into training. This partnership with ResCare will allow job seekers the opportunity to attend today’s orientation and immediately following enroll into our job training program.

“This partnership removes the barrier of a job seeker needing to attend orientation in one location then traveling to a different partner agency location to complete the enrollment process.” says Lynn Hoffman, Project Director ResCare Workforce Services/OneStop Career Center.

Job seekers are strongly encouraged attend the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas’ student orientation TODAY at 10am, doors open at 9:30am. The agency partners expect positive results from this hybrid process and look forward to offering this same opportunity on additional dates in March 2016.

For more information call 702-924-2105.

About Culinary Academy of Las Vegas

Founded in 1993, the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, the country’s leading nonprofit culinary and hospitality training institute, was developed through a joint labor-management trust representing private sector employers, the Culinary Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165. The Academy is licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education and trains several thousand students per year for participating employers in the hospitality industry. Offerings include a 50-seat bistro-style restaurant, Westside Bistro, and a 400-seat banquet and events center located at the 710 West Lake Mead Blvd. campus. The Academy is the concessionaire of record and a caterer for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is an equal opportunity employer/program. For more information, call 702.924.2100 or visit www.theculinaryacademy.org. Stay up to date on happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:
Detrick Sanford
dsanford@theculinaryacademy.org
702-772-4022

Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas Joins Joint Labor-Management Agreement with Culinary Academy of Las Vegas – February 5, 2016

 

**Partnership increases training and employment opportunities for incumbent and new entrant workers **

LAS VEGAS – February 5, 2016 – The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is excited to announce Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas as its newest private sector hospitality partner. The partnership brings the number of private hotel partners to thirty-two Las Vegas strip properties.

“We are excited to share this facility with Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas; specifically the employees; who will benefit from the Academy; which is well suited to train and develop them in any role they desire to pursue” said David Hoenemeyer, Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Board Chair.

Hilton Grand Vacations takes pride in their team members; offering an array of unique benefits. This partnership is considered an added benefit because Hilton Grand Vacation team members now have increased opportunities for development and growth by participating in the free training courses offered at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

“The partnership with Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas increases the potential of placing Academy graduates in life changing employment” says Chris Fava, CEO. “With over 700 employees throughout their (4) properties in Las Vegas we are looking forward to this partnership with Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas.”

Individuals interested in attending the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas can attend the weekly orientation each Monday at 10 a.m. on the Academy campus The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas offers post-secondary training in 12 different hospitality positions, from guest room attendant and house person to steward and professional cook.

About Culinary Academy of Las Vegas
Founded in 1993, the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, the country’s leading nonprofit culinary and hospitality training institute, was developed through a joint labor-management trust representing private sector employers, the Culinary Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165. The Academy is licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education and trains several thousand students per year for participating employers in the hospitality industry. Offerings include a 50-seat bistro-style restaurant, Westside Bistro, and a 400-seat banquet and events center located at the 710 West Lake Mead Blvd. campus. The Academy is the concessionaire of record and a caterer for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is an equal opportunity employer/program.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Detrick Sanford
dsanford@theculinaryacademy.org
702-772-4022

 

 

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Chef Charles Caldwell Demonstrates How to Make Kofta Kebab
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3i5JkaG6GQ

Chef Robert Kennedy Demonstrates How to Make Baklava at Bite of Las Vegas – September 12, 2015

Chef Jeffery Wallace Demonstrates How to Make Hummus at Bite of Las Vegas – September 12, 2015

Icon of Old Vegas Will Live On – August 31, 2015
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/aug/31/icon-old-vegas-will-live/

Feeding Valley Seniors: Church Serving Free Weekday Meals – August 10, 2015
http://www.reviewjournal.com/view/feeding-valley-seniors-church-serving-free-weekday-meals

At Black Hat, Hottest Cyber Product Didn’t Have a Booth – August 10, 2015
http://blogs.cfr.org/cyber/2015/08/10/at-black-hat-hottest-cyber-product-didnt-have-a-booth/

Feeding Hungry Children Over the Summer on 98.5 KLUC – June 19, 2015
http://kluc.cbslocal.com/2015/06/19/feeding-hungry-children-over-the-summer/

The Culinary Academy and Catholic Charities Are Collaborating to Make a Difference in Southern Nevada – June 16, 2015
http://www.catholiccharities.com/service_details/resident-empowerment/

Channel 15 Coverage of the Summer Food Service Program – June 10, 2015
http://noticias.entravision.com/las-vegas/2015/06/10/programa-de-comida-gratis-para-ninos-y-adolescentes/

Channel 8 Coverage of the Summer Food Service Program – June 2, 2015
http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/valley-kids-receive-help-through-summer-meal-program

Director of Food and Beverage Operations Matt Dunbar Shows How to Make a Top Shelf Cadillac Margarita at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts – May 15, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHcMk71CxPA

Executive Chefs Jon Stokes and Robert Neese Volunteered to Judge the Teens Cook with Heart Competition, Sponsored by the American Heart Association – May 7, 2015
https://youtu.be/KVsjWEMp-nk

As Part of President Obama’s Upskill Initiative, the White House Highlighted the Academy’s Contributions to Upskilling the American Workforce – May 1, 2015
http://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=c08bc7f381bd44c39e0bc31019f48859

Academy’s Guest Room Attendant Class Featured on Mundo Fox KMCC-TV – February 24, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKwJL1DPZ20

2015 Trends in Hospitality Featured on Fox 5-KVVU – January 15, 2015
http://youtu.be/i_skIjocUTw

The Culinary Academy Celebrates 20 Years of Changing Lives – September 18, 2014
http://youtu.be/Akuw5jzMuMU

Food Program Treats Children to Lunch During the Summer – June 24, 2014
http://www.reviewjournal.com/view/paradise/food-program-treats-children-lunch-during-summer

CEO Chris Fava featured on the Lillian McMorris Show [starting at 14-minute mark] – May 26, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8wRWaW9xCQ#t=13

Homeless Striving for Self-Sufficiency Train To Be Kitchen Stewards – February 28, 2014
http://www.reviewjournal.com/view/paradise/homeless-striving-self-sufficiency-train-be-kitchen-stewards

Thousands Seek Aid Through Project Homeless Connect – November 19, 2013
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/thousands-seek-aid-through-project-homeless-connect

Thousands of Vegas Homeless Seek Help in One-Day Event – November 19, 2013
http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/24009508/thousands-of-vegas-homeless-seek-help-in-one-day-event

Executive Chef Jon Stokes shows how to make Roast Cornish Game Hen with Cornbread Stuffing on the latest Springs Elemental – November 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1hrg2C0Wvg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUz-mRRcxa_JcQ9QD1JIq2Bg

Executive Chef Jon Stokes demonstrates how to make Pan-Roasted Pepper-Crusted Scallops on the Springs Elemental show – September 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JMbffwBmWQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUz-mRRcxa_JcQ9QD1JIq2Bg

Culinary Academy graduate gets a fresh start on her life – July 1, 2013
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/jun/28/special-court-helps-women-leave-life-prositution-b/

Les Kincaid broadcast his Wine du Jour show from the Springs Cafe with food prepared by our chefs and commentary provided by Wine Instructor Jack Gerow – June 6, 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye_w2tXbX08&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Check out this delicious Rosemary Gin Fizz recipe from the Culinary Academy – June 24, 2013
http://www.thedailymeal.com/rosemary-ginger-fizz

School’s out, but free lunches still available for Las Vegas kids and a chance for the Culinary Academy to help the community – June 21, 2013

Free Meals Offered to children this summer with help from the Culinary Academy – June 19, 2013
http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/family/free-meals-offered-children-summer

Channel 8 KLAS-TV Highlighted the Academy’s Safety and Sanitation Training — May 14, 2013

The AFL-CIO Profiles the Academy — February 2013

 

Student chefs shine at ‘Almost Famous’ competition in Las Vegas — February 23, 2013

Butternut Squash Bisque, Springs Café — January 24, 2013

United Airlines Lesson for Government — January 10, 2013

Springs Cafe Introduces New Winter A La Carte Menu — January 4, 2013

Life after ‘right-to-work’: How one union flourishes in right-to-work Nevada — December 27, 2012

Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Hits the Jackpot for Labor and Management — October 12, 2012

Re-Entry Programs give former prisoners hope-August 23, 2012

Lunchtime Lessons: Idealistic young teacher inspires his students—and himself—with food – July 19, 2012

It’s Not All Bright Lights and Pillow Mints—June 28, 2012

Summer Food Service Program Offers Kids Free Meals Across Valley—June 26, 2012

Las Vegas: Where business meets pleasure-January 26, 2012

Goodman sees job growth in downtown development- KVVU Fox 5, January 23, 2012

Changes taking root at a scenic Springs Café – Jan.18 2012

200 Culinary Jobs to be filled in Smith Center job fair- January 12,2012

Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Makes Top-Level Appointment To Oversee Food and Beverage Operations At The Smith Center For The Performing Arts-January 12, 2012

Springs Cuisine- October/November 2011

Dining Pick of the Week: Springs Café- November 29,2011

 

 

Friendly and Clean Sure Beat Out Mean- May 30, 2010, Las Vegas Sun

New Campaign Hopes to Feed More Hungry Children-

Eager to Get to Work- November 8, 2009, Las Vegas Sun

 

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