The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas (CALV) is the country’s leading nonprofit hospitality training institute offering 15 different programs in hospitality work, digital and employability skills training, and language instruction. Our mission is to train people for successful, family-sustaining careers in the Las Vegas hospitality industry. We work to reduce poverty and eliminate unemployment by providing vocational and job-readiness training to youth, adults, and displaced workers.
We provide training for entry-level and union workers in the Las Vegas hospitality industry. As a labor-management trust, CALV has invaluable partnerships with the Culinary Union Local 226, Bartenders Union Local 165, and 35 major properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Our goal is to provide high-quality training that will enable people to have successful careers with a living wage, benefits, employer-provided insurance, and opportunities for career advancement.
Students receive real-world training on our campus and through our applied learning sites and partners. The Westside Bistro is a student-run, full-service restaurant located on the main CALV campus. Culinary Arts Catering and Events is a professional catering service that provides on-site banquet service in our Events Center or off-site at a venue of choice. We are a preferred caterer and the sole concessionaire of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. We are also the owner and operator of 500 Grand Cafe, located inside the Clark County Government Center.
The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas plays an important role in the community, working to eliminate poverty and unemployment. Since our beginnings in 1993, we have trained more than 55,000 students for quality, family-sustaining careers in Southern Nevada. We provide a pathway out of poverty for community members who are unemployed or underemployed. All vocational training programs are licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education and a certificate of completion equates to one-year of work experience with our employer partners on the Las Vegas Strip.