Summer Culinary Institute at Tech


Fifty high school girls will learn more about the culinary profession during a summer culinary institute which is being hosted at Arkansas Tech.

The institute is taking place June 6-10, and it is sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas.

The week-long institute will expose participants to all areas of the hospitality industry including entrepreneurship, nutrition, culinary, job readiness and other areas that are pertinent to college level course work.

As part of the institute, there will be a dinner series open to members of the River Valley community.

Chef Chrissy Sanderson, executive chef for U.S. Foods and formerly of Bordinos, will teach nutrition and food costs to participants, and she will prepare a meal for the public at Williamson Hall Dining Room on Tuesday, June 7. Tickets for the meal will be $25. Guest speaker Chef Tracy Griffith will host a hands-on culinary learning event for participants. Chef Tracy is the first female to graduate from the California Sushi Academy and one of the world’s first female certified sushi chefs. She will host a book signing for the public on Wednesday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Street Depot in Russellville.

On Friday, June 10, Chef Tracy will prepare a meal at Williamson Hall Dining Room. Tickets are $50. For more information or tickets, contact Susan West at or by phone at 479-200-6136.