Special Events

Public Events:

  • Register today for the Fall Fermentation Course Workshop Series through COCC Community Education. Registration is limited to 16 participants. See Fall 2023 flyer.
  • The 22nd Annual Empty Bowls event will take place on Sunday, October 29 at COCC. Culinary students are working together to make soup for this NeighborImpact annual fundraiser that raises awareness of hunger.
  • Cascade Culinary Institute looks forward to announcing details about the Bakery Kiosk/Culinary Club Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser in early November.
  • For the latest Elevation Restaurant special events that are open to the public, get on the email list by emailing info@cascadeculinary.com. Emails are sent periodically. Make sure to update your spam filter to be sure you receive announcements.
  • Interested in a short term cooking class? Contact Central Oregon Community College’s Community Education program, or browse their catalog.

Featured Past Events: Students participate in many more internal events, but here is a list of recent (and mostly) public ones!

  • Guest Speaker: Distinguished chef and author Bryant Terry held several activities on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at Cascade Culinary Institute. 
  • Valentine’s Dinner, February 17, 2023. A Culinary Club fundraiser.
  • “The Story of Fred Harvey” HM 101 student presentation, Nov. 29, 2022.
  • Fermentation Workshop This nine-week Community Education non-credit series offered cheese making, kimchi, kombucha, vinegar, pickles, bread, and more.  Students studied under Julian Darwin, CCI Retired Chef & Andy Laursen of Windy Acres Farm, with additional guest speakers. 
  • Culinary Club Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser 2022 (see also Facebook post)
  • NeighborImpact Fundraiser, Empty Bowls 
  • Lita Kilpatrick Celebration of Life, April 30, 2022. Lita was a passionate advocate during the creation of Cascade Culinary Institute.
  • Sheri’s Hazelcream Challenge, April 27, 2022, where students competed for cash prizes sponsored by a local dairy substitute company. It was covered by two local news stations!
  • Food and Wine Tasting, March 1, 2022. CUL 242 Charcuterie and Wine and Beverage and HM 160 Wine and Beverage Management teamed up to offer the community “action stations” where guests rotated through food and wine pairings/discussions. 
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner,  Wednesday Feb. 16, 2022. A Culinary Club fundraiser!
  • Fall 2021 Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser. Chocolate Bourbon Pecan and Chai Apple Thanksgiving Pies were for sale by the Culinary Club.  Details 
  • Fresh vs. Frozen? (Elevation Patio event) Students and community members learned the latest science in the fresh vs. frozen debate from Ann Colonna of the OSU Food Innovation Center. Two events were held on the Elevation Restaurant Patio with the CUL 110 Culinary Foundations class for cooking the fish for the taste test. The Community Presentation was October 11, 2021 5:30pm; Student Presentation was October 12, 2021 5:30pm.
  • High Desert Food & Farm Alliance (HDFFA) Fresh Harvest Kit Fundraiser (October 8, 2021) (Elevation Patio event)
  • High Desert Food & Farm Alliance HDFFA Harvest Box Fundraiser (September 2020) (Elevation Patio event)
  • Danish Hygge Dinner (March 6, 2020)
  • Interactive Culinary Learning Experience (Tapas) (February 20, 2020)
  • Valentine’s Dinner (February 14, 2020)
  • Fred Harvey Dinner at Elevation (December 5-6, 2019)
  • “Chopped Competition” CCI Fundraiser at Anthony’s at the Old Mill District (November-December, 2019)
  • Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser 2019 (November 2019)

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