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Food Artisan Immersion Program Participant

February 26, 2020 2:03 PM | Mathias Lemos Castillo (Administrator)
  • Madison, WI, USA
  •  8.00 - 10.00
  •  Hourly
  •  Seasonal

 A tuition free culinary education combined with paid work

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Taliesin Preservation of Spring Green, WI is looking for Food Artisan Immersion Program Participants to join our 2020 seasonal work-study culinary program. Would you like to experience seed-to-compost learning while staying on the Taliesin estate, Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin historical home, and earn $8.00 - $10.00 per hour plus tip share for working part-time in our Riverview Terrace Cafe? Shared housing, family meals while on shift, and tuition-free classes are provided. (There is a $2,000.00 up-front fee to cover the cost of housing on the estate. Participants who successfully complete the program will be refunded $1,000.00 of the fee ***financial assistance may be available) If this sounds like the right culinary work-study program for you, apply for a session today!


As stewards of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, our dual mission is to preserve the cultural, built, and natural environments that comprise the Taliesin property and to conduct educational and cultural programs that provide a greater understanding of his architecture and ideas. We are different from other historic sites because we are not satisfied with just being a museum. We want the estate to stay filled with life.

For over a century, Taliesin and the surrounding Driftless hills and valleys have served as a laboratory for living. There is an energy here that captures and engages people. And the staff, without exception, is made up of creative people who care passionately about their work and are full of ideas. We are a small organization and, as such, we offer a lot of flexibility and opportunity for people to develop within their areas of interest--and we are invested in their success!

The Food Artisan Immersion Program builds naturally on this by using an approach to food that integrates ecology, art, craft, community, and region.


As a Food Artisan Immersion Program Participant, you are excited to be part of this amazing program that draws its inspiration from Wright's organic vision that the arts, community, agriculture, food, and learning are integrally connected with the land. You embrace being immersed in the "foodways" concept--the intersection of food in culture, traditions, community, and history. As part of this program that combines compensated part-time hourly employment with a tuition-free curriculum, you share housing on the Taliesin Estate and get to partake in communal meals--immersing yourself in the experience.

For your paid training, you rotate through all positions at Taliesin's Riverview Terrace Cafe where menus use seasonally inspired ingredients--mainly sourced from the surrounding Driftless region. While working at the cafe, you learn about product origin, kitchen fundamentals, proper food handling, how to read and create recipes, food cost analysis, menu planning, and vendor relationships. In addition to your paid work at the Cafe, you get to participate in free hands-on learning through scheduled "on-location" curriculum activities around the region.

Curriculum activities include participating in a kitchen garden on the estate, shared group dinners at the Hillside School of Architecture, lectures, guest speaker sessions, book discussions, estate events, art projects, and field trips to area farms and restaurants. This instruction is designed to build skills and confidence in the basics of food service employment, gardening, sustainable agriculture systems, and community advocacy. You will love that you are becoming well-versed in foodservice and hospitality while gaining a greater appreciation and understanding of how to participate with and protect our regional foodways.


  • Keen interest in learning by doing
  • Commitment to participate in both the paid work and free educational activities
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time, bend, and lift at least 50 lbs
  • Open to working with all foods, including all types of meat
  • Passion for preparing local, sustainable foods, and being an ambassador for a seed-to-table curriculum

Do you have a strong work ethic and love for learning? Are you interested in food sources and how to compliment and highlight each ingredient's unique characteristics? Do you possess the curiosity for creative experimentation? Can you take direction and work well with others with varying skillsets? Do you have a strong desire to develop a career in food service or culinary arts? Are you flexible and able to "roll with the flow"? Do you like to interact with new and diverse people? If this sounds like you, you might just be perfect as a Food Artisan Immersion Program Participant!


The part-time compensated employment at the cafe ranges from 20-28 hours per week. The 27-Week whole immersion session goes from late April through October and allows time for spring menu planning, planting, cultivating, and end of season putting-by, and more depth for communications and learning about the farm-to-table business.


If this foodservice work-study program sounds right for you, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!

Location: 53588

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