The Food Artisan Immersion Program (FAIP) is a seasonal work-study residency on the Taliesin estate with a kitchen garden and supporting curriculum that surveys the cultivation, craft, and community of regionally reliant foodways in southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless region.
The multifaceted program draws its inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for Taliesin as a living laboratory where culture, architecture, agriculture, and the natural environment converge around the desire to explore the ongoing question: How do we live now?
FAIP is a survey course, with part-time paid work at Taliesin’s Riverview Terrace Cafe and Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. FAIP gives participants a chance to learn basic food service skills, and share the estate’s unique story with visitors. Supporting curriculum including readings, field trips, and speakers are designed to give a deeper connection to sustainable foodways. This program provides daily practice and experimentation in growing, preparing & serving seasonally-inspired regionally-reliant meals. Our guiding principle is stewarding a healthy food system, rooted in cooperation between people, their community, and their environment.
Learning and immersion take place on the 800-acre Taliesin estate, which is also a part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Riverview Terrace Cafe is also a laboratory for experimentation. Wright’s “Riverview Terrace” was his exclusive restaurant design. It was intended for travelers and locals alike, and to be the gateway to Taliesin. We serve local and seasonal cuisine, some of which is grown right here on the Taliesin estate. The cafe is part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, which welcomes more than 27,000 annual visitors between April and November.
FAIP participants will experience the “Taliesin Way of Life ” within the greater community of creatives and artisans of the Driftless Region. Participants are provided basic housing on the Taliesin estate and engage fully in the program while working part-time paid assigned shifts.
Experiential learning incorporates living on the Taliesin estate, trips to explore our local artisans, farmers, and community, preparing and enjoying shared meals, maintaining the student garden, and part-time employment. Instruction is designed to build skills and confidence in the basics of food service, gardening, sustainable agriculture, and community advocacy.
The program runs from May through October. We invite you to join the journey throughout the entire seasonal cycle from exploring mindfulness about food, planting and cultivating the crops and gardens, and bringing it into the kitchen to create delicious food. Participants will be immersed in and experience the community life in and around Taliesin
Taliesin Preservation’s programs are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.