The Food Artisan Immersion Program (FAIP) is an introductory culinary course exploring cultivation, craft, and community of regionally reliant foodways of Wisconsin’s greater sustainable agriculture community, located in the Driftless hills and valleys of southwest Wisconsin.
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 everyday life. We believe that an integral healthy food system is rooted in great cooperation between people, their community, and their environment.
Experiential learning takes place through living on the Taliesin estate, meals shared with the community, maintaining the student garden, and paid part-time employment at the Riverview Terrace Cafe. Community advocacy around food plays an imminent role in the teachings of FAIP. Instruction is designed to build skills and confidence in the basics of foodservice, gardening, sustainable agriculture, and community advocacy.
The program is designed as a survey course and is intended for people curious about entering foodservice or professionals seeking a deeper connection to foodways in their existing competencies.
FAIP is designed for people beginning, or early in their foodservice careers, or career changers, looking to join a workforce seeking a deeper understanding of regional foodways to apply to their existing skills.
The Riverview Terrace Cafe is the home for the FAIP and laboratory for local integrated foodservice.
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.
FAIP is centered on work-study employment in the Riverview Terrace Cafe, located at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. Participants experience daily practice in preparing seasonally inspired, regionally reliant meals for the cafe.
A 27-week immersive program from late April through October 31, inviting the participant to join the journey throughout the entire seasonal cycle from exploring mindfulness about food, planting and cultivating the crops and gardens, bringing it into the kitchen to create delicious food, and presenting and sharing it with guests. Participants will be immersed in and experience the community life in and around Taliesin
Taliesin Programs is 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.