ACC Culinary Students Gain Real-World Experience at Riverbats Cafe

ACC students gain hands-on experience working at the Riverbats Cafe.

Austin Community College culinary arts students are putting their training to work in the Riverbats Café, an on-campus restaurant open to the community. The café opens for lunch on Wednesdays, now through April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Rd., Room 3158).

In addition to a standard menu, the Riverbats Café will offer special meals from regions across the country.

The cafe is part of the American Regional Cuisine class, the capstone course for ACC’s Culinary Arts Program. It gives students practical, hands-on experience in all aspects of food service operations, from working at various kitchen stations to managing a restaurant.

“The Riverbats Café gives our students the opportunity to see what it is like to work in a real kitchen,” says Chef Stephanie Herrington, chair of the Culinary Arts Department. “It’s great technical training, but it’s also gratifying for the students to see how much the college and community enjoy what they’ve prepared.”

Reservations are not required. Gratuities are not accepted, but patrons are encouraged to fill out comment cards to assist students in the learning process.

The menu is available on Riverbats Café’s webpage. For more information on ACC’s Culinary Arts Program, visit

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