During an event on July 20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Dairy Barn, Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis and the American Dairy Association of Indiana (ADAI) unveiled a new project on wheels: the “Courses Curbside” food truck.
Courses Curbside, sponsored by the ADAI, is an extension of the College’s student-operated Courses Restaurant and Courses Bakery & Café. The food truck will showcase culinary opportunities and the industry’s business side, offered through the College’s Hospitality Administration program.
“What a great program this is for Ivy Tech students,” said Jenni Browning, CEO of American Dairy Association Indiana. “Any initiative that can provide hands-on knowledge and experience is invaluable, and this program does exactly that. Indiana’s dairy farm families are pleased to be a partner with Ivy Tech in introducing the Courses Curbside food truck, and we look forward to watching how this program develops and creates opportunity upon opportunity for people seeking to establish careers in the culinary field.”
In addition to showcasing culinary opportunities, Courses Curbside will provide food service at select public events, periodically introducing a variety of new menu items, including several dairy-centric offerings.
“We are excited to partner with ADAI as title sponsors of Courses Curbside, the food truck initiative of the Hospitality Administration program at Ivy Tech Indianapolis,” said Hospitality Administration Program Chair Chef Jeff Bricker. “We look forward to taking this collaboration on the road to our dual credit high school culinary programs and engaging students there in learning more about culinary arts and careers in Hospitality. Since the onset of the pandemic, our high school dual credit partner programs have not been able to do field trips to our campus for tours, so this food truck initiative will allow us to take dynamic learning experiences to them.”
During the unveiling event, guests heard from Ivy Tech President Dr. Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech Indianapolis Chancellor, Dr. Lorenzo Esters, and ADAI CEO Jenni Browning. Additionally, guests enjoyed various creations using dairy ingredients such as grilled cheese with pepper jack on sourdough bread, muenster on cinnamon raisin bread, tulip tree milkweed with pesto on Italian bread and the classic American cheese on white bread. The ADAI also served up a delicious salted caramel milkshake.
The food truck was donated to Ivy Tech from the Rickers convenience store chain and designed by Ivy Tech’s graphic design team.
In addition to the ADAI, Courses Curbside also has sponsorships with Indiana Pork and Sysco.
Ivy Tech’s Hospitality Administration program is the only American Culinary Federation accredited culinary program in Indiana. It offers the same hands-on learning as other culinary schools in the region at a quarter of the cost, allowing those eager for a culinary career to get the experience employers are looking for in world-class facilities with little to no debt.
For more information about Ivy Tech Community College’s Hospitality Administration program, visit IvyTech.edu/hospitality-admin, and to learn more about the American Dairy Association Indiana, visit WinnersDrinkMilk.com.
To experience the great work of Ivy Tech’s culinary students, guests can dine at Courses Restaurant and Courses Bakery & Café throughout the semester. Both food service locations are in Ivy Tech Indianapolis’ Culinary and Conference Center, located at 2820 N. Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis. The bakery and café is on the first floor and the restaurant is on the penthouse level with impeccable views of the city’s skyline. Find hours and availability at IvyTech.edu/CoursesRestaurant.
Those interested in enrolled at Ivy Tech this fall can apply for classes that start August 18 or October 20 by going to IvyTech.edu/apply.