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Brightwater is housed in a state-of-the-art facility located in 8th Street Market in Bentonville, Arkansas. The school was built due to a generous grant by the Walton Family Foundation. The upgraded facility occupies 27,500 square feet within a larger building surrounded by third-party food-related businesses. Having so much culinary talent under one roof can only intensify the creativity and learning opportunities for the community. The concept is inspired by public markets such as Mercato Centrale in Florence, Italy, with food retail shops, dining stalls and trucks, and other entertainment options.
Brightwater's kitchens offer you access to a variety of the most-up-to-date equipment and unique designs that offer you quality hands-on experience. Kitchens include Jade Suite stoves, chimneys, ranges, grill, prep areas, and more.
Brightwater's bakeshop is furnished like most commercial bakeries. Equipment includes deck ovens, convection ovens, organized mixers, dough sheeter, dough portioner and more.
Brightwater is one of a handful of schools in the US to teach whole animal butchery and is equipped with items such as a table saw, industrial meat grinder, buffalo chopper, industrial meat extruder and more.
Ozark Culinary Theater
Brightwater's culinary theater is used for lectures, guest speakers and beer and wine tasting, as well as cooking demonstrations.
Beverage Arts Room
Brightwater's Beverage Arts room houses classes in specialty coffee and barista training, bartending and bar management and recipe development, as well as space to host events.
Brightwater's Classroom 162 houses lectures and offers space for teachers to instruct students using a variety of technology.
Brightwater's conference rooms offer space for individuals to gather, brainstorm, host presentations and have in-depth discussions.
Brightwater's resource room is a quiet place for students to gather and study. It offers study rooms, computers and scanners.
Lobby & Common Area
Brightwater's lobby and commons area offer space and seating for students, faculty, staff and visitors to gather, grab a bite to eat, discuss their passions and share their culinary creations.
Mobile Food Lab
Brightwater's Mobile Food Lab is used for culinary training, food demos and special events, as well as for reaching those affected by food insecurity.
Brightwater's Greenhouse is located on the school's grounds and uses a hydroponic system to grow over 5,500 lbs of produce year-round.
Due to COVID-19, Brightwater has put a hold on renting its facility for special occasions, conferences, training and more.