COLOR BAR: Art, Bites and Cocktails Inspired by the Colors of Charlotte

On select Thursday evenings this fall, McColl Center artist-in-residence and baker Leah Rosenberg activates her first-floor project Color for the People by serving bites and a Color Bar specialty cocktail inspired by the colors of Charlotte.

Color Bar is made possible, in part, by the generous support of students in the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

For more on Color Bar, click here.

Best Choice Schools names CPCC to its 2016-2017 “Top 20 Best Culinary Schools on the East Coast” list

Best Choice Schools (BCS) has ranked Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) as #14 on its list of “Top 20 Best Culinary Schools on the East Coast.” CPCC’s program was the only culinary program in North Carolina to be named to the list.

To be considered for this recognition, programs had to offer hands-on training, a variety of program options, externship opportunities and have a solid reputation in the field based on BCS’ research. BCS evaluated schools located in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina Georgia, Florida and New York.

“This recognition is a testament to our program’s dedicated, professional faculty who are extremely passionate and good at what they do,” said Bob Boll, division director of hospitality education at CPCC.

CPCC boasts one of the top culinary schools in the country, offering a Culinary Arts program and a Baking & Pastry Arts program that are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. CPCC features state-of-the-art equipment and a mixture of learning delivery methods including classroom, lab and on-the-job. Students learn how to select quality ingredients for their culinary creations and prepare exceptional entrees and dishes. CPCC also features a low student-faculty ratio for more individualized attention.

To view BCS’ complete Top 20 list, please click here. To learn more about CPCC’s Culinary Arts program, visit to learn more about CPCC’s Baking & Pastry Arts program, visit CPCC also offers a Hospitality Management program and to learn more about it, visit

Visit Aspire Bakery and Bistro on Harris Campus

Aspire Bakery & Bistro is located on CPCC’s Harris Campus and is a work based learning opportunity. Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts students gain real
world experience within the support of the college.  Aspire students acquire many valued skills that will help them throughout their hospitality career.
We strive to serve the freshest products to our guest, most being made in house daily! Aspire is open to the public, offering a variety of items including coffee, breakfast items, pastries, salads and sandwiches, and catering. We are open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. We accept cash, debit and credit cards, and gift cards as acceptable forms of payment. Like us on our Facebook page, Aspire Bakery and Bistro, for our weekly menus and seasonal specials!  Also, if you are interested in joining our email list, please email Sandy Birmingham at  We will open for fall semester on Monday, Aug. 29!  We would love for you to come visit us and pick up our beloved cookies or a delicious pastry!

Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry During Sensoria

Come out and support CPCC’s Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. Baked goods will be provided by CPCC’s Baking and Pastry Arts Club and will consist of fresh baked breads, cookies, coffee and various pastries. 100% of the proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry.

Wednesday April 15
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Overcash Lobby

Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry is a national fundraising initiative that encourages people to host bake sales in their communities to help end childhood hunger. For more information about No Kid Hungry please visit


BPA Students Create Replica Cake of Mecklenburg County’s Courthouse

CPCC Baking & Pastry Arts (BPA) students recently completed a culinary masterpiece to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mecklenburg County, and the re-dedication of its courthouse. To honor the occasion, five BPA students – Jessica Salazar, Ryan Walkup, Marina Rombout, Lauren Warner and Shane’ Marshall – created the cakeultimate cake: a replica of Mecklenburg County’s courthouse building.
The cake served as the student’s Capstone project and was vanilla, filled with buttercream icing and topped with fondant. The windows were edible; each one was made of sugar! Collectively, the students worked more than 250 hours on the project.
The cake was delivered to Andrew Murray, Mecklenburg County’s District Attorney, and the impressive creation will be enjoyed by he and his team.
Congratulations to the BPA students on this outstanding creation.


Aspire Bakery and Bistro to Host Open House Feb. 28

CPCC’s Aspire Bakery and Bistro will host a free open house for the public to attend next Thursday on the CPCC Harris Campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample a variety of delicious appetizers and desserts prepared by the College’s Baking and Pastry Arts (BPA) students.aspire menu

The culinary treats featured at the open house will be produced fresh in CPCC’s kitchens by BPA students and are available for sale to the public each day during the fall and spring terms. The eatery is a self-supported enterprise with all proceeds benefitting student activities, scholarships, extracurricular education and resources. In the past, Aspire’s revenue has helped BPA students take educational culinary trips in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to producing delectable food, Aspire produces tomorrow’s business leaders. That’s because it’s operated daily by students earning their cooperative education credits for the semester. In addition, second-year CPCC BPA associate degree students are required to serve one week as an Aspire employee and another week as its manager as part of their Capstone class. This leadership experience allows students to gain valuable hands-on knowledge about running a business, which they may want to pursue after graduation.

Aspire is open to the public during CPCC’s fall and spring semesters. It operates Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to visit any time during these hours to purchase its daily variety of mouthwatering baked goods and desserts, handmade chocolates, soups, garden fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches and aromatic coffees and teas.

For more details, please visit

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 28; 4 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Aspire Bakery and Bistro, Harris I Building Atrium, CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr., Charlotte, N.C.

CONTACT: This event is open to the publicAdmission to the event is free. Public parking is available in the Harris Campus parking lot. For more information, please contact 704.330.4759.