Before going through a drive through for lunch again, consider a gourmet lunch that will make your taste buds burst but not your budget. At The Artisan Restaurant, a student- run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charlotte, you can savor lunches created and prepared by culinary students whose sights are set on culinary perfection. Tasty entrees range from $8 to $10, and you can choose from additional items such as soups, salads and desserts. In addition to having lunch at The Artisan, your tips are going towards a culinary scholarship fund. It’s the best way to help yourself, and help others. Students attending The International Culinary School are put under fire as they approach the end of their education by working in the school’s The Artisan Restaurant. The restaurant is all a part of a class called A La Carte, and for many of the students, it’s the first time they have sautéed and grilled for paying customers – but you would never know it from sitting in the newly redesigned dining room. The Artisan Restaurant is located within The Art Institute of Charlotte near the Yorkmont Farmers Market at Three LakePointe Plaza, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28217 and offers lunch service Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The restaurant operates under the guidance of Chefs Jess Cochran and Maria Marquez and is known for its commitment to quality products, sourcing many of its ingredients from local farmers. “People ask what it’s like to operate a restaurant exclusively with culinary students- it does have its challenges, but the students always rise to the occasion,” said Chef Cochran. “The Artisan Restaurant is Charlotte’s best kept secret. We offer an outstanding value, and I think we are serving food that’s on par with other trendy spots in town.” For the winter term, the students are featuring a Southwestern cuisine menu which can include a three-course lunch for $13.95. Some examples of menu items include Southwestern Caesar salad, Crispy Poblano Chicken, Black Pepper Crusted Venison, and sweet Apple Empanadas. Large lunch parties and corporate lunch parties are encouraged to make reservations by calling 704.357.5900. As the menu changes on a quarterly basis, customers are encouraged to call for a menu. The Art Institute of Charlotte offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Culinary Arts Management, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts, a Baking and Pastry certificate and an Art of Cooking certificate. The Art Institute of Charlotte is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of more than 45 educational institutions located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info. The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes is North America’s largest system of culinary programs, offered at over 35 Art Institutes schools. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.