These Roots Run Deep

The Culinary Arts Institute and program is steeped in local history.

Even the name of the restaurant, Sage & Seed, stems from the original use of the land where our campus now sits. A vegetable farm originally made up a major part of this land, and years later would become home to the state’s first permanent community college campus in 1966. 

The Culinary Arts Institute of Lorain County Community College is a collaboration between visionary chefs, a talented student pool, and farm-to-table initiatives. The Culinary Arts Institute is the epicenter for culinary arts and hospitality in Northeastern Ohio.  It gives the community many opportunities for personal enrichment and culinary entertainment, professional skill improvement in both the culinary arts and business acumen for seasoned pros and those seeking a start in the industry.

The Culinary Arts Institute is located in the Ben & Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center, which is sandwiched between the college’s Spitzer Conference Center and Stocker Arts Center.  This give students in the Culinary Arts program the opportunity to hone their skills in the student-run restaurant, Sage & Seed, each spring semester when it opens. The students prepare the food and wait the tables, gaining experience on both sides of the house.




Your Culinary Adventure

Cooking Classes

Take your friends-night-out to the next level with our entertaining and instructional cooking classes.

Commercial Kitchens

The Culinary Arts Center features commercial kitchens, a bake shop, a demonstration kitchen, and a variety of spaces available for rent to businesses and entrepreneurs. Our team of experts is also available for kitchen build-out consultation.

Team Building

Bring your colleagues for a day of team building where you will learn new skills in collaboration, delegation and communication while preparing and enjoying a great meal.

Fresh, Local Food

We proudly partner with local farmers to bring fresh, local food and ingredients to your table.

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  • Sage & Seed Ice Sculpture
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Find Your Culinary Adventure

Culinary Arts Institute

Ben & Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center
1005 N. Abbe Rd.
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 366-4100


M-F 8:30 am to 5 pm
Sat. Closed
Sun. Closed

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