Jose Beltran/ tejano tribune
Thirteen09 is located within the Administrative Services Building at 9050 Viscount Blvd.
The Culinary Arts program at El Paso Community College is one of the most successful and rapid growing programs around.
Back in 2009, EPCC opened up a brand new culinary center; complete with a kitchen, an array of classrooms, a television studio and Thirteen 09, the building’s student-operated restaurant.
The restaurant seats 50 people and is open for service Tuesday’s and Thursday’s for lunch and dinner.
Students that work the restaurant prepare for service on Monday’s and Wednesdays.
Student Culinary Services Manager, Chef Jon Nickerson, is a big name at the restaurant. His job to manage Thirteen 09.
“The productivity of the restaurant has been rising this passing semester.” Said Nickerson. The increasing success of the restaurant has allowed the program to invest into expanding and upgrading the tools they use.
Chef Daniel Guerra is in charge of the culinary arts program’s renovations, expansions, and new additions to the tools and services available to the students.
As of now, the green house available to the students has been expanded to grow more vegetables, herbs, etc. for use in their own kitchen.
The greenhouse also supports a full compost system to aid the fertilization and quality of the food the students grow.
Students in the program also have a hydroponic system available to them, used to grow fish that they will be used to cook in the restaurant or in class.
Outside of the kitchen, students learn about how to manage food and what is safe to eat, what is in need to dispose, and more.
All of the students must go through a Safety and Sanitation class before enrolling into the program.
After that, they decide which branch/branches of the program they will follow.
They can choose anything between Culinary Arts, Pastry-making, and Restaurant Management.