JACKSON, WY— It’s called “culinary arts” for a reason, and Central Wyoming College’s most recent project is an ode to the flavorful and the artistic.

CWC Jackson just released “Inspired Kitchen,” a full work of art which combines the talents of local culinary, visual and written artists into a beautifully written and illustrated cookbook. The book features original recipes from CWC’s culinary arts students, graduates, and instructors, paired artwork by local artist s Jenny Dowd, Cal Brackin, and Jocelyn Slack, and writing from Connie Wieneke. All of them have been working together for the better half of a year putting this project together.

Selected pieces from the book are already on display in the Center for the Arts theater gallery through November to showcase Jackson’s artisan culture and creativity, but the big reveal is Friday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. CWC will host a public celebration and reception of the book, featuring the displayed works of art, antique kitchenware loaned by Joni Upsher, Susan Ericksen-Meier, and others, along with refreshments crafted by the culinary arts students. Come meet the masterminds behind the work, buy the cookbook, and rest assured knowing the proceeds will support CWC Jackson.

The goal of this project is to recognize the mutual creativity in the arts while establishing CWC as Jackson’s hub for the culinary and traditional arts. “We strive to inspire educators to integrate the arts into their educational programs to engage students in project-based learning,” said Amy Madera, CWC professor of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.

The exhibit and opening take place during CWC’s annual Jackson Hole Culinary Conference, which hosts secondary instructors from Wyoming and outlying school districts. This year’s theme is “Inspire.” The conference will host a presentation about this project-based approach of integrating the visual and culinary arts. The JH Culinary Conference was established six years ago to provide much-needed education and training to regional culinary instructors and aspiring chefs.

“We want to thank our partners, Wyoming Lodging Restaurant Association Education Foundation and Wyoming Department of Education,” Madera said.

The Inspired Kitchen project was conceived by Susan Durfee, director of Central Wyoming College-Jackson and Madera, with the goal of building culinary inspiration, creativity and education in the region.

“We intend this celebration to inspire and create an appreciative and thriving community through food and arts,” Durfee said.

Proceeds will benefit CWC scholarships and programming, as well as community cooking classes. Collaboration is a constant pillar of CWC—their cooking classes feature demonstrations of nutritious food preparation with ingredients provided by the local food bank and rescued food by local resort chefs. The creation of Inspired Kitchen is supported through generous grants from the Wyoming Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center of Wonder’s C-3 grant program, Arts for All! grant and 4JH Jackson Hole Lodging Tax.