The Willamette Falls Culinary Arts Center (WFCAC) at the Oregon City Food District is a revitalization project of a century old industrial mill site situated at the confluence of Oregon’s richest agricultural production lands and a regional metropolitan marketplace. The Pacific Coast railroad and the Willamette River pass from the Willamette Valley through Oregon City, as do three major highways, all linking Oregon City to markets in Portland, the nation, and the world. The WFCAC continues the tradition of trade and good eating that have always defined this, Oregon’s oldest settlement.
The Culinary Arts Center will prepare students coming from all over the world for careers as professional cooks, pastry chefs, and restaurateurs. The food-centric activities will draw more tourism and expand the local food economy, offering more affordable access to local food and healthy choices. Together, the development and other buildings comprising the Food District rely on each other for many resources.
Programmatically, the WFCAC includes a student-run restaurant and bar; cafe and bakery; greenhouses for production, teaching, and research; food innovation lab; teaching kitchen; and a mushroom cave.