Programs

CHOW Institute

In Detroit, we currently offer your choice between three different 8-week long, hands-on classes; Introduction to Bartending 101, Mixology and Craft Cocktails, which is an advanced class for Bartending 101 graduates or working bartenders, and a Culinary Food and Fundamental Skills class. 

In Lansing, we offer three classes as well; Culinary Food and Fundamental Skills, Introduction to Bartending 101, and a Soft Skills class.

We partner with High Road employers and placement agencies to create a job on ramp for our graduates!

Detroit Classes

Intro to Bartending

This course covers:

  • Learning & executing quality soft skills service
  • Understanding technical service & dining terminology
  • Basics of wine & beer
  • Speed rack order
  • How to free pour over 25 cocktails from memory
  • Access to resume & interviewing guidance
  • TIPS Certification
  • Direct connections with our restaurant association members & partners for possible placement!

Register here for Monday evening Bartending 101 classes (April 20th – June 8th):

Register here for Wednesday evening Bartending 101 classes (April 22nd – June 10th)

Mixology and Craft Cocktails 201 (8 Weeks)

This hands-on course provides an opportunity for Bartending 101 graduates and working bartenders to create their own signature drink, focusing on the “art and craft of the cocktail.”

This course covers:

  • History of spirits, wine and drinking culture
  • Understanding flavor profiles to create balanced and well-crafted drinks
  • Knowledge of drink “families”
  • Garnishing, and bar chefing
  • Alcohol safety and bartending laws 
  • TIPS certification

 

Register here for Tuesday evening Mixology classes (April 21st – June 9th):

Culinary Art and Fundamental Skills 101 (8 Weeks)

This course covers:

  • Rules of the professional kitchen, 
  • Introduction to kitchen stations, roles and responsibilities in the kitchen
  • Mise en place and knife skills
  • Proper sanitation, food storage and food rotation
  • Basic recipes and cooking techniques 
  • Serve Safe training and certification, at no cost
  • Upon course completion you will be job ready!

Register here for Wednesday evening Culinary Food and Fundamental Skills classes (April 22nd – June 10th):

Lansing Classes

Culinary Art and Fundamental Skills 101 (8 Weeks)

This course covers:

  • Rules of the kitchen and roles and responsibilities in the kitchen 
  • Introduction to kitchen stations
  • Vegetable prep and knife skills, 
  • Storage and food rotation, and
  • Basic recipes for preparation of sauces, vinaigrettes, french fries, salads, egg dishes, poultry, fish, and shellfish.
 
For more information, please reach out to michigan@rocunited.org.
 
 

Banquet Bartending and Art of Service 101 (8 weeks)

This course offers:

  • Barback basics
  • Preparation of classic and contemporary cocktails
  • Origins of vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila, rum and brandy
  • Craft beer knowledge, and the 
  • Art of bartending hospitality

And with an introduction to the restaurant industry and principles of hospitality, the students also learn about:

  • Points of service
  • Taking reservations
  • Different categories of restaurants, grooming standards, restaurant terminology, greeting the table, menu presentation and taking orders
 
For more information, please reach out to michigan@rocunited.org.

Soft Skills Training and Art of Service (3 weeks)

This course offers:

  • Employment Readiness
  • Resume Preparation
  • Introduction to the restaurant industry and principles of hospitality
  • Points of service
  • Taking reservations
  • Different categories of restaurants
  • Grooming standards
  • Restaurant terminology
  • Greeting the table
  • Menu presentation
  • Taking orders, and
  • Full meal service, including coffee, tea, beer, wine and spirits.
 
For more information, please reach out to michigan@rocunited.org.