Students Learn the Reality of the Restaurant World at Sharp

By: The Art Institutes

November 18, 2010

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland Student-Run Restaurant Opens to the Public

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland is proud to announce the opening of Sharp, the student-run restaurant, serving lunch Thursdays and Fridays 12:45 to 2:30pm. Sharp’s three-course menu features international cuisine and fresh, local ingredients that provides students a chance to showcase their culinary talent and gain real-world experience in restaurant operations, management and customer service. Sharp showcases the school’s commitment to training well-rounded culinary professionals by creating a context through which students practice critical skills.

All operations at Sharp are handled by the students in the upper division restaurant course, a requirement for those pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management or an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts. Enrollment is limited to 10 students and instructed by Chef David McIntyre and Professor Elizabeth Davis.

Chef McIntyre guides students in the back of the house, coaching them on cooking techniques, speed, accuracy and quality. He draws upon 25 years of broad based experience in the food service and hospitality industries. In addition to teaching classes at The Art Institute, he is a member of the Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council and leads culinary tours throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Elizabeth Davis instructs and advises students in the front of the house, focusing on guest satisfaction, efficiency and customer service. Davis has worked in hospitality for 15 years, in highly acclaimed restaurants such as San Francisco’s Delfina and Boulevard. In addition to teaching at The Art Institute, Davis manages Nostrana Restaurant in Portland and is a part time restaurant consultant.

"Sharp is taking a global approach to local ingredients and sourcing from international markets that serve Portland's diverse communities" said Chef David McIntyre.

The menu is dynamic, but current options include “Tiger Eats Lamb” Gua Bao—steamed bun with braised lamb belly, peanuts, cilantro, and pickled mustard greens and Mixed Grill—adobo marinated brisket, lemon marinated quail, and rosemary lamb chop chimichurri rojo, and grilled kale with bagna cauda. A dynamic menu that undergoes regular changes keeps the students engaged with the learning process and reinforces the school’s commitment to local, sustainable and seasonal products.

The concept of Sharp, from the restaurant name to the intimate dining room, was a collaborative effort between the Interior Design, Advertising, Graphic Design and Culinary Departments at The Art Institute of Portland.

Sharp is currently open for lunch most Thursdays and Fridays (when school is in session) from 12:45pm – 2:30pm | 3-course lunch is $12 for public, $10 with student ID. The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland is located on the North Park Blocks, at 34 NW 8th Ave, the southeast corner of NW 8th and Couch, Portland, OR 97209
For more information about Sharp or to make reservations for lunch, email

Photographs courtesy of Annalou Vincent.

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By: The Art Institutes

November 18, 2010