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Welcome to STAGE- A Student Culinary Arts Experience.  Bringing creativity, art, food, cooking, and real world business to students.  Stage is a student culinary arts project that puts our youth into the kitchens of todays top restaurants.  STAGE students are working directly with the most established chefs in the culinary world, while building real life pop-up restaurant business’.


STAGE is a branch of the highly successful education platform developed by artist and entrepreneur Mark Rivard.  Rivard Art LLC. launched in 2004 with a  focused on creativity, fine arts, and education.  Developing the Rivard Art Education in 2011 the mission was to change the educational experience through creativity and real life entrepreneurial spirit.  Eventually Rivard’s unique format would find it’s way into his other passions, food and the world of cooking.  With a successful platform based in fine arts, Rivard along with Chef Jim Christiansen of Heyday Restaurant piloted The Heyday Project, an experimental student menu and pop-up style dinner.  With that project a new form of Experiential Learning programs was created and the basis for STAGE was born.


With an unparalleled approach to the student experience, STAGE aims to build on the creative spirit of it’s students.  Based on the idea that students will benefit from potential failure and gain immeasurable value from real experience the A.C.E. Core Values were created:  Artistic, Culinary, Enrichment.  A.C.E. encompasses the creative spirit allowing it’s students to see realistic paths to careers in creatively driven fields like the culinary world.  We believe that the term ‘Artist’ should be further associated with professionalism than “starving”.  In a STAGE program the artistic expression is the food.  It is our passion to push an emphasis on food knowledge and cooking technique, while learning about the health and benefits of better eating.  Our students develop a respect for the culinary art form, as well as a stronger awareness of what they eat, while developing respect for ingredients and process.  


STAGE students are responsible for maintaining a viable business as well.  In a STAGE program our students are developing business awareness while tapping into their creative motivations.  Enrichment thrives in the process of seeing an idea conceptualize into a product and experience that the public enjoys and actively participates in.  Every STAGE program is a student voyage into professional, creative, healthy real world experiences.

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DONATE TODAY!  We believe that our students should not be held back from incredible experience based on limited budgets in our schools.  Mark Rivard and the STAGE team are committed to giving our students an unparalleled opportunity.  We are asking for the support of the public to do this.  Please consider making a donation to St. Paul Creative Arts Secondary School to help fund our next venture at Saint Dinette.  Please indicate "STAGE" in the tribute line to ensure 100% of your donation is allocated to our project.



STAGE Welcomes the students of St. Paul Creative Arts Secondary School to produce a Pop-Up, student dinner.  We are currently seeking sponsorship support!  Please email Mark, at for more information.