Shane Oporto, the Executive Chef of STAGE Culinary is poised to present his second tasting dinner at the beautiful Lafayette Club on Lake Minnetonka. This immersive 15-Course Tasting Menu will be in support of STAGE Culinary, a student culinary arts project. Join us on March 19th to learn about the incredible story of STAGE Culinary, and it's vision for culinary arts education. In our second year of offering this dinner with the Lafayette Club we are thrilled to share the growth of this remarkable educational tool and elaborate on the future of culinary and entrepreneurial arts through Stage.   An evening hosted by Co-Founders of Stage Culinary, Mark Rivard and Chef Shane Oporto with the support of Lafayette Club Food and Beverage Director Jake Hawley, we look forward to an inspiring conversation. Guests will enjoy wine pairings, and a journey through culinary excellence. This is a commutative dining experience. Guest Chefs, former Rivard Art Education student Stosh Karney, and Stage service professional Sarah McDonough, will be on hand to share their own stories. We encourage productive and inspiring conversation and can't wait share our story with you.  The Teaser....  Amuse (first bite)  1) Scallops  2) Fish crudo  3) Peas  4) Carabineros Prawns  5) Grilled Crab  6) Cabbage  7) Fish Collars  8) Lamb Tartar  9) Squab  10) Butternut squash  11) Aged beef  12) Intermezzo  13) Cheese  14) Dessert

Shane Oporto, the Executive Chef of STAGE Culinary is poised to present his second tasting dinner at the beautiful Lafayette Club on Lake Minnetonka. This immersive 15-Course Tasting Menu will be in support of STAGE Culinary, a student culinary arts project. Join us on March 19th to learn about the incredible story of STAGE Culinary, and it's vision for culinary arts education. In our second year of offering this dinner with the Lafayette Club we are thrilled to share the growth of this remarkable educational tool and elaborate on the future of culinary and entrepreneurial arts through Stage.

An evening hosted by Co-Founders of Stage Culinary, Mark Rivard and Chef Shane Oporto with the support of Lafayette Club Food and Beverage Director Jake Hawley, we look forward to an inspiring conversation. Guests will enjoy wine pairings, and a journey through culinary excellence. This is a commutative dining experience. Guest Chefs, former Rivard Art Education student Stosh Karney, and Stage service professional Sarah McDonough, will be on hand to share their own stories. We encourage productive and inspiring conversation and can't wait share our story with you.

The Teaser....

Amuse (first bite)

1) Scallops

2) Fish crudo

3) Peas

4) Carabineros Prawns

5) Grilled Crab

6) Cabbage

7) Fish Collars

8) Lamb Tartar

9) Squab

10) Butternut squash

11) Aged beef

12) Intermezzo

13) Cheese

14) Dessert

WE NEED SUPPORT.

Taking 16 high school students on a 9 week culinary journey is no easy task.  We need outside support to fund the total budget necessary to create this project.  The majority of a STAGE Culinary project is funded by the support of the public and through generous partnerships, sponsors, and supporters.  This is education at the next level and is truly a gift to our public school students.

“When I dreamed up Rivard Art Education & STAGE Culinary I wanted to make a difference in the way our kids experience education.  I wanted to prove that no idea was to big, and no goal was too insurmountable.” - Mark Rivard, Founder and Creator STAGE Culinary/Rivard Art LLC.  It is with that spirit that we seek financial support for our students and the schools that share our ambition in giving these kids honest, rewarding, and enriching projects that build our communities future professionals and leaders.  This is experiential learning at it’s very best.  We aim to create meaningful partnerships through sponsorships that not only create opportunities for our students, but highlight tangible, real interactions with our supporters and guests.  We seek your involvement as much as we need financial support! 

There are numerous levels of support, sponsorship, and partnership.  Please contact Mark Rivard directly at RivardArt@Gmail.com, or 612-599-9756 to set up a brainstorming conversation about how we can build an outstanding partnership through your generous support.

LET’S GET INVOLVED!