Students interested in working in food and beverage management can find certificate programs in food management, culinary arts and hospitality management. Program participants can learn how to prepare food, create food and wine pairings, supervise a kitchen and perform front-of-the-house operations. Read below about the 10 largest Illinois schools with certificate programs in food and beverage management.
College of Lake County
College of Lake County (CLC) of suburban Grayslake, located far north of Chicago, has programs in hospitality and culinary management. The school has a 9,000-square foot kitchen and cooking facility with a dining area. The 35-37-credit hospitality manager certificate program prepares students for careers in advanced management for restaurants, bakeries, catering services and institutional food service. Some of the required courses include menu planning, food service sanitation, culinary arts, purchasing and hospitality leadership. Program participants may opt to complete an internship. CLC also offers an associate's degree program in hospitality and culinary management, which trains graduates for management careers in hospitality, as well as for roles as bakers, chefs and pastry chefs.
DePaul University is a 4-year institution near downtown Chicago that offers a Bachelor of Science in Business in Hospitality Leadership through its Driehaus College of Business. This program includes a concentration in food and beverage management. This 192-credit bachelor's degree program trains students for food and beverage management careers with a focus on leadership skills. While an internship isn't required, students are encouraged to complete a kitchen skills internship during the program. A course in food service management is required, but students can choose from electives such as wine education and management, beverage management and contract food service management.
Elgin Community College
Elgin Community College is located in Elgin, a suburb northwest in Chicago, and offers a restaurant supervisor certificate program. Designed for those interested in food and beverage management, the program teaches participants about advertising, promotion, customer service and cost management. Some of the courses include culinary arts, food service sanitation, beverage management and dining room operations.
Harper College is a community college in northwest suburban Palatine. The college offers a certificate program in food service management that prepares those already employed in the industry for advanced positions. Some of the classes cover leadership, equipment use, menu planning and purchasing. Graduates of the program may be awarded a ManageFirst certificate by the National Restaurant Association's Educational Foundation. Harper also has an associate's degree program in hospitality management that includes an option in food service operations, as well as a certificate program in hotel management.
Joliet Junior College
Joliet Junior College is located southwest of Chicago in Joliet, and offers a 37-credit certificate of achievement in restaurant/foodservice management. The program coursework includes cost and portion management, food preparation and hospitality organizational behavior. A few of the electives also involve classes in catering and special events, understanding wines and restaurant development. An associate's degree program in hospitality management is also available.
Moraine Valley Community College
Moraine Valley Community College can be found in Palos Hills, a suburb of Chicago, and offers beverage management and culinary arts management certificate programs. For students interested in focusing on beverage management, the 18-credit certificate program includes the creation of a hospitality portfolio, along with some classes in food sanitation, menu writing, cost control and beverage management. The culinary arts management certificate program involves 34 credits of coursework with some required offerings in food and beverage purchasing, baking and pastries, and quantity food production. Several of the elective courses include garde manger, supervision and an internship. Students can also earn an associate's degree in restaurant and hotel management or culinary arts management.
Parkland College is located near central Illinois in Champaign and has a certificate program in foodservice with 36 credits of required coursework. The program trains students to work in institutional and commercial foodservice management with some classes in food production, menu design, kitchen management and hospitality accounting. Students must also complete a hospitality field experience. Another program option is the associate's degree in culinary arts management or restaurant management.
Richland Community College
Situated in central Illinois' Decatur is Richland Community College. Richland has a 22-credit certificate program in food service management with classes in bar and beverage management, food service presentation, catering management and customer service. Students must also complete a practicum experience in hospitality. The college's associate's degree program in hospitality management involves many of the same classes as the certificate program.
Southwestern Illinois College
Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) is located in Belleville, and students preparing for employment in food service might be interested in several programs offered at the school. The food service certificate program focuses on general food service, while the food service and management certificate program combines food preparation and managerial skills, and involves a required internship. SWIC also offers an associate's degree program in culinary arts and food management for those interested in becoming chefs and restaurant managers.
West of Chicago in suburban River Grove, Triton College offers a certificate program in beverage management. Students interested in operating a bar, catering company, pub or sports bar could benefit from this program. In addition to learning about wine pairing, participants can become skilled at making various cocktails. To be admitted to the program, students must be at least 21 years old. Upon completion of the program, students earn the Illinois license in Beverage Alcohol Service Sellers Education Training (BASSET), as well as licensure in food safety and sanitation and interventional training. Some of the classes in the program include wine and spirits, knife skills, culinary math, sommelier studies and mixology.
School Comparison Table
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Food and Beverage Management Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|College of Lake County||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Hospitality Manager||$3,948 in-district; $9,212 in-state; $12,236 out-of-state*|
|DePaul University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Business in Hospitality Leadership (Food and Beverage Management)||$39,975*|
|Elgin Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Certificate in Restaurant Supervisor||$3,179 in-district; $10,740 in-state; $11,959 out-of-state*|
|Harper College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Food Service Management||$3,684 in-district; $9,852 in-state; $11,664 out-of-state*|
|Joliet Junior College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Restaurant/ Foodservice Management||$4,380 in-district; $12,360 in-state; $13,140 out-of-state*|
|Moraine Valley Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Culinary Arts Management,
Certificate in Beverage Management
|$4,356 in-district; $9,636 in-state; $11,196 out-of-state*|
|Parkland College||2-year, public; small city||Certificate in Foodservice||$4,920 in-district; $11,100 in-state; $15,870 out-of-state*|
|Richland Community College||2-year, public; small city||Certificate in Food Service Management||$4,410 in-district; $6,060 in-state; $14,490 out-of-state*|
|Southwestern Illinois College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Food Service,
Certificate in Food Service and Management
|$3,660 in-district; $12,240 in-state; $15,870 out-of-state*|
|Triton College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Beverage Management||$4,170 in-district; $10,096 in-state; $12,539 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator