50 FORKS : an OC Hidden Gem

50 Forks will delight, excite and satisfy you.

The Art Institute of California — Orange County’s student-run restaurant, is a California bistro that draws inspiration from culinary regions across America. Students demonstrate the skills they’ve learned through The Art Institute of California — Orange County’s culinary arts program and apply their experience in our real-world restaurant environment. The restaurant is a final passage prior to graduation for final-quarter culinary arts students.

Before they graduate, The Art Institute’s Culinary Arts students are required to run all facets of a fully-operational restaurant that’s open to the public. The restaurant is under the direction of two professional chef instructors. The chef faculty oversee every menu selection and overall food quality, temperature and timing as well as the front-of-the-house restaurant operation from customer service and traffic flow to menu pricing and managing the P & L.

50 Forks accommodates more than 50 guests in a casual, stylish setting within The Art Institute campus on Sunflower Avenue, in Santa Ana. The restaurant features comfy chairs, natural light, a fully-equipped professional exhibition kitchen where guests can view students at work and a 20-foot culinary arts mural painted by local artist Jan Le Doux.

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Note: they are not open every day, and closed when school is not in session.

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