Student-Prepared Dining

Student-Prepared Dining Options

Central Piedmont has two student-prepared dining options: the upscale Greenway Restaurant on Central Campus and the Aspire Bakery and Bistro on Harris Campus. Come support our students and enjoy their talents.

Greenway Restaurant

If you’re looking for more upscale fare, we encourage you to visit the Greenway, where Central Piedmont culinary and hospitality students will prepare and serve you a contemporary three-course lunch in a full-service, professional setting.

  • About the Greenway Restaurant

    Central Piedmont's reservation-only Greenway Restaurant opened February 2012 in the Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center on our Central Campus. While the venue’s hours of operation are limited to accommodate our culinary students’ academic schedules, you will not be disappointed with its quality or customer service.

  • Greenway Restaurant Menu

    For just $15 (plus tax payable by credit card or debit card only), you can enjoy our three-course contemporary lunch. Our menus vary based on the different culinary classes our current Greenway students have as part of their studies. Reservations required.

  • Greenway Restaurant Hours and Reservations

    Greenway's hours of operation are limited to accommodate our culinary students’ academic schedules. Greenway is open for lunch on the following dates, with seating available at 11:30 a.m. and noon. Please limit your reservation to one table per semester. Guests should expect to be in the dining room for a minimum of one hour.

    Fall 2021 Lunch Service

    All November lunch service dates are sold out.

  • Greenway Restaurant Reservation Policy

    • Please do not consider your reservation confirmed until you receive a confirmation email.
    • Note that we have limited tables available, and they do fill up very quickly. Please limit your reservation to one table per semester. If there is a double booking, the second reservation will be cancelled.
    • As a courtesy to our students, please arrive on time for your reservation – learning how to promptly prepare and serve is part of their classroom experience.
    • We are able to accept payment with credit or debit cards only (VISA, MasterCard, American Express).
    • We do not have booster seats or highchairs.
    • Food cannot be packaged for carryout.
    • If you need to cancel your reservation, please email within 48 hours.
    • Late or incomplete parties may not be able to be seated.
    • Central Piedmont is a culinary training facility and therefore uses ingredients in foods that may cause or irritate food allergies. Central Piedmont cannot identify or guarantee allergens in the food served. Customers concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. Central Piedmont cannot assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come in contact with while eating at any Central Piedmont facility or catered event.
  • Greenway Restaurant Location and Parking

    The Greenway Restaurant is located on Central Campus at the corner of North Kings Drive and 7th Street. Address:

    Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center
    Central Piedmont Central Campus
    425 North Kings Drive, Charlotte

    Parking is complimentary. Headed east on North Kings Drive; parking is available right after you cross Elizabeth Avenue. Turn right when you see the sign: “Visitor Parking Lot 31, Greenway Restaurant, Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center.” This turn is before you reach Armory Drive.

Aspire Bakery and Bistro

Aspire is a self-supported Baking & Pastry Arts student life project. All proceeds benefit the purchasing of goods or supplies, student scholarship opportunities, student activities, and extracurricular educational opportunities.

  • About Aspire Bakery and Bistro

    Aspire is also a work-based learning opportunity for any student currently enrolled in the Baking & Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, or Hospitality Management programs. Students have an opportunity to gain experiences and learn skills that will enhance their development moving into the industry upon graduation. Aspire focuses on high production, time management, detail orientation, exemplary customer service skills, and more.

    • Location: Harris Campus
    • Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Aspire Bakery and Bistro Menu

    Aspire features artisan style breakfast pastries, freshly brewed daily coffees, handcrafted salads, and gourmet sandwiches on artisan style breads. It also boasts an assortment of baked goods and desserts. All food is produced in-house and baked fresh daily by Aspire’s work-based learning students. Aspire implements a new menu every two weeks to offer a great variety to guests. An updated Aspire Bakery and Bistro menu is available on Facebook.  Aspire also offers on-campus catering or pick-up catering for small groups. Contact Sandy Birmingham at for more catering information.

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