Culinary Clubs and Activities

  • Some of your best memories at IUP will be the ones you make with friends, teachers, and classmates. It's easy to get involved! Check out these things to do:

    Groups to Develop Professional and Leadership Skills

    American Culinary Federation, The Groundhog Chapter 

    American Culinary Federation LogoThe ACF is the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America, and you can join The Groundhog Chapter which meets right on campus at the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts. In this group you will:

    • Learn about the latest culinary trends in presentations by guest speakers and culinary experts
    • Network with industry professionals
    • Gain qualification toward professional certification
    • See culinary demonstrations

    Escoffier Club

    The Escoffier Club is a student-run organization that plans recreational and educational activities for culinary and baking students. Run for election to the club’s executive committee and develop your leadership skills as a club officer. Have a voice in the activities and campus-wide events scheduled for culinary students. Some recent activities include:

    • Party on the patio
    • Pittsburgh Pirates game
    • Strip District shopping and dining trip
    • Chopped-style cooking competition with student and chef teams

    Ice Carving Club

    Ice Carving ClubLearn to carve ice! Experience not necessary—our chef instructors will advise and teach you everything you need to know. 

    • Get hands-on experience—carve at least once a month
    • No additional cost—equipment is provided
    • Great resume enhancer—you’ll develop professional carving skills

    Field Trips

    Visit cultural and culinary landmarks; see for yourself how the finest culinary kitchens work. Recent trips include:

    • Weekend in New York City or Washington D.C.
    • Dining and back of the house tours at Omni Bedford Springs Resort and the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh
    • Chocolate factory tour at Gardners Candies in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.


    Looking to break a sweat (or just have fun)?

    • 24/7 access to Community Fitness Center, free access to students
    • Swimming at indoor and outdoor pools, free access to students
    • Mahoning Shadow Trail for biking, running, and walking
    • Cloe Lake, 27-acre reservoir with picnic areas, a pier, and easy-access shore fishing
    • Basketball—play pick-up games on indoor and outdoor courts
    • Jackson Theater—see first-run movies at a discount or go bowling at Groundhog Lanes
    • Head to the IUP Indiana campus for a wide range of sporting and cultural events (just 40 minutes away)
    • Grab a friend and head to Pittsburgh for the day (two hours away)


    Students enjoying end of semester partyGet out there and meet some new people!

    • Campus barbecues, parties, dances, karaoke nights, game nights, and more
    • Contests- Compete to be the best in Ugly Sweater, Pumpkin Carving, and Talent competitions
    • Participate in “Friendsgiving” or a college youth group
    • Stay connected with our IUP ACA social media groups


    Better your community, make new friends, or just give back on campus and beyond:

    • Participate in campus food drives or volunteer at the local food pantry
    • Maintain the campus herb garden or assist the Punxsutawney Garden Club with projects around town
    • Share your culinary expertise cooking for a local church supper or staffing the high school sports concessions stand
    • Sing some songs and brighten some days at the Mulberry Square Elder Care Center