The Cowpie Café is Warren Wilson College’s student-initiated, student-run, vegetarian, sustainable dining option. Crew members are responsible for all aspects of food service including menu planning, food preparation, cooking, presentation, and clean up. General enthusiasm, the ability to work in fast-paced energetic environment, as well as a genuine interest in vegetarian and vegan sustainable food sources is a plus. The cafe serves lunch and dinner Monday-Thursday, lunch on Friday’s and dinner on Sundays. All crew members have Saturday’s off!

I’ve never met a group of people so dedicated to making high quality food for every kind of diet!

Devon Ryan

Cowpie is a place where I can be creative and have fun, all while contributing a key part to campus life by serving delicious-healthy food!

Emily Lehman-Rios

I have worked in the restaurant business for over 2 decades now, and running Cowpie is a dream come true. It’s a place I’m proud to work, with the majority of the produce coming directly from the College Garden, making everything from scratch, and upholding sustainable food practices. Working with the students, I am inspired to always keep learning in an ever-changing environment.

Meghan Tucker, Cowpie Crew Supervisor and Head Chef

Learning Outcomes

You’ll spend years working alongside your peers and mentored by supervisors. Part of the experience of work at Warren Wilson is guided critical reflection, which helps ensure that you achieve both your own educational goals as well as our Common Learning Outcomes. These intentional learning outcomes distinguish our work program, giving it focus and relevancy that set it apart from federal work study or your average part-time job. Specifically, our Common Learning Outcomes are:

  • Dependability: reliability, accountability, and the ability to successfully manage your time
  • Integrity: trustworthiness and respect for transparent honesty
  • Initiative: self-control, the ability to evaluate situations, and motivation to carry out responsibilities
  • Analytical Thinking: working with available resources to creatively address issues and solve problems
  • Communication: the ability to convey information effectively and build community with others
  • Collaboration: collaborate with peers to achieve common goals
  • Appreciation of the Value of All Work: an understanding of your place in the working world, and a respect for the dignity of all work

Learning and Performance Goals

In addition to our Common Learning Outcomes, each crew in the Work Program identifies crew-specific goals for learning and performance. These are reviewed with you each semester. The Learning and Performance Goals outline skills and abilities the supervisor will teach during the semester.