LVPAC to Collaborate with Del Valle High School Culinary Arts Program for Concessions at the Bankhead Theater

Published by Roberta Emerson

Contact: Nancy Mueller
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center to Collaborate with Del Valle High School Culinary Arts Program for Concessions at the Bankhead Theater

LIVERMORE, CA – (April 27, 2015) – The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC) announced that it will collaborate with the Del Valle High School Culinary Academy to provide specialty food items for performances and events at the Bankhead Theater. The agreement, which is effective immediately, will have the Del Valle Culinary Arts Program providing a range of items from baked goods, such as scones, cookies, cheesecakes and tarts, to cheese platters, fresh fruit cups, specialty nuts and caramel corn. The items will be delivered once per week and offered in the VIP room, as well as sold in the concessions area of the theater before shows and at intermission.

“The collaboration is a win-win project for both Del Valle and LVPAC and we’re excited to put it into motion,” said Scott Kenison, executive director at LVPAC. “It’s a wonderful example of how LVPAC and the Bankhead Theater can play a role in strengthening our community.” Culinary Arts students will not only be able to advance their culinary skills as they prepare the food items in the catering kitchen at Livermore High, they will have an invaluable opportunity to learn about the business of catering and concessions. Students will take part in planning for quantity cooking, and manage customer service, packaging, presentation, marketing and delivery of their finished product. In addition, the program is a fundraising opportunity that provides resources to support all the classes in the Culinary Arts program.

Dianne Russell, culinary arts instructor at Del Valle Continuation High School, is very enthusiastic about the many ways this specialty foods concessions program fits into the school’s overall goals. “The program is an excellent opportunity for students to put skills they have learned in class into action,” said Russell. Working with the Bankhead will also give students a chance to provide a service and give back to their community. As the relationship between LVPAC and Del Valle expands over time, Russell hopes it may be possible to have students placed into internships at LVPAC to learn more about the theater and its concessions program. “All these aspects ultimately support Del Valle High School’s goal: to help students graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world and give them a positive experience with a sense of accomplishment and pride,” Russell added.

In addition to enhancing the culinary arts program for Del Valle students, LVPAC will benefit by being able to reduce its costs, while offering Bankhead patrons a wider selection of high-quality food products. “Everything will be made locally, not mass manufactured, so the products will not only be fresher, they can be more unique,” said Arthur Barinque, Concessions Manager at LVPAC. According to Barinque, the specialty food concessions program is already in effect with the first deliveries being made this week for performances this weekend. The full transition will be done over time with the goal of having Del Valle Culinary Arts foods available at all events at the Bankhead Theater when the 2015-2016 season begins in September. As the venue approaches its ninth season, other concessions-related changes are also underway. In addition to local wineries, now local breweries and distilleries, including Eight Bridges Brewing, Altamont Beer Works, Working Man Brewing and Sutherland Distilling Company, will be represented in the beverage selection at the Bankhead and drinks from the concession counter may be brought into the theater during events.

Del Valle Continuation High School, located near downtown Livermore, serves more than 150 students within the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. The school offers an individualized and supportive small-learning environment focused on providing graduates with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world. In addition to core curriculum classes, electives are offered in art, digital photography, physical education, computer applications, and culinary arts. The Del Valle Culinary Academy was launched in the 2013-2014 school year.


The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center provides wide-ranging programs that give access to the arts for the Tri-Valley community and beyond. LVPAC Presents offers a diverse variety of exceptional music, dance and theatrical performances at the Bankhead Theater each year. The Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center are home to nine resident performing arts companies and over 40 studio artists and cultural arts instructors. Between them, they have offered more than 500 public activities each year, from classes and workshops, to concerts, festivals and performances, as well as ArtWalk and extensive educational arts outreach. A list of upcoming performances at the Bankhead Theater, as well as activities at the Bothwell Arts Center, is available online at