Student Clubs

Would you like to make the most of your time at Suffolk while broadening your culinary/hospitality experience at the same time? Student clubs offer unique experiences in your field that are selected, designed and carried out by students. Get involved and get ready to grow!

Baking and Pastry Club

The Culinary Arts/Baking and Pastry Club provides additional opportunities to explore the Culinary Arts and Baking/Pastry Industry through activities, field trips, and guest lectures. The club is open to all students at SCCC interested in enrichment through Culinary/Baking Arts.

Recent club activities have included trips to cheese makers, farmers, vineyards, restaurants, and trips to New York City for the International Restaurant Show at Jacob Javits Center followed by a lunch at a Jean Georges restaurant, Mercer Kitchen. The club has also participated in Riverhead’s holiday decorating activities and the Riverhead Country Fair. Guest chefs often visit the club to showcase their talents and share their recipes.

The club has also sponsored student scholarships through student-organized dinners and fundraising activities.


American Culinary Federation

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The ACFELI, INC. was founded by a group of Eastern Long Island chefs for the following purposes:

  1. To promote excellence, education, professionalism and collegiality in the culinary arts.
  2. To provide for education, scholarships, and other charitable purposes related to the culinary arts.
  3. To promote the welfare and prestige of the culinary arts, and of chefs and other culinary professionals and students.
  4. To promote friendship among its members, and a spirit of understanding, helpfulness, and cooperation among all members.
  5. To uphold the practice of ethics in the culinary arts.

The ACFELI is a group of culinary professionals including chefs, cooks, culinary educators, secondary and post-secondary culinary students, culinary enthusiasts and industry members. We gather together to promote great food, sanitation, nutrition and a standard in the culinary industry. We strive to bring to our members the newest trends in the industry, while instilling in our junior members the need to learn the basics of good cooking and baking skills.

Our monthly chapter meetings are based around food preparation and service. The ACFELI provides culinary demonstrations and other cutting edge programming. We, as a chapter, are dedicated to helping our members advance their culinary careers through education and certification. The American Culinary Federation has taken our industry to a higher level and continues to achieve excellence.
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ACFELI-SCCC Knowledge Bowl Team

Join our Knowledge Bowl Team and test your culinary knowledge by competing against other state and regional culinary schools. The team is co-sponsored by SCCC & ACFELI. The student team has been competing at the regional competition for the past eight years including locations in Hershey, PA; Columbus, OH; Niagara Falls & Verona, NY; Providence, RI; Atlanta, GA; and New York City. The team has been regional winners for the past four years which sent the team to the national competition including Orlando, FL (twice); Phoenix, AZ and Kansas City, KS where they won 2 gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal.

The team meets twice weekly for practice sessions at SCCC’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality Center. For more information contact Chef Andrea Glick at

2018 Knowledge Bowl Photo

Knowledge Bowl Group


Hotel, Tourism and Event ManagementHotel Tourism and Event Management Logo

The Hotel, Tourism and Event Management Club is open to any student interested in hotels!

The student-run club focuses on creating real-world hotel visits for students to experience in order to open their minds to all of the possible career paths within one of the fastest growing industries in the country! The focus is on visiting different types of hotel/lodging products that do not exist on Long Island.  

Previously, our club members have planned and organized overnight trips to Mohegan Sun, Woodloch Pines Resort, The Ritz Carlton Westchester, and Montauk Yacht Club.  Day trips have also been organized to Oheka Castle, the NY Marriott Marquis, the Waldorf-Astoria, the Mandarin NY, the New York Palace, the Ritz Carlton Central Park, as well as many others.

The HTEM Club supports the learning outcomes of the Hotel/Resort Management Program as well as provides excellent leadership and personal growth opportunities for Suffolk students.

Hotel Management and Event Tourism



Contact Us

Culinary Arts
Hospitality Center
20 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 548-3700

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Phone: (631) 451-4414
Fax: (631) 451-4415

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.