The Keeter Center | Hotel, Dining, & Event Space | Branson MO

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From the moment you drive through the "gates of opportunity" at College of the Ozarks, you will be welcomed to Branson, Missouri's best-loved destination situated in the natural landscape of the Ozark Mountain Region. Enjoy the picturesque scenery from Dobyns Dining Room, an award-winning restaurant featuring American fine dining cuisine and world-class service from students at College of the Ozarks. Complete your experience by immersing yourself in all that College of the Ozarks has to offer by visiting for the day or staying in the Mabee Lodge, Branson's finest hotel accommodations. With a myriad of shops, baked goods, ice cream, and historic sites, College of the Ozarks is sure to be a place that creates memories to cherish for years to come.

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The ideal gift for any occasion.

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Tripadvisor 2023 Travelers Choice Award
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2023 Convention South Readers Choice Award
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2023 Best of 417 Magazine

The College of the Ozarks is a religious, non-profit, educational institution. The Vision of College of the Ozarks is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working and patriotic. The College focuses on developing young men and women in accordance with biblical teaching, including traditional notions of family, marriage, and sexuality. In keeping with the College’s Vision, Mission, and Goals, all events and the conduct of patrons must reflect the expectations of the College as expressed in this paragraph, in the College Catalog, and in the faculty, staff, and student handbooks. The College reserves the right to prohibit events and not extend services to persons or groups that are inconsistent with the College’s beliefs and expectations. Though the College will not deviate from its stated position, this provision is not intended to, and will not be used as a way to, exclude or discriminate against persons or groups that are legally protected under state and federal laws as those laws are applicable to the College.   

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, pet-free facility, as well as a learning laboratory of the College’s educational program, and is operated under the same Vision, Mission, Goals, and expectations as the College.

Chef Stricklin prepares a plate.

Cooking Class with Chef

Enjoy a culinary-filled weekend with award-winning Chef Robert Stricklin learning recipes that feature American cuisine.

Discover the Art of Farm to Fork Cuisine

Indulge in a weekend of culinary delight at the Farm to Fork Cooking School, hosted at the esteemed Keeter Center. Led by the renowned Executive Chef Robert Stricklin, immerse yourself in the art of American farm to table fine dining as you learn new techniques and savor unique dishes.

Weekends Available:

  • May 31st - June 2nd (SOLD OUT)
  • June 7th - 9th (SOLD OUT)

Your Package Includes:

Suite Accommodations for Two at Mabee Lodge for Friday and Saturday nights.

Friday Evening: Dinner for Two at Dobyns Dining Room in The Keeter Center (per reservation).

Saturday Morning:

  • 7:15 am Continental Breakfast by the Fireplace.
  • 7:45 am Group Photo Opportunity with Chef Stricklin.
  • 8:00 am Campus Tour featuring Edwards Mill and the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen.
  • 9:00 am – Noon: Hands-On Cooking Class in the Culinary Kitchen.

Cooking Class Menu:

  • Pickling Demonstration
  • Tuscan White Bean and Tomato Salad with Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Basil Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Marinated Pork Chop with Bacon Fig Peach Pepper Jelly
  • Pistachio Manchego Polenta, and Charred Broccolini
  • Blood Orange Upside-down Cornmeal Cake with Hibiscus Syrup

Served with house-made dinner rolls, water, tea, and coffee service.

Noon - 1:30 pm: Enjoy the fruits of your labor as you indulge in the prepared meal.

Saturday Afternoon and Evening Free Time: Explore the campus's many attractions, including complimentary tickets for two to the Ralph Foster Museum.

Sunday:

  • 10:30 am Sunday Brunch for Two at Dobyns Dining Room at The Keeter Center.
  • Late Checkout at Noon.

Price: $1,250 per couple

Note: A detailed agenda will be provided before your arrival. Closed-toe shoes are required for the cooking class.

Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your culinary skills and relish a weekend filled with delectable flavors and unforgettable experiences. Reserve your spot today!