Spring 2010 |
Culinary arts fans now have a sweet treat in Omaha. MCC´s Institute
for the Culinary Arts will celebrate the grand opening of its
state-of-the-art facility March 22.
The building features top-notch equipment in more than 35,000 square
feet—including seven kitchens, a bakery, a chocolate laboratory, a spacious
conference room and the 65-seat Sage Student Bistro in JoJo´s Dining
Room, where the public can enjoy a fine dining experience centered on
student learning and guest satisfaction.
The grand opening raises the profile of MCC´s growing Culinary Arts
Program, which already draws students from across the country—and world—to
build careers in Nebraska and beyond.
"The facility is the missing part to a great need," said Jim
Trebbien, who has directed the program for 25 years. "No longer will
anyone need to leave the area to get the best in education."
Students and instructors will enjoy the additional space. Last year, the
program enrolled nearly 600 students—more than four times the number of
students in 1991. About 22 percent of today´s students are
"The benefit to the area is enormous," Trebbien said. "We
will attract people from far away to come to Omaha and to stay and work
- Sage Student Bistro in JoJo´s Dining Room: The public can enjoy
excellent student-prepared meals in this elegant setting from 6–8:30
p.m., Monday to Thursday during the quarter. Diners can choose from a set
menu or from student prix fix four-course meals that change throughout the
- Environment: Environmentally friendly building practices were used in
accordance with LEED certification requirements and to create healthier
work and living enviroments. One unique component: An underground tank
stores rainwater from the roof to irrigate the surrounding lawn.
- Capacity: With the new building, the program´s capacity expands
to serve 1,000 students—350 more than previously.
- Demonstration kitchen: A Food Network-style culinary theater allows
students to show their skills in front of an audience or for local TV
- Oven: A gigantic combo oven can grill up to 200 steaks at once.
- Gifts: About $2.6 million in private donations helped fund the
building. Substantial gifts came from the Pegler Family Foundation and the
Merle and Joy Swanson Fund at the Omaha Community Foundation.