A History of Tri–Omega
“All things worthwhile, move the appetite.”
The Culinary Association Metro (CAM), founded by Chef Kathleen Koesters and Jim Trebbien, was started in 1999. The goal of CAM was to provide educational and social opportunities, through local and school events to its members as well as leadership opportunities for students. In 2004 CAM changed its name to Tri–Omega, under the leadership of Chef Brian O’Malley. Brian O'Malley was ultimately responsible for creating the first incarnation of Metro's Culinary Competition team through Tri-Omega Competition club. In 2004 Tri-Omega had 25 active members and through the years has expanded, and as of 2009 Tri-Omega had expanded to 75 members and 6 officers. With increased enrollment in Metro's Culinary program the organization has been holding a strong and steady level of participation to this day.
Some of the staple events that Tri-Omega either puts on or participates in include: The yearly Pow-wow held at Fort campus, Hall of Fame, Graduation Ceremonies, Iron Chef Metro, The Harvest Moon Festival at Santa's Farm in Blair, NE, a yearly trip to the National Restaurant Association Conference (NRA), in Chicago, various tours of Nebraska farms, such as Plum Creek and T.D. Niche pork farms, as well as various other social functions, parties, and fund-raising opportunities.
Tri-Omega is open to any culinary student currently enrolled at Metropolitan Community College and brings an opportunity to make connections with fellow students, faculty, and local chefs through an eclectic array of volunteer opportunities.