Vita Nova is proud to announce another partnership with the University Art Department for this semesters Bistro Art. You can find this art, as well as several other fantastic pieces, in the Bistro room attached to Vita Nova. This semester the talented Emily Tucci has graced us with her works of art.
Emily Tucci is a Fine Arts major at the University of Delaware. Only just a Junior in her undergraduate studies, the Vita Nova team is happy to feature her artwork before she matriculates and becomes a Superstar.
Emily believes that art is interdisciplinary, and much like a restaurant, good art comes from collaboration.
Emily is not so different from many of the Vita Nova students, as her dream job is to work for Disney. She has recently been accepted into the Disney Internship program, and will join many of the hospitality students down in Florida this fall.
Emily is also an avid wildlife conservationist, and uses her passion in her artwork. She often shows singular animals in her artwork and uses different natural resources to show the vulnerable and delicate nature of the animals she wants to help protect.
Emily likes to cook and bake in her spare time, furthering the feeling that she is part of the Vita Nova family. We liked the sound of her vegan baked goods so much that we requested some recipes!
If you are as in love with Emily's art as the Vita Nova team is, please visit her website: www.emilytucci.com or follow her store on Facebook: e.tucciFineArt. Part of her proceeds on each sale go to supporting Wildlife Conservation. Emily's art will be on display at the Vita Nova Bistro all semester if you want to come see it for yourself! A special thank you to Emily for sharing her life's work with Vita Nova!
Clamoring of pots and pans, the sizzle of sauteed food, the clinking of silverware, and the thumping of moving chairs are just some of the sounds heard at Vita Nova. These are the sounds of the student team getting ready for their first night open at Vita Nova. As Charles Dickens once said, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Nerves run rampant, and students feel the flutter of butterflies in their stomach. As the time grows nearer for guests to arrive, you notice a sense of calm among the students; they have been training their entire college career for this and they are ready.
All last week the new students of Vita Nova have been training for this moment. This is the moment that their preparation becomes a reality.
Their day starts around 3pm. Many come from a full day of classes, or a busy day at work. They file in and sit for their pre-shift meeting.
Demos are given and the stakes are high.
The food is prepped and the tables are set. It is time to eat as a group before the guests arrive. The Sous Chef for the day prepares a "family" dinner for the students. The students talk about their nerves and their day.
As soon as their dinner is done, they go to their assigned positions for the evening and wait for the guests to arrive. The students are calm, precise, and ready to give each guest the best experience possible. The stakes are high, and you might say that our students must always feel the pressure, but at the end of the day they are all just "living la Vita Nova".
It is that time of year again! Vita Nova is gearing up to bring you the best dishes in Delaware! Every new semester brings a new group of eager students to the Student run restaurant, and a select few students from last semester will return to become Aramark Scholar interns. These interns will guide the new students in learning the ropes of the restaurant business! If you see a Scholar around the restaurant, make sure to say "Hello!".
Dinner Lab Vita Nova Aramark Scholars Spotlight: Spring 2016
Dining Room Scholar
Plans after Graduation: Mike will start as an entry-level manager at a business right here in Delaware!
Fun Fact: Mike wants to run his own restaurant one day!
Dining Room Scholar
Hometown: New York
Plans after Graduation: Sam will work as a Global Customer Representative with Bloomberg.
Fun Fact: Sam stays very active on campus, and has been the President of The Hospitality Club for two years!
Hometown: New Jersey
Plans after Graduation: Alison will attend the Culinary Institute of America in the Summer.
Fun Fact: Alison wants to co-own a restaurant with our front-of-house scholar Mike!
Plans after Graduation: Bobby believes that the world is his oyster! His future plans include traveling and choosing a career that he truly enjoys!
Fun Fact: Bobby is an active member of the Club Lacrosse team on campus.
The students of the Hospitality in Business program at the University of Delaware share their experiences at Vita Nova