At Vita Nova, most of the lab takes place in the restaurant itself however there are a few occasions where the students take their skills outside the lab and run a special event.
This gives them a great opportunity to see the small details that go into putting together an event and the great feeling that comes after an event is completed successfully.
Whether it was prepping and cooking the food or serving to our guests, the students were hard at work putting together an unforgettable experience for all.
The ambience was of pure elegance with large round tables and beautiful earth tone colors all throughout the room.
The food was nothing but perfection being plated by the students as each course was served.
Live performances occurred throughout the night from musical groups of the University ranging from vocal groups to string quartets.
Several students taking the restaurant lab have an interest in going in to event planning upon graduation. This includes planning weddings, business meetings, or even large conventions. This event provided a great learning experience and will be extremely beneficial in the students future endeavors.
Vita Nova gives students a large advantage in the professional world regardless if entering the restaurant industry. One key reason students are so successful in finding jobs upon graduation is that they learn the theory in the classroom and get industry experience in the restaurant lab. The Vita Nova restaurant provides an opportunity to learn how to work in a team under pressure and how to manage situations that occur in an operating business. This management experience gives our students an understanding and experience of what its like to work in the real world.
In the United States today, the service industry is the fastest growing and has the most opportunities for graduates. This is why HBM students get great jobs at companies such as Marriott International, Bozzuto Real Estate, Bloomberg, Nordstrom’s and many other restaurant, country club, and Hospitality businesses. The Vita Nova experience prepares them for careers in this industry.
Dr. Sheryl Kline, Chairperson of the HBM department, is a frequent guest to Vita Nova. While sitting down with her, she gave her take on just how amazing Vita Nova is.
Q: Through your dining experience at Vita Nova, briefly describe the atmosphere.
A: The atmosphere of Vita Nova is one that you can find in NYC or LA: Refined elegance. Vita Nova is a beautiful place to celebrate special occasions, meet friends or have meetings while dining.
Q: What do you look forward to the most when dining at Vita Nova?
A: Seeing the students in action. I have had the opportunity to teach many of the Vita Nova students in the Introduction to Hospitality class and when they are working in Vita Nova I see their competence and skill. It makes me so proud of how well they do in the class. And the food is pretty good too.
Q: What is your favorite food made by the UD students?
A: That is not a fair question. I like it all and I find it hard to keep the weight off. But of course I love the Crème Brule, a Vita Nova classic and I am impartial to about everything on the buffet. Since the dinner menu rotates each semester, I have many favorites and cannot pick one.
Q: In your opinion, what is the greatest thing about Vita Nova?
A: Our students. They are the best part of Vita Nova. What makes Vita Nova an outstanding experience is our faculty and staff who create an atmosphere where students can learn while taking excellent care of our customers.
It is clear that Vita Nova has such a positive impact on the students. During their time in the labs, they not only learn the crucial skills to being successful in the industry but also have fun and make friends while doing it.
The students of the Hospitality in Business program at the University of Delaware share their experiences at Vita Nova