The culinary arts classroom at Massanutten Technical Center was in need of a revamp. The existing classroom was built in 1972 and according to MTC Director Kevin Hutton “It just wasn’t up to date with where it needed to be.” He worked with his staff to develop a revised layout to meet the needs of today’s culinary arts curriculum. He then gave us a call to work with the school to develop a construction plan. We did a code review of the plan, made a few modifications, evaluated the removal of the existing wall, and developed permit plans for their construction use.
The culinary arts program has 50 students. There are 30 first-year students and 20 in their second year. The Bistro at MTC will reopen to the public in February of this year. The students and instructor, Tara Roberts work together to develop a menu that is feasible and works within their budget. The students prepare the meals, find out more about the menu on the MTC website.
The bistro serves lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays. Kevin Hutton says the renovation took a 70’s kitchen to a state of the art facility. The space is available for rental as a kitchen and banquet room. “It’s totally open to the community,” Hutton said. “We’re making it a place that you can reserve and we can provide the catering for events.”