Massanutten Technical Center opens up bistro to the public

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The MTC Bistro is a new bistro open to the public that is run by the culinary students at Massanutten Technical Center.

They have a salad bar, soup, bread, entree and dessert available.

Over the summer, the kitchen got a complete overhaul. Chris Dalton, the assistant director for MTC, said the kitchen had not been changed since the 1970's.

"They were bumping into each other in the past because it was so cramped," said Dalton.

Tara Roberts, the culinary instructor, said the new renovation has made a huge difference.

"It's beautiful as you can see," Roberts said, gesturing to the space. "It's really open and the kids really enjoy being able to work in this space."

The culinary program decided that with the extra work space, they would have an opportunity to open a bistro. They make everything in-house, and students spend the mornings prepping the food. Then they serve it and clean it up.

"This gives them a real life application to what they are learning in the class," said Roberts.

The menu consists of a salad bar, soup, bread, entree and dessert for a small cost. The bistro is open to the public from Wednesday to Friday from 11:15 to 12:15. The menu can be found here.

It is important to check the menu because some days are to-go only, or the bistro could be closed, depending on the school's schedule.

"It's also exposing them to a lot of different foods and cultures they probably haven't experienced before, so they get to try new foods. They get to make new things," said Roberts.

They serve all different kinds of cuisines.

The space is also open to having group meetings with catering services. For anyone interested in using the space and having an event catered, call 540-434-5961 and ask for Chris.