Written by Emily Squires | |
The SUNY Broome Culinary and Event Center had its grand opening after a 21 million dollar renovation to the building in downtown Binghamton yesterday. Once the Carnegie Binghamton Public Library, the building now known as the Culinary and Event Center opened to its students this semester. The opening of the building was put on pause in late 2019 due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Students and the public have now had the opportunity to see the major transformation of a historical building into a new school facility.
“We had an amazing grand opening here showcasing our facility; it’s been a year and a half in the making,” says Machael Stamets, the Associate Dean of Hospitality and Culinary Event Center. “We were able to celebrate this amazing facility, the opportunities SUNY Broome gives our students and to celebrate the work our students have put in so far.”
Local to the area Alex Dobell, student of bartending hospitality management says, “it’s been a really great opportunity for a lot of students and even the locals… I mean our building had a projection on it at Binghamton’s LUMA event so that drew a lot of attention.” Another student, Andy Conklin, who graduates from the culinary arts program this semester after two years at Broome says, “we have top notch people and brand new equipment… it’s a profession that is constantly hiring. There’s almost a guarantee that you will get a job as soon as you graduate from here.”
The Culinary and Event Center is taking applications for the spring and fall semester of 2022. There are also workforce development classes being offered to learn more about the hands-on experience. Find out more about the culinary and event management programs on the SUNY Broome website.