TC3 students will open Ithaca restaurant; "Farm to Bistro" project

By Sam Gaddes
By Kelly McCarthy

TC3 students will open Ithaca restaurant; "Farm to Bistro" project

February 12, 2014 Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM EST

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A college curriculum is working to create a new restaurant in Ithaca, providing everything from the food on the table to the management and staff.

Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) announced their plans to open a student-driven restaurant on South Cayuga Street called Coltivare, meaning "cultivate" in Italian.

The restaurant will combine several degree programs to get the food from the farm to table.

"What makes it unique is a continuum of the farming program together with the other programs," said TC3 president Carl Haynes. "There are some other culinary programs, one or two other wine programs, but none have the whole spectrum of curriculum that we have, that we are offering here."

Students in certain degree programs will highlight the wine, brewing and agricultural production that drives Tompkins county's economy.

"Education is the bedrock of our community," said Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick. "Bringing that into the heart of the city, pairing it with the other things we do well, food and wine, and inviting other people to participate in what is to often a closed environment, that is the university and college systems, is going to be a great thing for our community."

The entire capital project is $6.5 million. That includes two site facilities, the restaurant in Ithaca and the farm site on TC3's Dryden campus.

Construction of the restaurant will begin in March and is expected to open in time for the 2014 fall semester.

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