The FVCC culinary program has a pop-up restaurant in April

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KALISPELL – Seniors in the Culinary Program at Flathead Valley Community College have created a pop-up Italian restaurant to provide a unique dining experience in the Valley.

Divina Trattoria has the take-out option, where customers can dine in and watch their food being prepared with a full view of the kitchen.

Each year, in a capstone project, students build a business from start to finish, including name, type of food, business plan, and marketing strategies.

“We really fell in love with Italian food and it’s something we all connected to because Italian culture is so focused on the experience and people really enjoying food and that’s what we are. We like to share this experience. We love watching people enjoy their food,” said Kyran Neer, Marketing Director and Pastry Chef of Divina Trattoria.

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The aim of the restaurant is to have the students apply all the lessons they have learned, technically, from a culinary point of view while integrating the commercial aspects.

“Obviously we love food, but developing those minds and skills is really, really fun and rewarding,” said chef Manda Hudak, program director of the Culinary Institute of Montana.

The student will present the final numbers and results to the local business community to see if the business would thrive in the real world. But while the restaurant is open, it’s all about the chefs’ food.

“Our biggest thing, I think, is sharing love through food and spreading that love throughout the Valley,” said Divina Trattoria Executive Sous Chef Avery George.

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Divina Trattoria will be open Wednesday through Friday in April from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the FVCC Arts and Technology Building.

As part of their business plan, students use compostable and recyclable packaging.

In an effort to help the FVCC Food Pantry, they are setting up “Cookie for a Can” where diners who bring non-perishable food will receive a free chocolate chip cookie.

“They’re going to fail a bit but those are the things they’re going to learn. And I think those are the lessons that really stick with you. So this is a really special opportunity for them to leverage their vision values ​​and mission statement throughout,” Chief Hudak said.

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Seniors from the FVCC Culinary Program have created a pop-up Italian restaurant to provide a unique dining experience.

Inspiration comes from different places for George and Neer, but their love of food and sharing that love with their customers is important to both of them.

“Seeing all the guests we bring, we’ve seen how excited they are to see them smile and see how food can just make someone happy, make a day and change someone’s life honestly” , Neer said.

Divina Trattoria will be open Wednesday through Friday in April from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the FVCC Arts and Technology Building.

“Let them learn through your experience. And you know, as they say, love through food. Enjoy. Bon appetit,” said Chef Hudak.

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