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Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

SUNY Niagara welcomes community leaders to annual event

By News Archive

February 26, 2020

SUNY Niagara will welcome community representatives from business, education, religious groups, non-profit organizations, and legislative leaders to a luncheon at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) on Thursday, March 12th. This event will feature presentations from various areas of the college, highlighting SUNY and college advocacy initiatives, as well as developments at SUNY Niagara. Updates from Academic Affairs, Workforce Development, the Niagara Small Business Development Center, Grants, and a Strategic Plan overview will be presented by faculty and staff of SUNY Niagara.

In addition to college representatives, attendees will hear from Katie and Nick Graves of Craft Coffee House in Pendleton. The couple, both SUNY Niagara graduates, will share their experience as former students and now community partners. The Leadership Luncheon is the third annual event of this nature, an initiative that started under President William J. Murabito, Ph.D.

Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220

NFCI Youth Camp Instructor Jesse Dejac

Culinary fun for chefs of all ages at NFCI

By News Archive

February 11, 2020

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is a well-known spot for budding chefs to hone their culinary skills, and community education classes offer opportunities for even the youngest of kitchen connoisseurs.  In addition to traditional degree and certificate programs, NFCI offers a healthy list of one-time classes for the public to enjoy.

For adults, classes are offered in the evenings, each showcasing a different theme.  From scratch ravioli to cupcake decorating, the lineup of offerings is sure to please every palate.  Community education classes are popular for date nights, team-building exercises for companies, and for those who just enjoy cooking as a hobby.  Don’t see a class that suits you, or interested in setting up a culinary competition between your friends?  NFCI instructors are able to customize a private class to satisfy any appetite!

For those aged 8-17, NFCI offers multiple youth camps in the summer to educate and inspire young chefs.  Kids are able to explore food in a fun way both in a team and individually while using professional tools and techniques used by real chefs.  The best part is that students can even take home some of the food for their parents to try!

Registration for youth camps and adult community education classes is now open.  To see what’s cooking at NFCI and to reserve your spot, visit today!

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute

NFCI completes successful active shooter drill

By News Archive

January 8, 2020

An active shooter response drill was conducted at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  Under the direction of the Niagara Falls Police Department, the drill was conducted during non-operational hours.

The drill was conducted to test the emergency phone notification system (RAVE system) as well as the response from the SUNY Niagara Public Safety Department.  As part of the drill, the College collaborated with other first responders, including the Niagara Falls Police Department and the Niagara Falls Fire Department.  Participants were asked for their input regarding any necessary safety enhancements and training recommendations.

This event is part of continuing training to improve safety on campus, and plans are in place to invest in additional security features in the coming months.  A similar drill was conducted on the Sanborn campus of SUNY Niagara on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Chef Scott Steiner

Local Chef from Culinary Institute Wins National Educator of the Year

By News Archive

August 9, 2019

Chef Scott Steiner, Assistant Professor and Culinary Arts Program Coordinator at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) was awarded the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Chef Educator of the Year Award at the ACF Conference in Orlando.  Chef Steiner competed against three other chefs from different regions across the country in a live-action demonstration at the annual conference.  The American Culinary Federation is the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America.

Steiner, of Lockport, NY, advanced to the national challenge after winning the ACF Northeast Regional Chef Educator of the Year Award in March held at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.  The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is a division of SUNY Niagara.

Chef Steiner has been a faculty member at NFCI since the building opened in August 2012, and was instrumental in getting the culinary arts program accredited by the ACF.  Chef Steiner has mentored many students during his career, helping them to receive substantial scholarships, and ultimately putting them on a successful path to become professional chefs themselves.

Chef Steiner began his culinary journey as a student at Emerson Vocational High School in Buffalo and continued his education at SUNY College at Buffalo receiving a B.S. in Career and Technical Education and an M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies.  As an educator, he is always looking for ways to update the curriculum and keeping courses relevant and current.  Most recently, Chef Steiner has been assisting in the transition of Savor Restaurant, the fine dining establishment at NFCI, to a full academic operation opening in October 2019.