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Nov 28, 2012
11:36 AM

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is Open

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is Open

Julia Burke

The new facility for Niagara County Community College’s culinary school, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), has opened in a portion of the former Rainbow Mall in Niagara Falls, with 400 students and a state-of-the-art facility with seven teaching kitchens, three restaurants, and a wine boutique.

Students taste the fruits of their labor in one of NFCI's teaching kitchens.


The school has moved its culinary and hospitality programs to the new facility as well as many core education classes, so the location is bustling with energy. The three restaurants housed at the school––a New York-style deli, a patisserie, and a fine dining restaurant, have been doing steady business this fall, says Mark Mistriner, C.E.C., Business & Hospitality Division Chair.  “We looked at many prominent culinary schools and noticed that they’re either heavy on classes and light on retail, or vice versa, and we looked for a balance between the two,” he explains. “First years can work in the café and deli and get exposure to quick service. And in addition to our wine boutique (selling all New York State wine) we have vines growing at Freedom Run Winery in Lockport, which will eventually become our private label wine to be served in the restaurant.”

A table at Savor, the Institute's fine dining restaurant.

The Institute will offer programs in culinary arts; baking and pastry arts; gaming and casino management; hospitality; restaurant management; tourism management and event planning; and winery operations. Students interested in pursuing a degree from NFCI should visit; for other visitors, the Institute’s fine dining restaurant, Savor, is particularly lovely and worth a trip, with a swank yet cozy feel thanks to intimate walled sections facing an open kitchen. It’s open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. The deli and patisserie are also open daily serving lunch fare, coffee, and snacks.

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