LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College has signed a contract to house its Culinary Arts,Restaurant Management/Pastry Arts programs at the historic Canterbury Shaker Village. The Canterbury facility is expected to be fully operational in time for the start of the college's fall semester.
For many years the Culinary Arts program and student-staffed Food For Thought Cafe was housed on the fourth floor of the historic Belmont Mill, about five miles south of campus, but issues with safety of the flooring at that level made it necessary for the school to leave that space during the spring term. Temporary quarters were found at the Huot Regional Technical Education Center Laconia High School and at Concord High School.
LRCC announced yesterday that it will take over the restaurant and banquet areas on four floors at Shaker Village, adding significantly to the space needed to run the hospitality programs that have been so successful over the past few years.
Canterbury Shaker Village Executive Director Funi Burdick said she is elated to be working with the college. "Canterbury Shaker Village and LRCC have a shared educational mission," she said. "Starting this fall, we are looking forward to integrating the Culinary Arts programs, faculty and students into the village's onsite events, workshops and visitor experience."
LRCC's Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dr. Larissa Baia, was equally enthusiastic. "With the additional space, our hospitality programs can continue expanding exponentially," she said. "The time is right in both organizations evolution and growth for a collaborative partnership like this and we are looking forward to realizing its potential."
CAPTION: LRCC Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. Larissa Baia (left) converses with Canterbury Shaker Village Executive Director Funi Burdick during a tour of the historic Shaker Village property on July 25. (Courtesy photo)