Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

About Vita Nova

Your evening at Vita Nova begins with an appetizer, specialty breads, wine samples, and signature salad. Entree selection from our menu will determine the Style of Service that you will receive. Choices for Russian or French table service require a minimum of two or more individuals at the table selecting the same entree. (American Service does not require a minimum number of orders.) Our wine list offers a variety of American, Australian, and European wines. Many of our wines can be purchased bythe glass. As an appropriate finale to the evening, your service team will present a selection of sumptuous desserts. We also have a variety of specialty coffees and after-dinner cordials to complete your dining experience.

All of us in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management are pleased to serve you. We are delighted that you are taking the time to visit our student-operated dining room and take part in a complex and exciting educational concept. The details involved in the operation of Vita Nova are structured to give our students the opportunity to provide you the finest food, service and ambiance possible. Our faculty and students give special thanks to the generous contributors and the University community who have made this adventure into the world of work and opportunity possible.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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