Hospitality students serve up pizza to the workers at the CEC

SUNY Broome’s Hospitality Programs students thanked the many workers who are building the new Culinary and Event Center (CEC) – in a particularly tasty way.

Under the direction of Professor Maria Montemagno, the Hornets catered a pizza luncheon for the many tradespeople turning the historic Carnegie Library into a state-of-the-art center for hospitality education in the heart of downtown Binghamton.

Wearing their CEC jackets, students served up a feast of pizza, salad and cookies, along with beverages. Each table also featured sharp tablecloths, centerpieces with faux candles and thank-you cards, to add a personal touch.

Thank you from the Hospitality students

The $20 million center, which will open for the Spring 2020 semester, features state-of-the-art amenities such as garde manger, production kitchens, a fully equipped beverage lab for mixology classes, a full-dining room, a state-of-the-art lecture hall for cooking demonstrations, high-tech classroom space, and more.

It also preserves many of the aesthetic elements, from the plaster to the painstakingly restored woodwork, a striking skylight, ornate railings, a terrazzo floor with a Grecian key pattern, and two faux fireplaces in the main-floor student lounge.

Learn more about the facility and our Culinary Arts program at

Workers at the CEC enjoy a pizza luncheon

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