Help Us Renovate the Vita Nova Kitchen

Vita Nova Kitchen Renovation

Make a gift today to keep the HRIM program strong

In Latin, "vita nova" means "new life" or a new beginning—appropriate since Vita Nova, the University of Delaware's award-winning, student-operated restaurant, is the last applied experience for HRIM majors before beginning a new life in the hospitality business.

Since its establishment in 1996, Vita Nova has provided over 2,500 Lerner hospitality students with invaluable, diverse knowledge of culinary, service and restaurant management in a fine, full-service restaurant by rotating through 17 different positions in the dining room and kitchen.Vita Nova

UD's HRIM major is ranked 4 th among hospitality management programs in the country, according to USA Today, and has had an average job placement rate of 98% the past six years. Vita Nova is consistently ranked among the top 10 restaurants in the region by

These successes are possible with support from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and community members who believe in the program and enjoy dining at Vita Nova.

The Vita Nova facility, which hosts six required and four elective courses and serves over 7,675 guests per year, is now in need of renovations to the kitchen—the heart of the top-ranked HRIM major. Your support will help provide the resources necessary to purchase new hoods, refrigerators and freezers, cooktop stoves, salamander broiler and much more. This renovation will allow Vita Nova and HRIM to remain a leading example among hospitality management programs. Make a gift today to keep the restaurant and HRIM program strong.

Your investment will keep Vita Nova's top rankings and support future HRIM major students as they learn important life-long skills.

Vita Nova offers an award winning lunch buffet Monday through Friday, from 11:30 am, and elegant fine dining Wednesday through Friday, from 5:30 pm. The Bistro offers small plates and a pre-theatre menu Wednesday through Friday, from 5:30 pm as well.

Supported by 32 Donations:

  • Nicholas E.
    May Vita Nova always provide the Hospitality students with the necessary facilities to receive a cutting-edge experience.
  • Meghan  R.
    Meghan R. '98
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous '79
    I Gave $100
    In honor of my friends from Kid Shelleens, Jamie and Heather, who are in the HRIM program...keep up the good work!
  • Marie R.
    Wonderful program with outstanding teachers. I wish you continued success.
  • Silhouette
  • Andrew and Sandra F.
    Vita Nova is a truly remarkable dining experience and a great learning environment.
  • Tricia M.
    I Gave $50
    In honor of Debbie Ellingsworth who gave my kids a phenomenal experience in summer camp
  • Ellen and Gary B.
    I Gave $50
    Vita Nova helps students expand their horizons in a practical and creative learning environment - an experience unmatched and valuable for life.
  • Alexandra N.
    Some of my best memories during my 4 years at UD were at Vita Nova! I learned and experienced so much in the hands on facility.
  • Devin M.
    Devin M. '10
    I Gave $100
  • Guido  I.
    Guido I. '16
    Here's to the future success of a 5 star program and memorable memories to come at Vita Nova!
  • Frederick W.
    Thank you for all the fond memories. Robert "Bobby" Weinstein
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $100
    So happy to help Vita Nova and UD!
  • Erten E.
    I Gave $50
  • Lindsay P.
    I Gave $50
  • Gilbert V.
    I Gave $25
    It is my pleasure to help further a great cause! Dining at Vita Nova was a delightful experience and I wish the school continued success!
  • Bruce W.
    I Gave $100
    Best dining in Delaware
  • Karen S.
    I Gave $25
    Celebrated Son’s 20th Bday there and was 👍 GREAT!
  • Laura & Gary F.
    I Gave $100
    Good luck, Vita Nova! We love you!
  • Cheryl H.
    Thank you Vita Nova!
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $25
  • David A.
    David A. '10
  • Natalie  S.
    Thank you for all the lessons and fun Vita Nova!
  • Tucker L.
    Tucker L. '06
    I Gave $50
  • Alan  E.
    Alan E. '15
    I Gave $100
  • Dan M.
    Dan M. '16
    I Gave $30
    Thank you Vita Nova!
  • Marissa B.
  • Bethany V.
    The opportunity to learn at Vita Nova was unforgettable. From learning to work as a team to cherished friendship it is what makes UD HRIM unique.
  • Silhouette
    Anonymous '08
  • Sean F.
    Sean F. '15
    I Gave $25
    I had such an amazing experience with UD HRIM. I hope the future students have as great a time as I did.