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Lobdell's menu

Appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrées to tempt your taste buds.

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Four training kitchens and an adjacent conference center are among the features of NMC's culinary school.

Lobdell's: A Teaching Restaurant

Enjoy one of the region's finest bayside dining experiences by visiting Lobdell's, a 90-seat restaurant overlooking beautiful Grand Traverse Bay and named in honor of longtime NMC supporters Wayne and Terry Lobdell. Your support is appreciated.

Located at the Great Lakes Campus, Lobdell's serves as a working laboratory for the Great Lakes Culinary Institute's culinary and baking students. Lobdell's is open to the public for lunches, dinners, cocktail hours, special events and morning coffee and sweets in the fall, spring and summer semesters. 

Fall 2023 Events

Cocktails and Charcuterie

Students' knowledge will be tested as they learn experientially during the Cocktails and Charcuterie series. Sip on small batch cocktails and mocktails served by the Beverage Management class while enjoying sharable appetizers crafted by the Garde Manger students. A wine and beer selection will also be available.


  • Friday, November 10
  • Wednesday, November 15
  • Friday, November 17
  • Wednesday, November 29
  • Friday, December 1

Cost: $39.00 per person. Includes two cocktails/beverages. Tax and gratuity not included.

Reservations available for 4:30–6 p.m. and can be made by calling (231) 995-3120.

Garde Manger reception

Kick off the holiday season by enjoying a grazing menu curated by students in the Garde Manger class. Featured menu items showcase sausage making, fermenting, smoking and curing, pâtés and terrines, along with cheeses and pickled vegetables. This is an event you will NOT want to miss!

Date: Friday, December 8, 2023; 6 p.m.

Cost: $85.00 per person. Includes two cocktails/beverages. Tax and gratuity not included.

Reservations can be made by calling (231) 995-3120. A credit card will be required to secure your reservation.

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