June 15, 1980 - First class of seven enrolled to receive training in culinary arts at New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. Chef Michel LeBorgne, now Maitre Cuisiner de France and our VP of Culinary Affairs, conducts the first class.
August 1989 - A second campus was opened in Essex Junction, Vermont in conjunction with The Inn at Essex, a full-service resort.
March 1992 - warm weather causes ice jams on the Winooski River that floods most of downtown Montpelier. NECI's original restaurants, Tubbs and the Elm Street Café, are damaged in the flood. They are replaced by the Main Street Grill and the Chef's Table.
1994 - The bachelor's degree in hospitality and restaurant management is opened to students.
1995 - The certificate program in basic cooking is established.
1998 - NECI Commons is opened in Burlington.
2001 - A third campus is opened in partnership with H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Roadtown, Tortola, BVI.
2002 - The associate's degree in hospitality and restaurant management is opened to students.
2004 - The baking and pastry program is established. NECI receives the Award of Excellence as Cooking School of the Year from the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
2005 - NECI celebrates its 25th anniversary.