Lacey Lueth Serves Up Eclectic Eats as Owner of Lola - An American Bistro
Lola - An American Bistro is a 120-seat restaurant in downtown New Ulm, opened in 2009 by SCC graduate Lacey Lueth. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with handmade scones, muffins, bakery and an ever-changing menu, the restaurant is the culmination of Lueth’s drive and dedication to her craft.
SCC From the Start
"Cooking was something I was interested in since high school. The Culinary Arts program at SCC touched on many things. It allowed me to see the different aspects of the industry and the different opportunities that were available. That really got my imagination going on what I could be.
When I graduated and actually got into the industry, I knew the terminology, I knew the procedures. When they’d say, make a stock or prepare a basil chiffonade, I knew what that meant and how to do it. It helped me start my career."
"As a hands-on chef and sole owner, my role can change daily; sometimes I take on many roles. Some days prepping, many days cooking on the line, booking events, office work, etc. Thinking back, many of those tasks were things we covered in class, things beyond just culinary. Things like costing and inventory management. I recall one of my instructors telling me, when your delivery truck comes, check it in, because there are bound to be times when they short you something and you’re not going to know until it’s too late. Good advice!
Throughout my career, having the connections to SCC has always helped. I’ve always been able to get in touch with someone if I have questions. It has been a great bridge builder for me. "
"I remember we had a course section on coffee. At the time, I thought, I am never, ever going to use this. I didn’t even drink coffee at the time. And now, coffee is a large part of my business. So students, pay attention in class because you never know what you’ll need to know!"