Ribbon Cutting: Culinary Academy Rata2ee Celebrates 10 Years in Downtown Rochester

Rochester Chamber of Commerce welcomes Rata2ee to New Location

The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for Tonia Carsten, who celebrates 10 years of doing business in Downtown Rochester. Rata2ee, a culinary academy for children and adults, has been in business since 2014. Working out of various locations to start with and then from Tonia’s Victorian Rose Tea Room from January 9, 2017 to March 2, 2024.

Rata2ee Ribbon Cutting with owner Tonia Carsten (holding the big scissors), Rata2ee employees (to her left), Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson (to her right), chamber ambassadors Bob DiTommsa and Lisa Swiftney (at both ends of the ribbon), and chamber board member Julie Lobaza (back row) – photo by Michael Dwyer
Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson congratulates Tonia Carsten – Photo by Michael Dwyer

One Door Closes

Tonia’s Victorian Tea Room was wonderful addition to Rata2ee as an established eatery. While walk-in dining was available, most guests visited by reservation, or for an intimate event or themed party. When the building that housed the restaurant sold, Tonia closed the Tea Room and relocated the base of operations for Rata2ee just one block away.

Another Door Opens

The Rata2ee cooking school is now located in the back half of 413 South Main Street in Downtown Rochester – Shamrock Travel occupies the front half. Rata2ee will continue to host events, parties, camps, and culinary workshops for children and adults.


413 South Main Street

Rochester, MI 48307

Tonia Carsten and Julie Lobaza hold framed certificates of recognition from the city of Rochester and the Chamber of Commerce (respectively) – Photo by Michael Dwyer



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Michael Dwyer is a freelance content provider. Michael writes about happenings in the Rochester area, travels across Michigan and destinations around the world. Contact him at michael@rochestermedia.com.

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