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Larry J. Harris will be our guest speaker for The Professor Michael E. Hurst Distinguished Hospitality Leaders Lecture Series

LARRY J. HARRIS '81 Larry Harris is a freelance consultant to entrepreneurial concerns. His areas of specialty include strategic planning, organizational development, real estate, finance and environmental strategy. Mr. Harris co‐founded Pollo Tropical restaurants in Miami, Florida, in 1988. Under his leadership as CEO and Chairman of the Board, the company grew from a single restaurant to a multi-million dollar 50-unit public company. Mr. Harris left the company when it was sold in 1998. Read Entire Story.

2019-03-15T14:30:37-04:00

Chaplin alumni at SOBE hotels support SOBEWFF®

  In less than two decades, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) has blossomed from a small gathering into a national destination for food, wine and spirits. For alumni like Mohan Koka ’01 who work at hotels on South Beach, watching the festival grow first-hand has been remarkable. Read Entire Story.

2019-01-10T14:04:10-04:00

30 Years and Counting: FIU’S Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Receives Annual Marvin and Maxine Scholarship

Thirty years ago, current Park Springs Member Marvin Himmel was still CEO of his own business in Chicago that specialized in Convention and Travel Management. He and his beloved wife Maxine decided to support deserving students enrolled in a School of Hospitality and Management. “We wanted to give something back to our industry,” says Mr. Himmel. Read Full Article Here

2018-04-04T13:02:31-04:00

A conversation with SOBEWFF® visionary Lee Brian Schrager

FIU News sat down with Lee Brian Schrager, founder and director of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, to learn about this year’s Festival, how it all began, what motivates him today, a favorite stand-out moment from the past 16 festivals, and what he wishes people knew about one of the world’s premier wine and food festivals. Read Full Article Here

2018-03-19T10:25:54-04:00

SOBEWFF® a Gyllensporre family affair

Born in Sweden and raised in Belgium, Josefine, Caroline and Gustaf Gyllensporre are international students and alumni of FIU – each with a different major – who set out to gain valuable career insight and work experience at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Read Full Article Here

2018-03-19T10:25:26-04:00

SOBEWFF® propelled alumnus into career with Rachael Ray

FIU alumnus Andrew Kaplan ’03 pauses in the middle of a bustling QVC set to take a selfie in his “HANGRY” t-shirt – his own design. He’s taken over Rachael Ray’s Instagram story for the day as he helps prep the Food Network celebrity’s live segment on the shopping channel that day. Read Full Article Here

2018-03-15T16:01:59-04:00

SOBEWFF® leftovers fed homeless in Miami

After thousands of guests from the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival were fed to their hearts’ content last month, carefully coordinated food rescue efforts – led by hospitality management professor John Buschman – made certain that anything that was salvageable went to feed some of the neediest members of the community. Read Full Article Here

2018-03-15T15:53:23-04:00