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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.


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


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


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


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


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


5 questions with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits CEO Wayne Chaplin

 Wayne Chaplin has led Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (SGWS), the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, since 1994. His tenure, first as the company’s president and now as CEO, has spanned a two-decade-long relationship between FIU and SGWS, which hosts the annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival benefiting FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The Festival grew out of a one-day celebration of wine and spirits hosted at the Biscayne Bay Campus called the Florida Extravaganza, which began in 1997. In 2002, the event officially became the South Beach Wine & Food Festival® and moved to Miami’s South Beach. Today, the Festival is a five-day, star-studded gourmet gathering that attracts more than 65,000 guests from around the world and features events in Miami-Dade and... Read Full Article Here


Whole Foods to donate percentage of sales to StartUP FIU FOOD

Whole Foods Market Miami locations and FIU will team up to support food entrepreneurs in South Florida by donating 5 percent of Jan. 11 net sales to StartUP FIU FOOD. Whole Foods Market’s 5% Days give back to local communities by providing support to nonprofit and educational organizations whose programs directly benefit the communities surrounding Whole Foods Market stores. Click Here To Read More