How a South Florida mother went from desperation to just desserts When her life fell apart 10 years ago, a South Florida mother of two let go and let God to show her the way. Now, she's enjoying success and sharing her story to inspire others. Read Entire Story.
Regynald Washington is named top foodservice operator of 2019 Regynald Washington, the one-time busboy who rose to president of a concessionaire that runs a wide variety of airport restaurants, was named last night as the nation’s top foodservice operator by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA). Read Entire Story.
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.
Alba Baylin ‘95, alumna, VP Customer Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company to participate at Power Up Women’s Leadership Summit
Alba Baylin ‘95, alumna, VP Customer Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company to participate at Power Up Women’s Leadership Summit Read Entire Story.
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
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
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
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
Tens of thousands of foodies from across the nation flocked to the white sands and sun of South Beach this past weekend for the 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Read Full Article Here