Hospitality Uncorked celebrates the vibrant social and cultural life that has made hospitality the No. 1 industry in Southern California. Proceeds from the evening benefit The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona.

Breaking with tradition, Hospitality Uncorked 2017 will honor not one, but two individuals who are making an indelible mark on the hospitality industry. The Board of Advisors for The Collins College is pleased to announce Gina Gallo, Senior Director of Winemaking for the Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery, and Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of the Boisset Collection as recipients of the 2017 Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Award.

In recognition of the common theme that has guided the paths our honorees have travelled to achieve success, Hospitality Uncorked will be a night to toast and indulge in the MAGIC OF DREAMS (MAGIE DES RÊVES). Expect an evening of masked mystery and whimsical imagery featuring guest chefs, vintner tastings, surreal entertainment, live and silent auctions and a dance and dessert after party to keep the evening going we invite you to join us for an evening steeped in good juice and hospitality.

It is believed that Hospitality Uncorked is the single largest event in California designed to celebrate the hospitality industry. It is organized by members of the college’s esteemed Board of Advisors with support from the college’s staff. The event supports The Collins College, one of the premier hospitality colleges in the world. The event provides an opportunity to keep the college in front of a broad spectrum of individuals and companies within the industry, many of whom benefit directly from the young professionals graduating from the college each year. Proceeds support student scholarships, equipment needs and operations at the college.

Robert mondavi wine & food award

The Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award is the focal point of the night and receives much fanfare. The award is steeped in tradition at The Collins College of Hospitality Management and is given with great appreciation to individuals whose vision and leadership have advanced the wine and food industry.

In 1999, The Collins College of Hospitality Management honored Margrit and Robert Mondavi for their vision and leadership in the American wine industry. Mr. and Mrs. Mondavi were recognized at the college’s 6th annual Harvest Auction, during a lavish gourmet dinner at the Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena. In order to make a lasting homage to their impact on the industry, the college named the award on their behalf. Since 2000, the college has bestowed this honor upon Julia Child, Alice Waters, Jim Collins, Sam Nazarian, 2016 honoree Robert D. Olson, President and CEO of R.D. Olson Development, to name a few.

about the award

The Mondavi Award is a handcrafted piece of art designed by Cal Poly Pomona graphic design alumnus Eric Au under the direction of Assistant Professor of Art Melissa Flicker. Au gained inspiration from Robert Mondavi as well as the values of the hospitality industry, which transcend from mere service, to a natural and sincere relationship between two parties: a host and guest.


The Collins College of Hospitality Management has the fourth largest hospitality and tourism management undergraduate degree program in the country with over 1,350 students, educated by a team of internationally recognized faculty. Its Master of Science degree program is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitality and tourism graduate programs and is the only one in the state of California. The college is dedicated to advancing the field of hospitality management through its collaborative learn by doing approach, its profound appreciation of diverse backgrounds, ideas and cultures, and its strategic integration of scholarship, service and applied learning. The Collins College is a preeminent and global source of future leaders in the growing hospitality and tourism management industry. 

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