Uncorking Possibilities for Students
Every year, Hospitality Uncorked celebrates the vibrant social and cultural life that has made hospitality the No. 1 industry in Southern California. The lavish celebration, previously called Harvest Auction, has raised over half a million dollars for The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona each year and is supported by the generous industry partners and friends.
Organized by the college’s Board of Advisors, the annual fundraising gala provides an opportunity to keep Collins College students in front of a broad spectrum of industry professionals, many of whom benefit directly from its gainfully employed students and alumni.
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, Carol and James A. Collins, Sam Nazarian, Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset, Larry Shupnick, the Porto family, and many more.
Produced by Melissa Flicker, Associate Professor of Art for Cal Poly Pomona, the award features a base resembling the letter “M” topped by a wine decanter shaped glass form. The design is inspired by 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 their guest. The supportive base portion visually represents the concept of upholding the most integral value for the hospitality industry, which is to instinctively put the needs of others before one’s self.