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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023

JW MARRIOTT LOS ANGELES L.A. LIVE
Susan Feniger wearing a orange chef coat in front of a colorful background

Uncorking Possibilities for Collins College Students

Join us as the vibrant hospitality industry of Southern California comes together to honor Susan Feniger, iconic culinarian, author, and entrepreneur, with the Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Award on Friday, April 14, 2023 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.

Every year, Hospitality Uncorked celebrates the dynamic social and cultural life that has made hospitality the No. 1 industry in Southern California while raising funds for students from The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. Organized by The Collins College Board of Advisors, Hospitality Uncorked 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. Over half a million dollars is raised from generous partners and friends each year to fund scholarships, professional development opportunities, industry trips, innovative programs and more for students to succeed on their journey toward a degree.

OUR STORY

In 1999, The Collins College of Hospitality Management honored Margrit and Robert Mondavi at the school’s 6th annual Harvest Auction at the Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena for their vision and leadership in the American wine industry. In order to make a lasting homage to their impact on the industry, the college named the award on their behalf and bestows the prestigious honor upon influential industry icons each year while raising support for students.

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THE AWARD

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.

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