A Toast to the Hospitality Industry Benefiting Collins College Students

ABOUT HOSPITALITY UNCORKED

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. It is believed to be the single largest toast to the hospitality industry in the State of California. 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.

Proceeds
Uncorking possibilities every year by raising funds for students at Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management.
Award
Steeped in tradition, the Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Award is the focal point of the annual gala and receives much fanfare.
Honoree
Recognizing inspirational leadership that has advanced the hospitality industry.
Our Story
A look back at past events, previous honorees, and the history of the event.
Online Auction
Our first fully online 10-day auction opens Thursday, April 22 at 5pm PDT.
The  Collins College
Founded in 1973, The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona is one of the nation's top hospitality programs.
Sponsors
2022 Sponsorship Opportunities Coming Soon!
The Board
Presented by The Collins College’s esteemed Board of Advisors and organized by the dedicated Hospitality Uncorked Committee.
SAVE THE DATE: HOSPITALITY UNCORKED APRIL 22, 2022

OUR STORY

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.

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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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OUR STORY

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.

VIEW PAST EVENTSVIEW PAST EVENTS

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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What Collins College is doing for its students, providing great career opportunities, is a blessing for all of us. Countless personal stories are inspiring of how they help so many succeed in their chosen field. We come here to raise money for such a great cause, such a great school, and to really give back to our industry.

ROBERT D. OLSONR.D. OLSON DEVELOPMENT

The Collins College of Hospitality Management is the incubator for the future of California. I truly believe that.

CAROLINE BETETAVISIT CALIORNIA, PRESIDENT & CEO

The landscape of the hospitality industry is changing rapidly and we’re gonna need young educated leaders to step forward and deal with new challenges. And that’s where The Collins College of Hospitality Management comes in to play. Many of its graduates have flourished in this type of environment and their accomplishments are a great source of pride to their school and their families.

TOM SIMMSMIMI'S CAFE, FOUNDER

We applaud, from the industry perspective, what The Collins College does in the beginning process of grooming the next generation of talent. We have a lot of exciting things happening ahead. We need the talent being groomed to help us grow.

ALAN FUERSTMANMONTAGE HOTELS & RESORTS, FOUNDER

This is such an honor because Cal Poly Pomona's hospitality college is the premiere program.

GARY EBERLEEBERLE WINERY