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.

The Board

Presented by The Collins College’s esteemed Board of Advisors and organized by the dedicated Hospitality Uncorked Committee.

Collins College

Founded in 1973, Cal Poly Pomona’s hospitality management program is one of the leading colleges in the nation

Online Auction

Our first fully online 10-day auction opens Thursday, April 22 at 5pm PDT.

Sponsors

With great appreciation to our 2020 Hospitality Uncorked donors.

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.

THE DESIGN

Produced by Melissa Flicker, Associate Professor of Art for Cal Poly Pomona, the award features a base that resembles the letter “M” topped by a glass form inspired by a wine decanter. 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. By creating two distinctly separate forms, the award abstractly expresses that relationship. The supportive base portion visually represents the concept of upholding the most integral value for the hospitality industry, which is to instinctively address, assist and satisfy the needs of others before one’s self.