To date, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE has raised approximately $18 million in support of the educational programs at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
A significant amount of the funds raised from the Festival is allocated to a construction project fund for the expansion of the school’s educational facilities and infrastructure. Most recently, the Chaplin School has completed construction on a new, state-of-the-art 140-seat Restaurant Management Lab that raises the bar and creates a new benchmark in restaurant management instructional technology. The Restaurant Management Lab will strengthen the school’s growing research in food, wine, beer and spirits and will sharpen its focus on building students’ advanced management skills. Other revenue from the Festival is invested in the support of beverage management classes and maintenance of the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, a 4,500 square-foot facility that features the latest technology for beverage tasting and analysis. Additional funds are awarded as scholarships to the students of the school who demonstrate exceptional performance while volunteering in all facets of the Festival.
In addition to the tangible benefits, the students of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management also receive priceless experience by volunteering for the Festival. Culinary Management majors receive the rare opportunity to work alongside some of the most celebrated chefs in the world, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Eric Ripert, Ferran Adria, Emeril Lagasse, and Nobu Matsuhisa among others. Beverage, Restaurant/Food Service and Event Management majors receive invaluable hands-on experiences as they work with some of the world’s most respected wine personalities, and gain insight in all aspects of event planning, operations, public relations and marketing, while helping to organize a world-class event.
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