Family trips spark a career path

Family trips spark a career path By Lazaro Gonzalez Shelbie Reilly’s love affair with the hospitality industry began unexpectedly at a young age while vacationing around the world with her parents and older sister. It wasn’t until her sophomore year in high school that she realized she could have a career in it. Her family had […]

30 Years and Counting: FIU’S Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Receives Annual Marvin and Maxine Scholarship

Thirty years ago, current Park Springs Member Marvin Himmel was still CEO of his own business in Chicago that specialized in Convention and Travel Management. He and his beloved wife Maxine decided to support deserving students enrolled in a School of Hospitality and Management. “We wanted to give something back to our industry,” says Mr. […]

The Chaplin School establishes Career Closet for students

The Chaplin School establishes Career Closet for students What it is? The Career Closet at the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Career Development Program has been established thanks to the generosity of Lani Kane-Hanan ‘87 MS’04. The Career Closet is a resource of upscale, new, or gently used business casual and business professional […]

A conversation with SOBEWFF® visionary Lee Brian Schrager

FIU News sat down with Lee Brian Schrager, founder and director of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, to learn about this year’s Festival, how it all began, what motivates him today, a favorite stand-out moment from the past 16 festivals, and what he wishes people knew about one […]

SOBEWFF® a Gyllensporre family affair

Born in Sweden and raised in Belgium, Josefine, Caroline and Gustaf Gyllensporre are international students and alumni of FIU – each with a different major – who set out to gain valuable career insight and work experience at the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Read Full Article Here

SOBEWFF® propelled alumnus into career with Rachael Ray

FIU alumnus Andrew Kaplan ’03 pauses in the middle of a bustling QVC set to take a selfie in his “HANGRY” t-shirt – his own design. He’s taken over Rachael Ray’s Instagram story for the day as he helps prep the Food Network celebrity’s live segment on the shopping channel that day. Read Full Article […]

Wine, food festival benefiting FIU takes over South Florida

Tens of thousands of foodies from across the nation flocked to the white sands and sun of South Beach this past weekend for the 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Read Full Article Here

SOBEWFF® leftovers fed homeless in Miami

After thousands of guests from the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival were fed to their hearts’ content last month, carefully coordinated food rescue efforts – led by hospitality management professor John Buschman – made certain that anything that was salvageable went to feed some of the neediest members of […]

Two decades later, Chaplins continue to serve, support students

 What happens when you put hospitality management students in a room with their benefactors? A candid, insightful conversation covering everything from advice on building a successful career from the ground up to how new innovations are changing the wine and spirits industry.Read Full Article Here

5 questions with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits CEO Wayne Chaplin

 Wayne Chaplin has led Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (SGWS), the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, since 1994. His tenure, first as the company’s president and now as CEO, has spanned a two-decade-long relationship between FIU and SGWS, which hosts the annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival benefiting […]