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    • Academic Center North
    • Tel: 610-499-1101
    • Fax: 610-499-1106
  • Nancy Keating

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Events, Hospitality Management

In the School of Hospitality Management, student-run events are one of the many ways students are exposed to the hospitality industry. Students learn first-hand the complexities of planning and managing an event. Many of the events are fundraisers for student organizations to assist in defraying the cost to attend professional conferences. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds raised are donated to one of our charitable community partners.

In essence, events allow students to interact and engage with the industry, teach the importance of civic engagement, and foster leadership growth and development.


wine glasses on table in marriott dining roomThe Taste of Tuscany Food and Wine Pairing

Date: October 9, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Marriott Dining Room

Price: $60 per person

Purchase Tickets at: This link.

The Students in the School of Hospitality Management at Widener University in conjunction with Banfi Vintners proudly present The Taste of Tuscany Food and Wine Pairing Event.  Guests will enjoy a salad, soup, entrée, and dessert course; each carefully paired with a Banfi wine, along with a presentation of the wine selections by Dino Altomare, Wine Education Manager at Banfi Vintners.  See menu. The event will be open seating and tickets must be purchased in advance. For questions, please call 610-499-1127.  All proceeds benefit student organizations in the School of Hospitality Management. 

Banfi Vintners is the sole U.S. importer of the Mariani family’s internationally renowned wine estates in Italy: Castello Banfi of Montalcino, Tuscany, and Banfi Piemonte of Strevi, Piedmont. Banfi also imports the wines of several other producers, including category leaders Bolla, Cecchi, Florio, Fontana Candida, Placido, Riunite, and Sartori from Italy, Concha y Toro and Emiliana from Chile, and Trivento from Argentina, Wisdom & Warter Sherries from Spain and Stone’s Ginger wine from England. The company has ranked as North America’s leading wine importer for more than three decades.


Cake Bosscake submitted for most unique flavor

This annual event held in the spring is run by the student chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) and The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA). The event is modeled after the iconic TLC show Cake Boss. Participants submit a cake to be judged in one of three categories: 1) grandma’s favorite, 2) best appearance, and 3) most unique flavor. Guests have the opportunity to taste each cake and enjoy live music, fruit, a chocolate fountain, and basket auctions for the chance to win great prizes. Students in the hospitality management program plan, market, and execute this sensational event. See Flickr gallery for photos from Cake Boss.


Outback Nightoutback night

This annual event held in the fall is run by the student chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) and The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA). Staff from area Outback Steakhouse® restaurants come to the School of Hospitality Management’s Marriott Dining Room to recreate the Outback experience. Diners are offered a menu of several Outback selections for a fixed price. Hospitality management students are paired with both Outback professional servers and chefs to learn an area of restaurant management. See Flickr gallery for photos from Outback night.