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Inaugural Festival Benefits Hospitality Industry Students

By September 1, 2015Rhode Island, Top News
Michael Petrillose, Dean of the College of Management, School of Hospitality, JWU; Michael Sabitoni, Department Chair, Center for Food & Beverage Management, School of Hospitality, JWU; Brian Warrener, Associate Professor, Center for Food & Beverage Management, School of Hospitality, JWU; and Frank Martucci, General Manager of Beverage Operations, Twin River Casino.

Michael Petrillose, Dean of the College of Management, School of Hospitality, JWU; Michael Sabitoni, Department Chair, Center for Food & Beverage Management, School of Hospitality, JWU; Brian Warrener, Associate Professor, Center for Food & Beverage Management, School of Hospitality, JWU; and Frank Martucci, General Manager of Beverage Operations, Twin River Casino.

The Twin River Casino Event Center hosted the first annual New England Tequila & Rum Festival in May 2015, where more than 1,300 guests attended the showcase of the latest tequila and rum products, trends and innovations. Twin River donated $2,000, a portion of the proceeds, to the Johnson & Wales University Center for Food & Beverage Management (JWU).

During the 2014-15 academic year, a team of JWU students worked on behalf of Twin River as part of their Directed Experiential Education (DEE) coursework creating and executing a prelude to the festival. The event included panel discussions, tastings and a competition held at JWU. The students also recruited William Ramos, Senior Brand Master, Bacardi Corporation, to speak at the event.

Professor Michael Sabitoni, Department Chair, Center for Food & Beverage Management, said the Twin River donation will also support the further professional development and education of the faculty, including a visit to the Bacardi headquarters.

 

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