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RIHA Member Reception Honors Zannella Legacy

By July 31, 2023Rhode Island, Top News

The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) hosted its annual membership reception on the patio of The Capital Grille in Providence on June 14. Touted as the official kickoff to summer, the event also featured members of the Zannella family, who presented the Al Zannella Scholarship and awarded $5,000 to Sydney Caswell, from Chariho Career and Technical Center, who will study hospitality management at the University of Rhode Island this fall. The scholarship was founded in Zannella’s name upon his passing in 2020, honoring his legacy as Executive Vice President of Mancini Beverage, where he was employed for 44 years, and his service as a board member of the RIHA, among his long-standing community and industry support. Additionally, the Chairman of the Board of the National Restaurant Association, Scott Redler, Co-founder, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, joined the 140 RIHA members for networking after the scholarship presentation. Sponsors included Chris Phillips and his team at The Capital Grille; Chris and Nelly Saraiva, Co-owners, Brands of Portugal; Chris Trosin, Owner, Metro Lobster & Seafood; Bill Dessel, Co-founder, KEEL Vodka; and Kiel Patrick, Founder, Newport Lemonade.


Photos courtesy of RI Hospitality Association.



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