2006 Harvest Auction Promises to Pamper Palates and Support Students


2006 Harvest Auction Promises to Pamper Palates and Support Students
Collins School students prepare salads for the 2004 Harvest Auction.
After weather abruptly changed the location of last year's Harvest Auction, the Kellogg Gymnasium was transformed into a Bayou Bash.

The Collins School of Hospitality Management, one of the nation's top hospitality programs, will showcase the talent of its students, faculty and staff during the 13th annual Harvest Auction on Sunday, Oct. 22, on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.

The large-scale benefit will raise funds for hospitality education as well as celebrate the best of the wine and food industry.

As in previous years, students will play a key role in planning and executing the gala, which will host more than 500 philanthropists and industry leaders.

The 2006 Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award will be presented to Leslie and Bob Spivak, founder of The Grill/Daily Grill Restaurants. The coveted award honors individuals whose vision and leadership have advanced the American wine and food industry.

The Grill was inducted into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame by Nation's Restaurant News in 1995. Bob Spivak received the Elizabeth Burns Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Restaurant Association in June 2005. Prior honorees have included Julia Child, Alice Waters and Jim Collins.

Joining to help honor the Spivaks are three elite chefs:

  • Chef Susan Feniger and her business partner Mary Sue Milliken are cohosts of the wildly successful “Too Hot Tamales” series on the Food Network. They run the award-winning Border Grill in Santa Monica, have written four cookbooks, host the weekly radio show “Good Food” and appear frequently in national media.               
  • Chef Joyce Goldstein is a well-known food writer and food industry consultant. She has authored several cookbooks, including the award-winning “The Mediterranean Kitchen” and “Back to Square One.” Her articles have appeared in Gourmet, Restaurant Hospitality and Wine & Spirits.               
  • Chef Mark Peel is executive chef and owner of Campanile restaurant, a Los Angeles hot spot. A Cal Poly Pomona alumnus, he iscoauthor of two cookbooks with Nancy Silverton. He was named 2005 Chef of the Year by the California Restaurant Association and nominated for the James Beard Best Chef award six times.               

Each year, Harvest Auction provides a unique format to showcase the talents and expertise of Collins School students, who help put on the entire affair. This year's theme is wine country casual.

The event includes a wine and food tasting, silent auction, dinner and award presentation and live auction followed by dessert.

Tickets are $350 each or $3,500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are available. Please contact Randi Kirshbaum for more details about sponsorship opportunities at (909) 869-4786.  For general information, please contact Cathy Hilliard at (909) 869-6910.