Harvest Auction 2005 Celebrates Spirit of the Bayou

Harvest Auction 2005 Celebrates Spirit of the Bayou

One of the top hospitality programs in the nation will be putting its lessons into practice in the name of education. Students, faculty and staff at The Collins School of Hospitality Management are joining to present the 12th annual Harvest Auction benefit on Sunday, Oct. 23.


More than 500 people will gather to support hospitality education while celebrating the best of the wine and food industry. There will be silent and live auctions benefiting The Collins School, featuring travel packages, restaurants, wines and more.


The 2005 Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award will be presented to Richard N. Frank, chairman of Lawry's Restaurants Inc. The coveted award honors individuals whose vision and leadership have advanced the American wine and food industry.  Prior honorees have included Julia Child, Alice Waters, and Jim Collins.


Each year, Harvest Auction provides a unique format in which to showcase the talents and expertise of The Collins School students and attracts the participation of industry leaders representing the various disciplines of the hospitality industry.  The 2005 theme will celebrate the spirit of the Bayou with an authentic Zydeco band, live gators and a lively blend of Cajun dishes that include Louisiana crawfish, Wicked Oyster Shooters, Wild Jerry's Andouille Jambalaya, Crusted Redfish and Cajun-rubbed prime rib of beef.


The event will begin with a wine and food tasting, and a silent auction from 3-5:30 p.m. The dinner and award presentation, and live auction will take place 5:30-8 p.m., followed by dessert and cajun coffee from 8-8:30 p.m.


Tickets are $300 each or $3,000 for a table of 10.


For more information, please contact Cathy Hilliard in the Development department of The Collins School at cahilliard@cpp.edu or (909) 869-6910.


Founded in 1973, The Collins School of Hospitality Management is consistently ranked among the nation's top hospitality programs. The Collins School is the only program in California recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.  About 650 undergraduate students receive a superior education in the state-of-the-art Collins School facilities, where they learn to apply hospitality management theories and concepts to real-world settings.  Part of this unique academic experience includes managing and operating the fine-dining Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.  More than 90 percent of each year's graduating class accepts management positions before commencement.