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Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation Donates $1 Million to FIU Hospitality School

October 30, 2013

Wine Spectator reports that the 33rd Wine Experience concluded with the Grand Award Banquet, a chance to honor several notable winemakers and restaurateurs. It also included a surprise announcement: a $1 million gift that could help train the leading restaurateurs oftomorrow.

The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation will donate $1 million to Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The hospitality program, consistently rated as one of the best in the nation, has more than 1,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs at its North Miami campus and another 1,000 at a campus in the port city of Tianjin, China. The school established the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, with the help of Southern Wine & Spirits, to raise money for its efforts.

In September, the school opened a restaurant management laboratory at its Miami campus, offering students the chance to learn and practice restaurant management and beverage service techniques in a state-of-the-art facility. It will now be known as the Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory.

Proceeds from the Wine Experience go to the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, which has raised more than $15 million for wine and food education endeavors over the past 30 years. “We have helped kids get through school at top programs,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Wine Spectator editor and publisher. Foundation beneficiaries have included students at the University of California at Davis Department of Viticulture & Enology, the Culinary Institute of America and Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Those scholarships wouldn’t be possible without the enthusiasm of Wine Experience attendees and the generosity of wineries, which donate both the wines tasted and the winemakers’ time.

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