Out and About: A Look Back at 2015

Feb 10, 2016

2015 was an exciting, busy, and successful year for HTM. Our unique and energetic students embraced and engaged the university while learning critical knowledge and skills needed for their future career. In keeping with our tradition of experiential learning, our faculty took students on educational tours throughout the State, New York, Las Vegas, and Tuscany, Italy.

lookback_1In summer 2015, Dr. Juline Mills and Gina Pio Cossman ’77, of Elm Pio Wines, led a diverse group of UNH students around Tuscany, Rome, Parma, and Milan. Students studied at the UNH Prato campus. This whirlwind trip combined both traditional class-based learning with the experiences at the market, wineries, cooking, commensality, art and religion. The program not only gave students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sensory world of food and wine, but also enabled them to experience how other cultures use food to express their values. Students and faculty toured the Vatican, Rome, Parma, Florence, and the Tuscan countryside. Some of the students’ favorite places were the Milan World’s Fair and a historic biscotti factory in Prato. Students also had time to explore Italy on their own visiting Cinque Terre, Venice, Sienna, and Lucca. Joseph Anquillare ‘16 was astounded that “no matter how much you eat, you walk so much that you don’t gain weight.” When asked his favorite memory from the trip, “the coolest thing was the World’s Fair and all the countries coming together” in one place.”

Fall began with our freshmen students, as part of the Introduction to Hospitality class, taking part in an early morning burger crawl around New Haven. Starting at the historic Louis’ Lunch at 8:00 am then walking to Five Guys, and ending at Shake Shack, students explored the past, present, and future of great American burger joints. As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The students also toured Lyman Orchard and its diversified approach to events, golf, and agri-tourism. Tim Bent, Director of Marketing, explained the history of the orchard and how the Lyman Family keeps the farm in the family through its various endeavors. Apple picking, golf cart racing, and corn maze adventures were the highlights of the day, or, maybe, it was the apple cider doughnut holes.

lookback_2As they do every year, Professor Joshua Hecht’s Convention Management class planned and manned a booth at the HX: Hotel Experience Expo, November 7-9 in New York City. The Introduction to Hospitality class and all students who wanted to attend caught up on all the industry trends. HTM Capstone students also competed in the Smith Travel Research (STR) Student Market Research Competition at the HX: Hotel Experience Expo. STR challenged students to conduct a full market research study on an area of their choosing using data provided from their databases. HTM senior, Ryan Lynch presenting on the Hartford CT market, competed with over 30 colleges and universities from the United States and Canada.

Professor Renée Allen’s Wine Appreciation Class visited Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, CT. The trip illustrated that quality American wine is not just from California. Professor Petrick’s History of Beer class visited Christie’s Irish Pub and Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, CT. to get a real taste of beer culture and brewing. While Professor Bayusik Mixology course explored the craft of mixing drinks at Ordinary and Oak Haven Bars in New Haven, CT. Dr. Miranda Lee topped off the semester with the Understanding Food and Culture, a university core course, by taking the students to Thali Indian- New Haven and the Bridge House- Gastro Pub in Milford, CT to for a seminal farm to table meal.

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