The Roaring '20s Came Alive!
The Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award Honoree:
Alan J. Fuerstman, CEO and Founder of Montage Hotels and Resorts
- “Alan has created a vision of comfortable luxury, which has equally benefited and elevated the food and beverage industry. He has created five-star environments where wearing jeans, sharing an experience with your family or an intimate evening as a couple are all equally comfortable. That uniqueness and that joy he brings his guests are something to be modeled and reasons why we are honoring him,” said Mary Niven, Vice President Disney California Adventure & Guest Services Disneyland Resort and Chair of The Collins College Board of Advisors.
- About the Mondavi Award
- ROBERT MONDAVI WINE & FOOD AWARD The Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award is the focal point of the night and receives much fanfare. The award is steeped in tradition at The Collins College of Hospitality Management and is given with great appreciation to individuals whose vision and leadership have advanced the wine and food industry. In 1999, The Collins College of Hospitality Management honored Margrit and Robert Mondavi for their vision and leadership in the American wine industry. Mr. and Mrs. Mondavi were recognized at the college’s 6th annual Harvest Auction, during a lavish gourmet dinner at the Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena. In order to make a lasting homage to their impact on the industry, the college named the award on their behalf. Since 2000, the college has bestowed this honor upon Julia Child, Alice Waters, Jim Collins, Sam Nazarian, and the 2013 honoree Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California, to name a few.
- Past honoree Sam Nazarian, CEO, Founder and Chairman of sbe Entertainment Group and Margrit Mondavi were special presenters of the award.
President Michael Ortiz recapped the night in his weekly address.
- More than 550 guests gathered at the 2014 Hospitality Uncorked at the JW Marriott Los Angeles to honor Alan Fuerstman, Founder and CEO of Montage Hotels & Resorts with the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award and support the college. Special presenters included past honoree Sam Nazarian, CEO, Founder and Chairman of sbe and Margrit Mondavi.
Chefs and the silent auction delighted during the reception.