Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards After Party

Following the 2022 Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards Banquet, Hotelies continued celebrating Cornell Nolan Hotel School’s 100th anniversary at the New York chapter’s After Party.

The event was held at the 1920’s Themed Flûte Bar Midtown.  Worlds away from the bustle of Midtown Manhattan, Flûte Midtown operates in a space that was once a speakeasy run by the notorious Texas Guinan.  Texas Guinan was infamous for her brazen disregard of Prohibition.  Flûte Midtown’s speakeasy history is preserved in its subtle lighting, cocktail menu and honeycomb of intimate booths.

CHS Rocky Mountain Chapter: Cornell vs. the Rest of the Wine World

On Sunday, May 22, 2022 thirty members of the CHS Colorado Rocky-Mountain Chapter gathered at alumni Juliette Boone‘s (‘93 & ‘97) house to taste 5 varietals grown by Cornell Alumni winemakers against the same varietals grown elsewhere in the world.  The tasting was guided by certified sommelier Kate Sequeira ’11.  Co-host included Kubs Lalchandani ‘99 & ‘04, Erik Nylen ‘81, Kate Sequeira ‘11, Raina Taillon ‘11 and Melissa Triplett ‘85.

The Hotelies in attendance were transported back to “Wines” class.  They tasted each wine and learned about the Cornell alumni involved with producing them.  Attendees enjoyed appetizers, a raffle, and gathering with fellow Colorado Hotelies again in person!


NYC Chapter Kicks Off 100th Anniversary Celebration

On May 19, 2022, the CHS New York City Chapter had a great 100th Year Anniversary Kickoff Happy Hour in the Panorama Room of the Graduate Hotel on Roosevelt Island.  The Panorama Room is located on the 18th floor of the hotel and offers breathtaking 360-degree views of New York City.  The group enjoyed light bites and a cash bar.

ROMA 2022 – EMEA Regional Meeting

The CHS ALPADRIA & Eastern European chapters hosted the 2022 annual EMEA Regional Meeting in Rome on April 7 through 9.  As always, the event was full of insightful educational events, great food and beverage, and lots of Hotelie comradery and fellowship.  This year’s theme was Vision, Hospitality, Leadership.

The event kicked off with a Thursday night reception on the iconic rooftop terrace of the Hotel Hassler overlooking the Spanish Steps.  Special thanks to host Roberto Wirth ’75.

A Hospitality Summit took place on Friday at the Hotel Quirinale.  The morning was full of multiple informative sessions:

  • Italian Market Snapshot
  • Operations Panel: “Hospitality & Lifestyle: The Future is Full-Touch”
  • Presentation: “Lessons Learned, Lessons to Follow: Family Business in Italy”
  • Presentation: “The Great Resignation: Where are the leaders in these challenging times?”
  • Presentation: “Natural Yeast, Natural Growth, Natural Partnership”
  • Development Panel: “All Roads Lead to Rome 2025”

The afternoon featured multiple specialty workshops:

  • Mani in Pasta: Get Your Hands Dirty the Italian Way
  • Beyond the Forecast: Discriminating Data to Sharpen Focus
  • BMS, RMS, and IMS: How Blastness uses Big Data & AI to Boost Direct Bookings
  • Appreciating Italian Wine

Friday ended with a special Industry Dinner at Domitian’s Stadium.  This unique venue is hidden below Piazza Navona, among the ruins of Stadio Domiziano, one of ancient Rome’s largest, central chariot racing tracks.

Saturday started with the annual CHS Regional meeting followed by an afternoon of sightseeing throughout Rome.

The conference ended with the traditional Saturday night Gala Dinner and Scholarship Auction.  The banquet was held in the Salone Ritz at the St. Regis Rome.  The Salone Ritz was the first public ballroom, opened in 1894 by legendary hotelier Cesar Ritz himself.  This famous room has hosted heads of state, royalty, and international glitterati for more than a century.

A very special thank you to event organizer Jonathon Dominic Spada BS ’10 and his organizing committee:

  • Roberto Wirth BS ’75
  • Palmiro Noschese GMP ’19
  • Sarah Livingston BS ’10
  • Elena Benedetti PDP ’15

A special video capturing the essence of the event can be found here:

Roma 2022 | Cornell Hotel Society Annual EMEA Regional Meeting – YouTube


New York Chapter Happy Hour

New York Hotelies gathered on April 28, 2022 for a happy hour event at the Peter McManus Café.  Justin McManus, SHA ’03 hosted the event.  He is the current member of the family guiding the historic restaurant that has been featured in many movies and television shows: Highlander (1986), starring Sean Connery; Radio Days (1987), directed by Woody Allen and starring Mia Farrow; Keeping the Faith (2000), directed by Edward Norton; The Other Guys (2010) starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg; Seinfeld, Law and Order, Saturday Night Live, and Broad City.







DC/Baltimore Chapter Celebrates the New Year in March

Hotelies in the Washington DC/Baltimore area gathered at Anchovy Social in the Thompson Hotel to kick off the new year, and enjoy drinks, appetizers, networking, and a hotel property tour.  The indoor/outdoor rooftop venue offered great views of the Navy Yard and beyond!

Picture 1:  Rebecca Flemming ’04, Amy King ’96, Kevin Jacobs ’94, Andrea Foster ’96, Ross Bierkan, Lan Elliott ’90

Picture 2:  Isha Janjikhel ’21, – , Shalinder Singh ’04

Picture 3: – ,  – , Kelly McGuire ’01, ’07, Becca Vredeveld ’12

Picture 4: Nicolas Beliard ’90, Anna Chung ’03, Erica Killam ’08

Picture 5:  Lynn Morgan ’89, Guy Cook ’15, Anna Chung ’03

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CHS Presidents Gather

On Sunday, December 19, 2021, three past CHS Presidents gathered at the home of incoming CHS President Mark Woodworth ’77 to celebrate the holidays and offer their advice.

Left to right:

  • Bill Minnock ’79 – CHS President 2018
  • Mark Woodworth, MPS ‘78 – CHS President 2022
  • Tim Dick MPS ‘88 – CHS President 2006
  • Robert Mandelbaum ’81 – CHS President 2016

Happy Hour – 2021 CHS Annual General Meeting

The CHS New York City Chapter had a great CHS/CHS_NYC HH after the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday Nov 15th!  The AGM was held at the Cornell Club of New York, followed by a Happy Hour at the Marlin Bar at Tommy Bahama.  Happy 90th birthday to Rocco Angelo ’58.  Thanks to all who joined us, and to Joe Lavin for his hospitality!

2021 SHA/MMH Hotelie Weekend

The CHS New York City Chapter had a great SHA/MMH Hotelie Weekend Happy Hour at Arlo Nomad on Friday November 12, 2021.

CHS New York Happy Hour

The CHS New York City Chapter had a great Happy Hour at Clinton Hall, near POD 51 Hotel on Monday Nov 8th. Thanks to all who joined us and to Clinton Hall team for their hospitality!