Have you ever enjoyed a delectable meal at a unique restaurant, or marveled at the luxurious hotel y
ou are fortunate enough to be staying at? Have you ever considered the fact that you can go to school in order to own a luxurious hotel or a uniquely delicious restaurant?
Auburn University, and the College of Human Sciences, offers academic classes for Hotel and Restaurant Management majors. This major was first offered to students in 1987 as a part of Auburn’s Nutrition and Food Sciences Department. The department is partnered with The West Paces Hotel Group, and offers students learning opportunities in a real hotel on Auburn’s campus. The Hotel at Auburn University and The Dixon Conference Center has been helping out Hotel and Restaurant majors since it was built.
The students in this major, are offered trips ranging from Napa Valley, to Italy. Taylor Webb, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., is taking a beverage appreciation class this semester, with Kyle Townson, where she gets the chance to taste many different types of wine and beer. She also took part in the Joseph S. Bruno, Auburn Abroad in Italy program last fall.
“It was one of the best experiences that I have ever had,” said Webb. “I want to eventually go back to Europe after I graduate and work for a while in their tourism industry.”
Italy is not the only country in Europe students have the option of visiting, there is an entire tour of Europe that covers nine different countries. Darian Cheshier, another junior in Hotel and Restaurant Management, went on the Auburn University Human Sciences-Nutrition and Food Science Study Tour in Europe last summer. The program offers students the chance to visit Spain, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Ireland.
“It was such an awesome opportunity to visit so many countries all over Europe,” said Cheshier. “I loved getting to taste the different beverages and learn how to pair certain foods with them, like different kinds of cheeses.”
Students also get to take part the Hospitality Gala, that occurred last night, and happens every year. Famous chefs and wine makers make appearances, and it benefit’s the Auburn students studying Hospitality and Management. This year the gala raised almost $200,00.