The Global Food & Wine Experience complements the yearly BCA Cultural Awareness Salute as another opportunity to advance diversity in the highest ranks of the culinary and beverage industry. At this event, aspiring culinary and beverage professionals learn about the industry; established restauranteurs, sommeliers, and importers network and display their acheivements in the field with booths and tables from their businesses; and the BCA honors the dedication of pioneers of color in the wine industry with the Vision in Wine Award.
"The BCA is an incredible organization that offers opportunity to young ethnic adults that need and appreciate guidance in the culinary field. It's my pleasure to be involved and teach these kids what they can’t learn in culinary school”, said Sue Torres owner, of Sueños Restaurant, after the last Global Food & Wine Experience at the Tavern on the Green in New York City. A large part of the mission of the BCA focuses on making young students of color aware of the endless career opportunities in the culinary and hospitality fields. “This event is incredibly important to increase the awareness of these opportunities within the wine and beverage industry. Students gearing to start a career in the hospitality industry need to be aware of this,” said Peter Morales, President and owner of 57 Main Street Imports. “There is no other event that increases the awareness and importance of penetrating the diversity market for wine merchants while sharing a powerful platform for celebrity chefs to share and pass on their electricity with the next generation of hospitality professionals,” commented Alex Askew President of the BCA.
To witness this excitement for yourself, please click here for photos from the last Global Wine and Food Experience and see below for past recipients of the Vision in Wine Award.
VISION IN WINE AWARD
The Vision in Wine Award is presented to individuals in recognition for their dedication to building awareness, appreciation, and creating exposure for people of color to provide a higher level of understanding for the culture of wines. These individuals have devoted themselves to educating people of color in the history and health benefits of wine as well as the wine industry. Through their merit, reputation and commitment, they have dedicated their time and energy to lay the groundwork for future generations to follow in their footsteps in seeking and sharing a deeper knowledge of wine and it’s role in the culinary industry.
Vision In Wine Award Honorees
2010 Bernard Sun, Corporate Beverage Director / Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurant group
2009 Everett Hinds, Sales Manager / Southern Wine & Spirits of New York
2008 Sybil Chester, Manager Community Relations / Moet Hennessy
2007 Mack McDonald, CEO / Vision Cellars
2006 Peter Morales, President & CEO/ 57 Main Street Imports
2005 Stephanie Browne, Founder / Divas Uncorked Inc.