School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management 2016-2017 Gerald Thomas Chair Program

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) was very fortunate to be the recipient of the College of ACES Gerald Thomas Chair endowment for the 2016-2017 academic year. Named after former NMSU president and international authority on world food problems, this fund is used to creatively address issues related to agricultural production or natural resource use. What better agricultural product to feature than wines, beers, and spirits? HRTM was pleased to bring a variety of beverage experts to campus to share their knowledge with students, NMSU and Las Cruces community. We appreciate all our supporters that attended the presentations. The events and speakers included:

Fall 2016

New World Spirits – Tequila, Mezcal, Rum & Bourbon presented by Sir Adam Carmer, Professor, University of Nevada Las Vegas and Owner, The Whisky Attic

Domestic Wines and The Role of the Sommelier presented by Ms. Samantha Evans

Sparkling Wines from Around the World presented by Dr. Michael Wray, Professor, Metro State University Denver

Banfi Winemaker Dinner presented by Mr. Bill Whiting, Director of Wine Education, Banfi Vintners

Belgian Beers presented by Sir Adam Carmer

Wines of France and Northern Spain with Cheese Pairing presented by Professor Mohsen Azizsoltani, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Mr. Larry Rosenberg, Allouette Cheeses

Spring 2017

Classic Wines of Europe presented by Professor Mohsen Azizsoltani

Wonderful Whiskies presented by Sir Adam Carmer and Mr. Shawn Stevens, Vendome Copper and Brass

Trinchero Family Estates Winemaker Dinner presented by Mr. Barry Wiss, Vice-President of Trade Relations

Beverage Marketing presented by Mr. Tim Haughinberry, President, Back Bar USA

Mixology Marvels presented by Mr. Patrick Abalos, Mixologist, Westin Woodlands Hotel

Craft Beers presented by Dr. Michael Wray