With a different type of cuisine trending every month and a new, fanatical, group of “foodies” sprouting up on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter, there has never been a better time to examine and discuss the in’s and out’s of the restaurant and hospitality business. Keeping in step with the current trend, Boston University’s Metropolitan College will host Tools of the Trade: Experiential Studies for the Food Industry.
This two-day conference on Sept. 21 – 22 will showcase guest speakers and panelists who will share their expertise in subjects like sustainability; large-scale and boutique businesses; the restaurant and hospitality industries; communication; experiential academics; and wine, beer, and spirits. Noted guests include food historian, Ken Albala; Darra Goldstein, editor of Gastronomica; WBUR’s Jeremy Hobson; Jeff Tenner, vice president of Not Your Average Joe’s; Ihsan Gurdal, co-owner of Formaggio Kitchen; Garrett Harker, owner of Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar and The Hawthorne; Sheryl Julian, food editor for The Boston Globe; Mary Beaudry, Boston University professor of archaeology, anthropology, and gastronomy; and Sandy Block, Master of Wine and VP of beverage at Legal Sea Foods.
The menu for the conference highlights the flavor of Boston with local food trucks, a seafood and wine reception, and a lobster bake all on the schedule.
Tools of the Trade: Experiential Studies for the Food Industry will be held at Boston University’s Jacob Sleeper Hall, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. For more information or to register, call 617-353-9852 or visit the conference website.
MET’s Distance Education graduates have studied remotely for most of their tenure at BU but this weekend they will get a chance to explore the Charles River Campus and the city of Boston while participating in MET’s GPS Urban Adventure. On Saturday starting at 12:30 PM, these graduates will discover the secrets of Boston and BU’s campus, put faces to names and get to know their fellow graduates from online programs. In small teams, they’ll be using handheld GPS units to guide them on a race around the city, solving riddles and completing challenges leading to the next adventure. If you are a graduate and are interested in participating, click here to register.