US Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Wine Studies Scholarship Sponsors Urban Grape with ‘Dream Big’ Small Business Award

Thanks in large part to reflecting “the core aspects of what makes businesses such a powerful source for good in their communities,” the founders of the BU Food & Wine Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color were named the 2021 ‘Dream Big’ Small Business of the Year by the US Chamber of […]

Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Wine Studies Award for Students of Color

A year ago, TJ and Hadley Douglas, owners of The Urban Grape in Boston’s South End, generously established The Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET). In a direct effort to reduce racial isolation in the wine field, the award funds at least one student of color […]

Inaugural Winners of MET’s Urban Grape Wine Studies Award Announced

In June, wine retailers TJ and Hadley Douglas launched the Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color, a scholarship designed to nurture professional growth in the field for individuals from communities that have historically been marginalized. In November, Suhayl Ramirez and Amanda Best were named the first two winners of the award. As […]

Chef Pépin Shares His Favorite Poem in BU Today

In a BU Today video, renowned chef and television personality Jacques Pépin (Hon.’11) recites his favorite poem, Rimbaud’s “Le Dormeur du Val” (“The Sleeper of the Valley”). The reading is part of the Favorite Poem Project, which was launched in 1997 by former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and a […]

Long, Hard Times Ahead for Restaurants, Says Gastronomy, Culinary Arts & Wine Studies Alum

Fernanda Tapia (MET’09), a Gastronomy alum who also holds certificates from the Culinary Arts and Wine Studies programs, is former co-owner and executive chef at Comedor, a Chilean-American bistro in the heart of Newton, MA. As an experienced industry hand and executive, she knows well the challenges restaurants are facing during the ongoing pandemic, and […]

MET Winemaker Takes Home Silver in International Competition

Jacquelyn Groeper, instructor in BU’s Wine Studies Program and winemaker and co-owner of Artis Winery, was recently honored with a silver medal in the 2020 International Women’s Wine Competition. Held this past June in Sonoma, California, the competition fielded over a thousand entries and was judged by women of the wine industry via double-blind taste […]

Groundbreaking Urban Grape Wine Studies Award to Empower Students of Color in Field

Launching in time for the fall 2020 semester, the Urban Grape Wine Studies Award for Students of Color is a new opportunity for historically marginalized peoples to get an irreplaceable education in the beverage and hospitality industry. Founded by BU Certificate Program in Wine Studies alum TJ Douglas and wife Hadley Douglas, owners of Boston’s […]