A new Monterey Hospitality Association and California Restaurant Association partnership adds value-oriented benefits to better serve its members and local hospitality industry Monterey County Hospitality Association, the region’s advocacy trade-based organization for the local hospitality industry, announces a reciprocal partnership with the California Restaurant Association to bring value-oriented benefits to MCHA members. New extended benefits […]
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MCHA is proud to announce a new partnership with the California Restaurant Association, offering numerous benefits to local Monterey County MCHA member restaurants. As of September 1, 2023, Monterey County Hospitality Association has joined in a reciprocal partnership with the California Restaurant Association to bring value-oriented benefits to our members including discounts on everyday products […]
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Hardworking hospitality professionals will enjoy a well-deserved celebration on June 14, when Employee Appreciation Day events return after a three-year pandemic pause. The Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA) hosts this annual gathering that features food, fun and friendly competitions for cooks, dishwashers, hotel housekeepers, retail clerks, and other guest-facing tourism professionals and their families. About […]
Restaurants Care is a nonprofit fund that provides direct relief grants to food and beverage workers in California. Grants cover basic needs like groceries and rent while people recover from illness, injury, natural disaster, death in the family, and more. Restaurants Care provides up to $2,500 directly to F+B workers experiencing illness, injury, natural disaster, […]
Leading employers guide local Rancho Cielo, high school and college culinary students to explore careers in hospitality. More than twenty leading hospitality employers welcomed Rancho Cielo and local area students on May 16 for Monterey County Hospitality Association’s (MCHA) Hospitality Career Fair at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. The Career Fair marked the culmination […]
For more than two decades, Franco Vásquez has made career moves that might surprise his teenage self. He’d considered working in digital design, but a high school dishwashing job led to bussing and serving opportunities. Those roles sparked a management interest. Vásquez steadily climbed the ranks, diversifying with restaurant and housekeeping leadership positions before landing […]
More than 21,600 people work in Monterey County's hospitality industry, creating unforgettable experiences for the guests who make a $2.5 billion annual economic impact. And each year, the Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA) honors one outstanding industry member as its Hospitality Professional of the Year. For four decades, the honor has recognized ongoing service and […]
Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA) will honor the Hospitality Professional of the Year on Friday, March 31st at their Annual Awards Gala at Portola Hotel & Spa. This year’s honoree, Chef Bert Cutino, CMC, Cofounder/C.O.O. of The Sardine Factory Restaurant will be recognized for his on-going service and commitment to the local hospitality industry.
Kris Markus launched Illusions of Grandeur, her Monterey Peninsula event design and custom rental business, 38 years ago. She’s employed several team members for 15 years or more, and one has been with the company for nearly three decades. In addition to a overseeing a full-time staff of 10, Markus engages a network of part-time […]
Spotlight on Hospitality: From Carmel Valley to Congress, Panetta draws on lasting hospitality lessons
Congressman Jimmy Panetta, the U.S. House of Representatives member for California’s 20th district, landed his first hospitality job in the seventh grade. Panetta rode his BMX bike to work at the Velvet Fox, a former Carmel Valley restaurant where he bussed tables. “I was a busboy until I spilled tartar sauce on a lady's dress, […]
Susanna Hoffman’s journey to a tourism degree began at Noodle Bar, in her hometown of Marina. The restaurant job she started at age 16 sparked an interest in hospitality, and she gained additional industry experience as a Monterey Bay Aquarium volunteer. Then, a high school counselor told Hoffman about hospitality and event planning courses at […]
Spotlight on Hospitality: Local academic institutions train a new generation of hospitality professionals
Abigail Castillo was studying sustainable hospitality management at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) when she volunteered at a wine festival on the Colton Hall lawn. The experience introduced an enticing career path. "I got a quick introduction and then I spent the whole day pouring wine and talking to people. I just fell in […]
MCHA recognizes one local student annually with a scholarship opportunity to study Hospitality and Tourism. Susanna Hoffman is from Marina, California and is a College Senior studying Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her concentration is Event Planning and Experience Management. For the last year, she has been working four […]
Courses Geared towards Hospitality and Career Advancement at MPC Fall 2022 Customer Service & Sales HOSP 64: Customer Service (online this fall, (8/22 - 10/15) This highly practical class provides insight into the customer service environment and essential workplace skills, including problem-solving, dealing with difficult customers, and managing customer service. Communications basics of listening, non-verbal communication, and technology communications […]