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MCHA delivers ‘magical moments’ at awards luncheon in Monterey

An event at the Monterey Conference Center on Wednesday lived up to its theme by providing two “magical moments” for one of the day’s award winners. Richard Yarnold of the Fishwife Restaurant in Pacific Grove, won the coveted “Papa Vince Award” in addition to the “Focus on Guest Experience Award” at the Monterey County Hospitality […]

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Spotlight on Hospitality: Employee Appreciation Day brings tourism professionals back together

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 […]

Annual Rancho Cielo Program Culminates with MCHA Career Fair

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 […]

Spotlight on Hospitality: Catering and Event Professionals Embrace a Flexible Career Path

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 […]

Spotlight on Hospitality: Tourism Professionals Recognize Industry Legends and Legacies

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 […]

MCHA Honors Hospitality Professional of the Year at Annual Event

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.

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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, […]

Spotlight on Hospitality: MCHA Awards NRAEF Scholarship

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 […]

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Scholarship Spotlight: Susanna Hoffman

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 […]

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CSUMB Sustainable Hospitality Management Program

Hospitality Generates Career Options, Educational Opportunities and Economic Success

Monterey County hospitality businesses are grateful to be welcoming back guests. For employees at local restaurants, hotels, wineries and attractions, recent months have been a time to safely reconnect with valued customers, colleagues and visitors. More than 27,000 people worked in Monterey County’s $3.24 billion tourism industry before the pandemic paused travel. Now, as businesses […]

Rancho Cielo prepares students for work and life success

As the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa’s lead engineer, Sam Arevalo tackles plumbing, painting, drywall installation, electrical work, HVAC maintenance and more. He's the team's second-in-command, making decisions in the chief engineer’s absence, and he's earned industry awards for his work. Arevalo landed at the 290-room resort by way of Rancho Cielo, the Salinas facility […]

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Sustainable Food and Beverage Management Associate Degree

Prepare yourself to enter the workforce, or advance in the hospitality industry, with a Sustainable Food and Beverage Management Associate Degree!  This degree program prepares students to work in the food and beverage industry. Students master the management skills necessary to work in both large and small operations, including restaurants, hotels, resorts, hospitals, schools, retirement […]

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MPC Hospitality Program - Pastry Class 2022

MPC Hospitality Program - Pastry Class 2022 Options for Enrollment Enroll for college credit or non-credit, professional development only**Contact for non-credit, cost saving options Enroll in Fall or Spring: MPC Enrollment Information Scholarships available: The MPC Financial Aid Office and the Monterey County Workforce Development Board -Job Seeker Services have financial assistance available for […]

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MPC Wine Professional Levels I & II Certificates

Options for Enrollment Enroll for college credit or non-credit, professional development only**Contact for non-credit, cost saving options Enroll in Fall or Spring: MPC Enrollment Information Scholarships available: The MPC Financial Aid Office and the Monterey County Workforce Development Board -Job Seeker Services have financial assistance available for those who qualify. The Wine Professional Level […]

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MCHA training programs position hospitality professionals for success

Andrea Ferrara joined the Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay Seaside in 2009. She viewed her new front desk job as a temporary post-college stop, but six months later, the hotel offered her a group rooms coordinator position. Ferrara enjoyed the work, and more promotions followed. Within five years, she became the property’s director of sales and events.


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