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MCHA Honors Hospitality Professional of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award at Annual Event

Annual Awards Gala | March 1, 2024 — Monterey Marriott (Monterey, CA) – Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA) will honor the Hospitality Professional of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, March 1st at their Annual Awards Gala at the Monterey Marriott. This year’s honorees, Inns-by-the-Sea’s Mark T. Watson and Pebble Beach Company’s William […]

Destination Education Series

Introducing the Wayfinding Destination Education Series, See Monterey’s new training and education program, designed to connect and support the local hospitality industry. Just as wayfinding helps to guide people along a path, this series is designed to help guide our local industry members through trainings and workshops to update and educate on best practices and new […]

Spotlight on Hospitality: March hospitality event celebrates community with local chef collaboration

On March 1, accomplished chefs from several local businesses will take center stage at the Monterey Marriott. Together, they’ll create a multi-course meal highlighting Monterey County ingredients. The collaboration headlines A Night of Gold, an awards gala and fundraiser presented by the Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA). While the annual event raises funds for advocacy, […]

CRA - Requirement Change for Food Handler Cards

What Employers Need to Know — New obligations under SB 476 require employers to pay their staff for all costs associated with obtaining a food handler card (FHC). Understanding How to Comply with CA's New Food Handler Card Law

Spotlight on Hospitality: Monterey County chefs open doors for tomorrow’s culinary stars

The hospitality industry offers unexpected opportunities at every turn. Just ask Chef Bert Cutino, who earned 30 cents an hour washing dishes as a teenager.  “I didn’t know, at the time, if I would go into the culinary profession. I just knew that someday I wanted to own something,” he says. That job set Cutino […]

Future hospitality leaders from Monterey Peninsula College and California State University, Monterey Bay awarded over $25,000 in scholarships

Through Monterey County Hospitality Association’s (MCHA) communication tool and outreach, local hospitality students at Monterey Peninsula College(MPC) and the Sustainable Hospitality Management program at California State University, Monterey Bay(CSUMB) were awarded over $25,000 in scholarships by the California Hotel & Lodging Association Hospitality Foundation (CHLAHF). The CHLAHF combines the efforts of The Hotel & Restaurant […]

MPC Accelerated Culinary Training

Enroll today — Develop the knowledge and skills needed for entry level cook and pastry careers in just a few months with an accelerated program that culminates in earning two college level certificates from MPC.

County of Monterey Board of Supervisors Approves a New Long Term Concession Agreement for Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Home to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, with Non-Profit Friends of Laguna Seca

New Era Points Toward Ongoing Progress July, 18, 2023 (Monterey, Calif.) —In a historic move to ensure the long-term future of the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, home to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors today approved a new, long term concession agreement with the local non-profit Friends of Laguna Seca. First District […]

2023 Sponsorship - Hospitality Recognition Lunch

November 8, 2023 – Monterey Conference Center The Hospitality Recognition Lunch has grown to be the largest event hosted by the Hospitality Association. The awards program is designed to recognize all of the outstanding individuals working in the hospitality industry who perform over and beyond expectation. PRESENTING SPONSOR, $5000 - 1 available (SOLD OUT) AWARDS SPONSOR, $3500 - 2 available HEART OF […]

California Restaurant Foundation Restaurants Care Program for Foodservice Workers

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, […]

2023 Annual Gala & Auction Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our 2023 Annual Awards Gala and Auction. We are incredibly grateful to our members, sponsors and community for making the evening such a success. We look forward to next year!

Annual Awards Gala Auction

We are taking a portion of our auction virtual this year, please enjoy this special sneak peek.  Mark your calendar — bidding is live March 24th! Click here to register in advance.  Lot #1Pasadera Dine, Play Stay!Exclusive Package for 8   Enjoy a luxurious getaway at The Club at Pasadera. This magnificent package includes a private three-course dinner, wine pairing, private rooms at the […]

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.

Affordable Child Care

Monterey County Hospitality Association Endorses Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act

The November 2022 ballot measure would provide supplemental funding for the county’s child care system through a $49 per year parcel tax.   "The Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act is a much needed and long overdue initiative to begin the process of addressing the severe need for child care in Monterey County. The hospitality industry faces […]

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MCHA honors 2017 hospitality award winners

MCHA to Honor the 2017 Hospitality Professional of the Year Chris Shake, CEO, Shake Enterprises and present a Lifetime Achievement Award honoring Pierre Bain, Owner, Fandango Restaurant

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MCHA honors 2015 hospitality award winners

MCHA to Honor the 2015 Hospitality Professional of the Year Janine Chicourrat, General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa and present a
Lifetime Achievement Award honoring former President and Golf Professional of Quail Lodge to William Lawson Little III.


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