JWU Volunteers ‘Rock’ VeritageMiami 2013

JWU culinary students pose with Daniel Boulud at VeritageMiami.VeritageMiami is one of the biggest food and wine festivals in the US, drawing Michelin-starred chefs like Daniel Boulud '12 Hon. and 3,000+ food lovers. This year, 250 JWU North Miami business, culinary and hospitality students lent their skills to make this huge event a success.

“Johnson & Wales University’s support of VeritageMiami is extraordinary,” said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO of the Miami-Dade United Way, which organizes the festival.

Director Lyn Farmer was equally effusive: “The great team ... from JWU North Miami made VeritageMiami rock!”

250 Students, 4 Venues + 3,000 Volunteer Hours
JWU has supported the 18-year-old festival since its early days and expanded the number of volunteers significantly to support this year’s rebranding of the event.

Student volunteers were involved in all aspects of the festival: business students helped coordinate the silent auction; culinary arts students cooked alongside Daniel Boulud at the signature dinner; and sports/entertainment/event management students assisted with set-up and logistics at all 4 festival venues.

But students weren’t just on the ground for the 4-day festival itself: a number of students worked throughout the year at smaller VeritageMiami programs, including Wine, Walk & Shop events in historic Coral Gables.

In addition, starting last November, 4 business and hospitality students worked full time and for credit at the United Way offices to plan and execute the series of VeritageMiami events.

Making VeritageMiami a Success
All in all, JWU students contributed approximately 2,500 volunteer hours — support that translates into more dollars that the United Way of Miami-Dade can use to impact the South Florida community.

At the same time, says Mogul, “our guests [had] the opportunity to witness the caliber of young adults that Johnson & Wales University is preparing to enter the workforce, and they [were] impressed.”

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