Dean Mistretta

Assistant Professor,  College of Hospitality Management

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Professor Dean Mistretta
What I love about hospitality is that there are so many different opportunities in the field.”


Dean Mistretta has 25 years’ experience and expertise in the hospitality industry. Most recently he spearheaded the creation of Decadent Catering Company, where he remains active as director of catering.

Most notably, Mistretta acted as the regional marketing and promotions director for a large hospitality company, with an extensive portfolio of restaurants, bars and nightclubs along the Eastern seaboard.

In addition, he has a long-standing background in hospitality marketing and sales management as a private consultant.

Mistretta specializes in spearheading food and beverage startup companies — from design, staffing, training menu planning, marketing and promotions, to setting up internal controls of day-to-day operations. Mistretta is a former established and respected nightclub promoter. He also has been a nightclub owner in the city of Providence, where he managed all of the club’s design, marketing and day-to-day operations.

He earned an associate in science degree from Northern Virginia Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Curry College and a Masters in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Catering Operations
  • Food and Beverage Startups
  • Food and Beverage Operations Management
  • Hospitality Marketing and Promotions

Sample Courses

  • FSM2055: Beverage Appreciation
  • FSM2065: Food & Beverage in the Hospitality Industry
  • FSM2080: Food Service Operations
  • FSM4061: Advanced Food Service Operations Management