UNH Students Head to Tuscany
to Study Culinary Arts
Trip Made Possible By $25,000 Grant
From Banfi Vintners Foundation
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
March 30, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- Four students from the University of New Hampshire
are among a select group of students from across the nation who
will study the culture and culinary offerings of Tuscany this summer
through the generosity of the Banfi Vintners Foundation.
The program is privately funded by a $25,000 grant from the Banfi
Vintners Foundation. Joe Durocher, professor of hospitality management
with UNH's Whittemore School of Business and Economics who has taught
beverage management at the university for 18 years, will lead the
students on the trip.
"These students will return with an expanded perspective on
life in another country and a renewed appreciation of what they
have learned in class. As a result, they will become better world
citizens," Durocher said.
UNH's program in Hospitality Management is one of only 10 programs
worldwide that is accredited by both the Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Accreditation Commission
for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). Graduates are
prepared to assume management positions in all areas of the service
sector, with primary emphasis on the hospitality industry.
UNH was one of only six schools nationwide to be selected to receive
the grant. Students will join peers from Shannon Hotel School in
Limerick, Ireland, and the University of Denver during their stay
in Tuscany, which begins Aug. 28.
Durocher explained that the students' experience in Italy is an
extension of UNH's Beverage Management class. In addition to learning
about different beverages, the trip will provide students an opportunity
to learn about the way in which alcohol is considered in other cultures
and will give them an expanded appreciation of how it might be effectively
and responsibly managed in the United States.
"Part of our goal is to expose students to different cultures,
different beverages, different philosophies about alcohol and the
synergy of matching beverages with food. Such an opportunity is
part of our commitment to provide students with relevant, global
education and to ensure the curriculum relates to the real world,"
In-depth classes on a variety of foods and the beverages that
complement them, as well as Italian culture, are part of the study
abroad trip. The curriculum delves into the different soil types
in the estate's vineyards, and on-going efforts to match ideal native
and international grape varieties to individual site conditions.
Lectures discuss and provide samples of locally produced extra virgin
olive oil, cheese, wine, honey, bread and biscotti, with one morning
class devoted to preparing traditional Tuscan dishes. Students will
visit a parmigiano reggiano cheese producer, a Dallari pasta factory,
the Vigne Regali winery, the Riunite winery and vineyards, the Castello
Banfi winery and vineyards, the Lambardi Bakery in Montalcino and
the Franci's Frantoio olive oil producer.
"For a number of years, the foundation has made these kinds
of grants to hospitality management schools. We think it's a way
of planting seeds with young people who are studying to join our
industry. It is the mission of the directors of the foundation to
use these grants to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow," Philip
Calderone, director of the Banfi Vintners Foundation.