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By: Nichole Jorel

On March 23, 2016, the 1st place team of the 2016 RI Hospitality Education Foundation’s ProStart Culinary Competition was invited to provide a cooking demonstration for the Sysco Food show at the RI Convention Center.  The Golden Patriots from William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School presented attendees with a sampling of their winning dessert from the competition.  They also performed a demonstration on how they prepared and completed their final dish at the competition.  Other students from the school volunteered by assisting vendors with their booths and preparing samples for the attendees.  All of the students were grateful to have this experience that they may not have had if it were not for Sysco Boston and their stellar performance at the state competition.

ProStart is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students, developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation based upon employer needs.  The program has an industry-driven curriculum which helps students build practical skills.  William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School has been a partner with RI Hospitality Education Foundation and ProStart for 15 years.  The Golden Patriots will be representing the state of Rhode Island at the 15th Annual National ProStart Invitational April 29-May 1, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.


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List of Articles
No. Subject Author Date
49 RI Hospitality Education Foundation Teams up with Providence Public Library newfile Managing GroupMonika Jul 25, 2017
On April 12-13, 2017 RI Hospitality Education Foundation had the opportunity to take the ServSafe® Food Handlers course to the Providence Library. The training provided 10 youth members exploring our industry the world of Food Safe...  
48 Students Earn Stephen P. Marra Memorial Scholarship newfile Managing GroupMonika Jul 25, 2017
On June 1, 2017, ProStart student, Caitlin Blain, earned a $1,000 Stephen P. Marra Memorial Scholarship. Caitlin recently graduated from William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical Center and will be attending Johnson & Wales ...  
47 Hospitality Students Develop Hotel Concepts newfile Managing GroupMonika Jul 25, 2017
On June 1, 2017, three groups of seniors from Chariho Career & Technical Center’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program presented hotel concepts to a panel of industry judges. The judges included: · Barbara DeSaia, Johns...  
46 Trio Hosts ProStart Students newfile Managing GroupMonika Jul 25, 2017
On May 10, 2017, Chef Walter Slater and General Manager Joseph Parker of Trio hosted the winning ProStart culinary team from Chariho Career & Technical Center who competed in the 2017 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off. The team’s...  
45 ProStart High School Culinary and Management at Nationals newfile Managing GroupMonika Jul 25, 2017
RI ProStart state champions from Exeter Job Corps Academy and Chariho Career & Technical Center traveled to Charleston, SC April 28-30, 2017 to compete in the National ProStart Invitational. The culinary team from Exeter Job C...  
44 Gracie’s Coaches Exeter Job Corps Academy newfile Managing GroupMonika Jul 25, 2017
Four culinary students from the Exeter Job Corps Academy earned their 1st place title at the 6th Annual RI ProStart High School Culinary and Management Competition. They are now bound for South Carolina to represent Rhode Island at ...  
43 Educator Externship at Matunuck Oyster Bar newfile Managing GroupMonika Jul 25, 2017
On April 25th 2017, owner Perry Raso hosted the Rhode Island ProStart Educators for a meeting, tour and tasting. During the visit at the Matunuck Oyster Bar & tour of their Aquaculture and Agriculture farms, our educators became s...  
42 Hilton Providence Hosts Hospitality Students newfile Managing GroupMonika Jul 25, 2017
On December 21, 2016, the Hilton Providence hosted 10 high school hospitality students from Chariho Career & Technical Center for a job shadow day. The students were afforded the opportunity to meet managers from all departments...  
41 ProStart High School Culinary and Management Competition new Managing GroupMonika Jul 25, 2017
On February 16, the RI Hospitality Education Foundation hosted its 6th Annual ProStart High School Culinary and Management Competition. Nearly 40 students from 5 local Career and Technical High Schools demonstrated a variety of cul...  
40 Chariho Area Career & Technical Center Earns 6th Place at SkillsUSA National Competition file Managing GroupMonika Jul 12, 2016
By: Nichole Jorel SkillsUSA Championships were held from June 21st through June 24th in Louisville, KY.  Over 6,500 students competed in 100 occupational and leadership skill competition areas from across the country.  The state of Rhode ...  
39 Do Your Customers Know the Difference Between Service and Hospitality? Managing GroupMonika May 31, 2016
  Do Your Customers Know the Difference Between Service and Hospitality? In his bestselling book, "Setting the Table", Danny Meyer expresses the distinction between service and hospitality in this way: Service is the ...  
38 Where will you find your next job candidate? file Managing GroupMonika May 31, 2016
By:Heather Singleton, Chief Operating Officer You may want to consider hiring a work release candidate from the Department of Corrections.  Hear me out on this….I attended the Roadmap for Reentry Summit that was sponsored by the US Attorney...  
37 Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day file Managing GroupMonika May 31, 2016
The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina hosted culinary and technology students from Chariho Career & Technical Center and Newport Area Career & Technical Center on May 25, 2016 for a Job Shadow Day.  General Manager, Kristin...  
36 2016 Seafood Cook-Off file Managing GroupMonika May 31, 2016
On May 9, 2016, students from Chariho Career and Technical Center, Warwick Area Career and Technical Center, the Cranston Career and Technical Center and William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical Center competed in a cook off featuri...  
35 National ProStart Invitational 2016 Managing GroupMonika May 31, 2016
Rhode Island’s ProStart State Champions from William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School Management and Culinary teams competed at the National ProStart Invitational in Grapevine, Texas from April 29-May 1.  The teams competed ...  
» ProStart Students Conduct Cooking Demonstration at Sysco Food Show file Managing GroupMonika Apr 20, 2016
By: Nichole Jorel On March 23, 2016, the 1st place team of the 2016 RI Hospitality Education Foundation’s ProStart Culinary Competition was invited to provide a cooking demonstration for the Sysco Food show at the RI Convention Center.  T...  
33 5th Annual ProStart Competition file Managing GroupMonika Mar 24, 2016
The 5th Annual Rhode Island ProStart Competition, sponsored by RI Hospitality Education Foundation, US Foods and Ecolab, was held on March 10, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Newport.  Four local schools had teams representing them from Chari...  
32 The high cost of not training your staff…. file Managing GroupMonika Mar 24, 2016
By: Kristie Costa, Manager of Workforce Development Headlines abound with Chipotle and Norovirus and if you think it can’t happen to your business, think again.  Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that infects 20 million people each...  
31 Operator Excellence Series – “Serving Up Social Media” file Managing GroupMonika Feb 26, 2016
Joe Vigliotti, District Sales Manager, US. Foods, kicking off “Serving Up Social Media” “Serving Up Social Media”, the first of a four part Operator Excellence Series, was held at the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport on February 22nd...  
30 How Many Food Recalls have you heard about this month…. Managing GroupMonika Feb 26, 2016
02.26.16 By: Kristie Costa, Manager, Workforce Development, RI Hospitality Education Foundation There have been 19 food recalls in the first half of February.  Some recalls are due to mislabeling or food allergens not being identified ...