Legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase and esteemed hospitality industry leader Joseph A. McInerney will deliver keynote addresses during the University of New Orleans’ inaugural Hospitality Expo on Oct. 18.
The event, held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sen. Ted Hickey Ballroom of the University Center, promises to bring together alumni, students, faculty and representatives from more than 30 hotels, restaurants and more in celebration of UNO’s successful master’s program in hospitality and tourism management and bachelor’s program in hotel restaurant and tourism administration.
Chase, who is known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, has operated Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans since the 1950s. Once a well-known gathering place for civil rights leaders in the 1960s, Dooky Chase’s is considered a must-visit restaurant for locals and tourists, famous for dishes such as red beans and rice, gumbo, fried chicken, shrimp Clemenceau and stuffed shrimp.
During the course of her career, Chase has received countless awards, recognitions and honorary degrees. She was honored with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year award in 2009 and was recently inducted into the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.
McInerney is president and CEO of McInerney Hospitality International LLC, a full service international consulting firm. He is also emeritus president and chief executive officer of AH&LA, the largest trade association representing the U.S. lodging industry, and the author of “Change is the New Status Quo,” a book about leadership, management, people, and lessons learned.
McInerney has more than 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors as president and CEO of ITT Sheraton’s Franchise Division, Hawthorn Suites, Trusthouse Forte Hotels for the Americas, the Pacific Asia Travel Association, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Throughout his career, McInerney has been a change agent – growing brands, creating earning streams, increasing profits, enhancing brand images, and significantly improving employee morale at the companies and associations.
Chase will speak at 11 a.m. and McInerney at 11:45 a.m.
In addition to the keynote addresses, visitors will be treated to food demonstrations and samples from Ralph Brennan Restaurants and 12 Seasons Catering as well as ice and fruit carving by Marriott, mask-making by Mardi Gras World and coffee and ice cream bars.
Learn more and RSVP today at hospitality.uno.edu.