Trinchero Family Estates Hosts Military Personnel and National Restaurant Association Executives

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In partnership with the National Restaurant Association (NRA), The Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence Program brought 25 outstanding U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine servicemen and women to the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena to help develop their culinary and foodservice management skills, culminating with an awards dinner at Trinchero Napa Valley winery in St. Helena, hosted by Trinchero Family Estates (TFE).

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“Culinary and nutritional training is vitally important in our military services, and we are proud to support The National Restaurant Association’s role in these efforts.” Bill Barry, Vice President of National Accounts for Trinchero Family Estates noted.

In partnership with the National Restaurant Association (NRA), The Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence Program brought 25 outstanding U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine servicemen and women to the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena to help develop their culinary and foodservice management skills, culminating with an awards dinner at Trinchero Napa Valley winery in St. Helena, hosted by Trinchero Family Estates (TFE).

Notable guests included Jack Kleckner Vice President International Government Sales, Ecolab; Chef Russell Scott, Dean of Education CIA; Major Richard Kohler, Director Marine Corp Foodservices; Chief Master Sergeant Kyle Robinette, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Air Force Services; Mike Gibbons, Main Street Ventures, National Restaurant Association Education Foundation Board of Trustees Treasurer; Mariko Escalante, National Sales Director, Commercial Cutlery, Victorinox; Joe Kruszewski, Military Major Account Manager, Kraft Foods Group, Inc.; John Simmons, President, Bridgford Foods Corporation; Chief Master Sergeant Bo Thornton, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services; Major General Kessler, Commander, Marine Corps Installations Command and ADC I&L; and other military personnel and executives from the NRA and TFE.

“Culinary and nutritional training is vitally important in our military services, and we are proud to support The National Restaurant Association’s role in these efforts,” Bill Barry, Vice President of National Accounts for Trinchero Family Estates noted. “As a Napa-valley based company, we are pleased that we were invited to host this distinguished group at our Trinchero Napa Valley winery for the second year in a row.”

The NRA has been a long standing supporter of the military, including the presentation of the Air Force’s John L. Hennessy Award and support of the Hennessy Travelers Association Educational Foundation’s (HTAEF) Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence. The NRA was established in 1919 and represents the industry and the general public in interfacing with the government in matters related to the food service industry.

For four decades, the NRA has been the major industry sponsor of the Air Force Hennessy Trophy Awards Program, providing the Air Force with one of the finest motivational tools for better food service management and customer service. The Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence program each year brings 25 outstanding U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine servicemen and women to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone for a week-long educational program to help develop their culinary and foodservice management skills. This year’s program was held November 5-9, 2013.

The Hennessy award is named after John L. Hennessy, recognized by US presidents as a leader in his field, and one of the nation's most capable and respected hotel and restaurant executives. In 1943, when Mr. Hennessy was Vice President of Hilton, the largest hotel corporation in the world at that time, President Roosevelt appointed him as Chairman of the War Food Committee to develop food service systems capable of sustaining millions of military personnel. He became the Special Food Consultant to the Secretary of War and was responsible for controlling meat production and processing during the war. The memory of John Lawrence Hennessy lives on in the annual Air Force Hennessy competition—a testimonial to his efforts in the food service field.

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Trinchero Family Estates (“TFE”) is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The company produces more than 28 brands including Sutter Home, Trinchero Napa Valley, Main Street, Napa Cellars, Terra d’Oro, Montevina, Trinity Oaks, Folie à Deux, Ménage à Trois, and the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre. TFE markets and sells Joel Gott Wines; Bandit, Newman’s Own, and The SHOW. TFE import portfolio includes Angove Wines from Australia; Doña Paula wines from Argentina; Carmen Wines from Chile; Shatter Wines from France; and CRUZ and Tres Agaves Tequilas from Mexico. Visit http://www.tfewines.com to learn more.

Contacts:
Nora Feeley, Public Relations Director
707-963-5928 ext. 2160 / Cell 303-589-4860
nfeeley(at)tfewines(dot)com

Carissa Abazia, Public Relations Specialist
707-963-5928 ext. 2610 / Cell 707-321-7019
cabazia(at)tfewines(dot)com

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