In 1995, The School’s Alumni Association began a tradition designed to honor alumni who in many different ways have brought distinction to their alma mater, credit to their careers, and a legacy to the hospitality industry. A new class is inducted to the Hall of Fame and honored in New York City at The School’s annual Celebration of Leadership each fall during the HX Show (formerly International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show). Honorees are nominated and voted upon by The School’s Alumni Association Executive and Appointed Boards of Directors Members.
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Culinary Business Learning (CBLL) was officially unveiled on Thursday, October 20, 2011. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation supplied half of the funding for the CBLL, which occupies 11,158 square feet in the garden level of the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.
Renovations to the space began fall semester 2010, after $4.1 million was raised to create a revitalized demonstration theater, teaching kitchens, Alumni Hall of Fame, display gallery, gathering space, and dining room. An emphasis was placed throughout on sustainable materials and using renewable resources.