A Beginners Guide to Hospitality Management as a Career

A Beginners Guide to Hospitality Management as a Career | ECPI University | Culinary Institute of VirginiaHospitality management is a broad industry, containing positions for people with many different skill sets. The first step in beginning a career in this field is to decide which of these positions to pursue. The three most common hospitality jobs are lodging management, food service management, and event planning.

Food service management is the ideal career for those who enjoy feeding people but are not so fond of cooking. Food service managers control the day-to-day operations of restaurants, clubs, bars, and other businesses that sell food. They hire, train, and supervise employees, inspect and replace inventory and supplies, explore and resolve customer complaints, and maintain all budgets and financial bookkeeping. [Read more...]

Culinary Institute of Virginia Graduate Honored

Culinary Insitute of Virginia Graduate Honored | ECPI UniversityErvin Cummings graduated from ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, just over one year ago. In that short time, he has managed to impress a great many people. Ervin works on the U.S.N.S. Spearhead, operated by Military Sealift Command. He’s the ship’s chef but that title fails to capture all he does.

First off, he’s the only chef on the ship. He alone cooks 300 meals per day. What’s more, he is always looking for other ways to serve, including firefighting and assisting with helicopters landings. It’s that level of dedication that led to his being awarded the Able Seaman Oscar Chappell Award. [Read more...]

Career Planning Resources: Recommended Books and eBooks

Career Planning Resources: Recommended Books and eBooks | ECPI UniversityLooking for practical guidance and recommendations on how to find new jobs? Look no further than the ECPI University Libraries’ collection of career-focused books. Professional librarians are ready to assist on a daily basis in the campus library and can be reached from the Internet ‘Ask a Librarian’ web form from the ECPI University Libraries Online web site – http://ecpi.ent.sirsi.net.

Handbooks help job seekers find jobs in the emerging fields in tech disciplines such as cloud, social technologies, mobile, and analytics. Other titles cover a broad range of fields and occupations of computer science, culinary arts, electronic engineering technology, business, criminal justice, and health sciences. The books are written by top career experts who offer their unique experiences to aid all types of job seekers from undergraduate students and change-of- career students to military students making the transition to the civilian work force. Tips include how to stay employable and managing a career for long-term success. [Read more...]

5 Surprising Facts About Food Service Management

5 Surprising Facts About Food Service Management | Culinary Institute of VirginiaThe food service industry earns almost $700 billion annually and, according to the National Restaurant Association, the food services industry employs one out of ten people working in the United States. Food services managers are business savvy, detail oriented, have excellent problem solving and customer service skills, as well as organizational and leadership skills. Food service management is a job where about 40% of those working in a management capacity are self-employed.

The success of any food service business depends largely on how well the business is managed. Competition in the food industry is fierce, and with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, anyone can be a food critic and share their dining experience with the world. Food service management means managing the day-to-day operations of restaurants, cafeterias, schools lunchrooms, or any place that prepares and serves food and beverages to the public. So, if you’ve considering a career in food service management, here are five things you should know: [Read more...]

The Science Behind Taste

Taste is basis of the culinary arts and is one of the senses we use to identify the food we eat. Taste benefitted early humans by indicating which foods were safe for consumption. Sweetness signaled foods with calories for energy, while sourness could indicate the presence of vitamin C; bitter foods were potentially poisonous, whereas salty foods contain important minerals and other nutrients.  For a long time, it was believed that there were only these four classifications of taste – until the recent discovery of a fifth, entirely different “taste” [Read more...]