I had more fun this weekend than probably any other weekend at Cornell! Why? Because I wasn’t doing homework. Because it was my first Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) weekend and most certainly not my last!
To put it simply, HEC is an annual weekend-long, student-takeover of the Statler Hotel. HEC is a showcase of everything that us Hotelies learn throughout the year and at HEC we can put this into practice. While some of my friends created the menus and cooked for the banquet events this weekend, other friends of mine designed the events, or served and escorted guests to their rooms. Some speakers included
- Ted Teng ’79: President and CEO of LHW
- Jim Abrahamson: CEO of Interstate Hotels
- Celia Erickson ’12: the fabulous Hotel School Ambassador who helped me get accepted to Cornell off the waitlist
- Here is the full guest list in case you’re interested!
I was a back-of-house (and occasionally front-of-house) photographer so I got to see many different sides to HEC and got to peek my head in just about everywhere! (It also turns out that everyone in my foodservice operations class who volunteered got extra credit!) I got to try some amazing foods this weekend, (including pig heart and foie gras) and met a lot of new people. I couldn’t be any happier with how my first HEC turned out. Instead of writing about it, I’ll just show you what I’ve been up to and why it’s been so long since I’ve written to you! Additionally, stay tuned for an even better post about Saturday night’s dinner and closing cocktail.
THURSDAY prep/ EGBOK dinner:
The dinner on Thursday night was themed “EGBOK Mission” which stands for “Everything’s Gonna Be Ok” It was a head to tail pork tasting, featuring everything from pig ears to pig hearts and it was a great concept! Did I mention that I got to try every one of these dishes?