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Source: Betsy Barrett, 785-532-2208,
News release prepared by: Jane Marshall, 785-532-1519,

Friday, Sept. 17, 2010


MANHATTAN -- "The best wines you've never tasted" will be featured at a wine and cheese tasting, Friday, Sept. 24, sponsored by the Kansas State University student chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association.

The event will be from 5-7 p.m. in Hoffman Lounge at Justin Hall. Wines to be sampled retail for $15 to $20 a bottle. They include sparkling, white, red and dessert wines such as Ca Vittoria Prosecco from Italy, Gysler Silvaner Halbtrocken from Germany, Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell from Spain and the French Le Tertre du Lys Sauternes.

Each will be paired with exotic and traditional cheeses.

Tickets cost $10 for students 21 and over and $15 for faculty and guests. Tickets are available by contacting or a Professional Convention Management Association student representative.

Profits will go toward student expenses at the annual association meeting in Las Vegas and other chapter travel. Some funds will be donated to Manhattan Emergency Shelter, the chapter's charity.

Chad Bowman, account manager at LDF Sales and Distributing, is donating the wine. He teaches wine classes in the department of hospitality management and dietetics.

Students pulling the event together are: Kristin Smith, sophomore in hotel and restaurant management, Hesston; Tara Farley, senior in human ecology and hotel and restaurant management, Larned.

From Manhattan: Rhonda Cameron, senior in hotel and restaurant management; Mallory Menard, senior in hotel and restaurant management; and Gretchen Smiley, senior in hotel and restaurant management.

Kyle Ledford, senior in hotel and restaurant management, Overland Park; Breana Hennes, senior in hotel and restaurant management, Wichita.

From out of state: Jen Larsen, senior in hotel and restaurant management, Cheyenne Wells, Colo.; and Megan Ferguson, senior in mass communications, St. Michael, Minn.

Betsy Barrett, associate professor of hospitality management and dietetics, is the chapter sponsor.