Student event planners host etiquette dinner

By Daynie Rivera

Mocktails, dinner under the stars and a jazz band trio sounds like the beginning to a perfect date night.

Inspired by the movie “La La Land,” students from the Association of Student Event Planners from the Collins College of Hospitality Management did just that, but with a twist, with their annual presentation of the City of Stars Etiquette Dinner.

ASEP celebrated its 10year anniversary with an evening dedicated to student success over dinner and drinks.

Many students often worry about their resumes and job interviews, but don’t always consider how to prepare for a business dinner over a meal.

Being prepared for this type of business scenario can also be a key component to landing a job.

“Professionals will draw opinions about someone in how they conduct themselves in a business setting, and if favorable, good, but if bad, it can prevent you from moving forward,” Collins College of Hospitality professor Lesley Butler said.

Everyone including students, family, friends and alumni were encouraged to attend.

The dinner provided students with an opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while learning how to introduce themselves correctly and how to use the proper utensils.

Knowing the correct etiquette behavior can give students the confidence needed in any business situation.

More than 100 tickets were sold, and students from all the colleges on campus came together to make this event another successful one.

Participants included students from the music department for the jazz trio, and the food delivery from Kellogg West.

The event was held from 6-9 p.m. Friday at University Plaza.

Tickets were sold on Eventbrite with general admission set at $30, and $25 for ASEP members and Collins College faculty and staff.

The dinner promptly began with mocktail hour at 6 p.m. where students enjoyed non-alcoholic drinks over friendly conversation with friends and dinner guests.

During this time, students could network among their peers just as they would in a real-life business setting.

Following, the evening was accompanied by a live jazz trio who played a variety of music from today’s hits to Disney classics.

Students walked in dressed to impress in attire from semi-formal to formal with the “La La Land” 1960s theme playing in the background.

Students wore outfits from suits to tuxedos to cocktail dresses and evening gowns.

“I recommend all students attend this type of event because it’s a good way to be exposed to learning about etiquette while having a good time and enjoying the evening with friends and family,” first-year hospitality management student Darlene Khamphasithivong said.

Students experience two table settings from a three-course meal which included a Caesar salad, chicken marsala or spinach and asiago cheese ravioli and cheesecake.

This was followed by a buffet serving style meal while learning all the do’s and don’ts from Butler.

The beginning to a successful business dinner is to first dress appropriately.

It is important to take into consideration the context and culture of the event, since attire can vary from formal to more casual.

Keep your phones on silent for respect and attention to the host, and always give a firm handshake and good eye contact.

“No matter what major you are in, you can learn a lot about the basics of how to act in a professional setting and about the etiquette of the world,” fourth-year political science student Sumaya Bamakhrama said.

Third-year student and ASEP President Adrian Fimbres and the rest of the hospitality and management students were excited and looking forward to seeing their hard work come together.

This year’s event was bigger and better than in years past.

Students should keep a look out for the annual event to take advantage and learn from the etiquette dinner as they prepare for their professional careers.

Attendees enjoyed a mocktail hour, dinner and live music.

Daynie River Lopez / The Poly Post

Attendees enjoyed a mocktail hour, dinner and live music.

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