Lynn’s College of Hospitality announces fall food and wine tasting series

This 2-part tasting series helps attendees learn about holiday food and wine pairings

Published Oct. 19, 2010

Lynn University’s College of Hospitality Management is offering a two-part wine tasting series beginning next week. Each event will feature five wines presented with tapas food pairings. Christine Najac, a certified Sommelier and adjunct professor of wine appreciation at Lynn, will discuss the background and characteristics of each wine. Craig Schmantowsky, Lynn’s chef in residence, will describe the inspiration and preparation of each dish.

The classes are held on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. on Lynn’s campus. Price per session is $45. Tickets can be purchased online at or call the box office at 561-237-9000. Participants must be 21-years-old to attend. All wines to be provided by Republic National Distributing Company. For more information on the series, contact Stella Quintero.

The wine series schedule includes:

  • Nov. 18 – Old World for Thanksgiving. Participants will taste and pair wines from France, Italy and Spain, not just Beaujolais in the Louis and Anne Green Center.
  • Dec. 8 – Sparkle for the holidays. Participants will celebrate with sparkling wines from around the world in the Henke Wing in the de Hoernle International Center.

More on Najac and Schmantowsky

Najac is the editor of, and she writes the monthly dining destinations article for Fort Lauderdale’s Go Riverwalk magazine. In addition, Najac is a hospitality marketing consultant often organizing food and wine pairing events, wine dinners and educational programs.

Schmantowsky has hospitality experience at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club, the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach and the Boca Raton Resort & Club. He has traveled around the United States to compete in American Culinary Federation Competitions, winning several awards both as a professional and as a student competitor.