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The Hospitality Gala, benefitting the Hospitality Management Program at Auburn University, returns for its 26th year on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m.

The 2017 Gala will showcase culinary works by nine chefs, as well as wine pairings from wine makers across the country. Chefs include Chef Kyle Knall, Executive Chef and Managing Partner of Maysville in New York City and Kenton’s Restaurant in New Orleans; two-time James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Erik Niel, owner of Easy Bistro & Bar and Main Street Meats in Chattanooga; Chef Alex Harrell, chef-owner of Angeline in New Orleans; Chef Antony Osborne, National Dean of Culinary and Hospitality Programs with the Education Corporation of America;  Chef Leo Maurelli, Executive Chef at A*T Ariccia Trattoria and The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center; Chef Rob McDaniel, General Manager and Executive Chef at SpringHouse Restaurant at Russell Crossroads on Lake Martin; Chef David Bancroft, chef-owner of Acre in Auburn; Chef Miguel A. Figueroa, Executive Chef of Moore’s Mill Country Club, Fountainview Mansion and Amsterdam Café, all in Auburn; and Chef C.R. “Robbie” Nicolaisen, Executive Chef at The Hound in Auburn.

Wine makers include Juelle Fisher, Proprietor of Fisher Vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma; Axel Schug, Managing Partner of Schug Winery in Carneros Region; and Randy Snowden, Managing Director of Snowden Vineyards in Napa Valley.

The evening will begin at 5:30 with a reception that includes a meet and taste with chefs and wine makers, as well as a silent auction featuring trips to New York City, original artwork, jewelry and more. At 7 p.m., guests will begin a four-course, chef-guided culinary journey, followed by an awards presentation and live auction that includes an Andes Mountain Vineyard Expedition, VIP club seats for Lady Gaga’s Atlanta concert on Nov. 28, a South African Safari with Wine for two and many others.

“The Hospitality Gala supports the next generation of top-tier hospitality leadership, and we are proud to be a part of Auburn’s nationally recognized program,” said The Hotel at Auburn University’s Managing Director Hans van der Reijden. “The Gala is a wonderful example of an elegant event for a great cause.”

The 2016 Gala raised $310,000 for the Hospitality Management Program at Auburn University, which event planners aim to top this year. The Gala has served as the main fundraising event for the Program since 1992. As proceeds directly benefit the program, students and faculty from the department have a hand in planning, executing and facilitating the event from start to finish.

Limited tickets are available for $150 per person. For additional information on The Hospitality Gala or to purchase tickets, visit