Marketing to Latinos and Hispanics Conference
Amanda Smith Caterers:
Amanda Pilar Smith is the owner
and operator of Amanda Smith Caterers, a catering and event planning
company established in 2002.
Originally from Mexico, Amanda is a
graduate of Cornell University’s Hotel and Restaurant School, where she
also received a Masters in Agriculture Economics.
Amanda honed her skills in Thailand,
Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Africa before moving back to her native
Mexico to work for the multi-national company Del Monte Fresh Produce.
There she traveled from coast to coast on the hunt for quality produce
to export to the United States, Europe, and Japan.
In 1996, she moved to Paris where she
researched and wrote a book about the open-air food markets and their
impact on the city’s culture. The book, Paris in a Basket (Könemann,
2000), is fully illustrated with more than 70 recipes and 400
photographs by Amanda and co-author Nicolle Meyer.
Amanda Smith Caterers has catered events
for as many as 1,000 guests for prestigious private, corporate and
non-profit clients including Aeromexico; Alice Temperley; American
Illustration + Photography; Central Park Conservancy; Community Voices
Heard; Dominican Republic Tourism Board; Greg Carr Foundation; Head
Start; Latin Vision Media; Little John Contemporary; Dine, Murphy, Wood
Architects; Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust; Plum Blossoms Gallery;
The Rockefeller Group; US Mexico Chamber of Commerce and WITNESS.
Amanda lives in CT with her
daughter Maruca and is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.
Go the her website
a performing right organization: It collects license fees on behalf
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than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers it
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When you purchase a Coca Cola product, you count on
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In each of the more
than 200 countries where we operate, we are an active member of the
business community, working hand in hand with local individuals,
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the local economy and environment. We know that the continued health
and sustainable growth of our business depends on the long-term
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premiere beer importer in the United States. Brewed since 1863, Heineken
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Moët Hennessy USA is the leading
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The story of Le Grand Chocolat begins
in 1922 with the creation of the Chocolaterie du Vivarais in Tain
l’Hermitage by a pâtissier named Albéric Guironnet. Building on its
reputation for tradition and its strong commitment to pâtissiers,
bakers and confectioners, and the quality of its products, in 1947,
the company changed its name to Valrhona (derived from the Rhone
Valley). In 1984, Valrhona turned its attention to non-professional
customers by offering a range of delicious creations. Five years
later into the 1990s, the company expanded its offerings of
exclusive products and services to professionals from the culinary
The École du Grand Chocolat, created in 1989 by the celebrated
pastry chef and chocolatier Frédéric Bau, is without doubt the best
example of Valrhona’s commitment to its clients. A top-flight
training and research center for professionals seeking inspiration
from all four corners of the world, it is also open to
non-professional food enthusiasts who are interested in discovering
the secrets of the great chefs and Le Grand Chocolat.
In 2006, Valrhona created its Taste Foundation in line with the
company’s philosophy to only seek economic gain achieved through
environmently sound practices that benefit the good of society. The
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use its pursuit for excellence in the service of sustainable and
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Today, with production still centralized in Tain l’Hermitage and an
international presence driven by innovation, Valrhona serves over
13,000 clients - with whom the brand has built a special
relationship that distinguishes it out from the competition – across
over 73 countries. The story of Valrhona is, in fact, a long tale
about TASTE. Expertise of fine cacao beans and mastery of taste,
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It all started when one thirsty man
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Nora S. Favelukes
entered the wine trade in her native Argentina in 1984. Early
professional credits include the post of Export Director at Bodegas
Navarro Correas in Buenos Aires and, as of 1988, as New York-based East
Coast Sales Manager for Vinos Argentinos.
After a year and a half with Vinos Argentinos, Ms. Favelukes was
appointed National Sales Manager for Billington Distributors and was
responsible for the introduction of Bodegas Catena to the United States
before going on to launch her own business in 1995: Quantum Wines, a
consulting firm devoted to the nationwide public relations, marketing
and sales of imported fine wines.
From 1995 through 2000, Ms. Favelukes held the position of Director Fine
Wines for Palm Bay Imports. She has also represented Bodegas Valentin
Bianchi in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Today, she is
consulting for WLIW (PBS NY); is the US representative for Wines of
Argentina and is in charge of the Wines of Uruguay Public Relations’
account, and is a consultant for foreign producers and with importing
companies in the United States.
Bianchi: Over the years, the family of Don Valentin Bianchi
has been developing the integration of two large scale attempts which
today reflect their enterprise: to produce Wines and Champagne of
maximum quality and to achieve it by arranging all the production
factors at their best. This has meant growing vines of selected vine
stocks, using a suitable technology paying special attention to both
climate and soil conditions of our area, as well as careful procedures
devoted to winemaking. Above all, with enthusiasm, dedication and effort
of everyone involved in the task.
The production of our Wines and Sparkling
wines demand the contribution of the Bianchi family who represent the
encouraging spirit, Agricultural scientists together with the skilled
labour in the states who make possible the growth of grapes and, the
skills of qualified Winemakers at the winery combined with consultant
oenologists from different places of the world specialists on each stage
of the vinification process.
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de la Puerta: The
winery and vineyards are located alongside olive groves in a 375 acre
farm owned and operated by VALLE DE LA PUERTA in the Famatina Valley.
This unique valley is 3,280 feet above sea level and near the town of Chilecito
in the province of La Rioja, approximately 300 miles north-northwest of
Mendoza. The climate is semi-arid with large temperature amplitudes
between day and night. The soil is a deep sandy-clay of alluvial origin
and drip irrigation is used from deep wells during bud break
(Sept.-Oct.), veraison (when the berries change color and start
accumulating sugar and water) and after the harvest.
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