This year's HospitaBull will be the eighth annual event.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM, the Ritz-Carlton to present HospitaBull

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: March 05, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 05, 2018)USF Sarasota-Manatee’s annual “HospitaBull” to raise funds for the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership (CHTL) is scheduled March 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive.

An elegant and memorable dining event, HospitaBull brings together renowned Ritz-Carlton chefs with CHTL faculty and students. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails start at 6 p.m. Cocktail attire.

Bulls Notebook: USFSM, the Ritz-Carlton present HospitaBull

Dr. Joe Askren

“Hospitality students from two classes will work alongside Ritz-Carlton staff both in the back of the house and front of the house,” hospitality management instructor Dr. Joe Askren said. “We have an amazing event planned, and I hope that folks come out for a terrific evening while supporting our students.”

Tickets are $150. Sponsorships are also available, starting at just $350. Proceeds assist the college with support for professional development and attendance at hospitality conferences. HospitaBull was founded in 2011 to support the CHTL.

For reservations or more information, contact Pam Gleason at or 941-359-4603. Or for more information about HospitaBull, visit

Conference to focus on career women

USF Sarasota-Manatee is hosting a career women’s conference this month with four dynamic speakers: Sarasota County Court Judge Erika Quartermaine; Erin Duggan, vice president of Visit Sarasota; Lisl Liang, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of SRQ Media; and Manatee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Diana Greene.

USF Sarasota-Manatee seminar, diplomat to discuss Cuba relations

Dr. Karen Holbrook

This engaging and uplifting conference, the Career Success Women’s Forum, is free and open to the public. The event is scheduled March 22, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook will open the conference and each speaker will make brief remarks before the event is turned over to audience members for a Q&A session.

Come hear how these incredible women achieved career success. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or to register, visit Registration is required and will be open until two days before the event.

Creativity Conference is set

The 15th annual Florida Creativity Conference is scheduled March 23-25 in Sarasota. This year’s conference offers 50 creativity workshops with a who’s who of presenters from nine states, Colombia, the Netherlands and Canada.

“The importance of growing human creativity at this time in the 21st century cannot be overestimated with innovation being recognized as an essential for business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators,” conference Co-Chair Hedria Lunken Salzman said.

Participants will learn from experts in problem solving and creative innovation. Experts include Lee Kitchen, a 30-year Disney veteran; actor, director and playwright Nate Jacobs; and Josh Mahaney, a member of the Orlando Magic’s Innovation Lab team, who will deliver a keynote speech.

Workshops will be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee (March 23-24) and the Florida Studio Theatre (March 25). Attendees can attend one day, two days or all three.

For more information, or to register, visit

Chef Darwin to visit Bulls Bistro

Chef Darwin Santa Maria, an internationally recognized master of Peruvian-style cooking, is set to bring his award-winning talents to the Bulls Bistro next month.

The owner of Darwin’s Evolutionary Cuisine in Sarasota, Chef Darwin has won numerous awards and cooked for a James Beard dinner.

At the Bulls Bistro, a USF Sarasota-Manatee event, diners will watch as he prepares his unique creations in our demonstration kitchen. This engaging culinary event is scheduled April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at USFSM’s Culinary Innovation Lab on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

Tickets are $25. For tickets and more information, visit

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