Friday, 13 September 2019 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM EST

409 E 59th St, New York, NY, 10022, United States

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Friday, 13 September 2019 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM EST

Guastavino's, 409 E 59th St, New York, NY, 10022, United States.


For over 25 years, BCA has partnered with leading industry professionals to feature culinary dishes with an array of the best wines from around the world. Culinary students will have the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with seasoned chefs.   

The Food & Wine Experience compliments the BCA’s Mission to advance diversity to the highest ranks of the culinary and beverage industry. At this event, aspiring culinary and beverage professionals learn about the industry; established restaurateurs, sommeliers, and importers network and display their brands and achievements. BCAGlobal also honors the dedication of leaders and role models in the wine & spirits industry with the Vision in Wine & Spirits Award.

Here's a video of last years Food and Wine Experience!

This year’s 2019 Vision Award will be presented to Marty Tennant and Brian Martinez. Two extremely talented individuals who through hard work and drive have built a successful career in the Food, Wine and Spirit Industry.

BCAGlobal Announces Vision In Wine Honorees:








Marty Tennant 

Diageo On-Premise Execution Business Manager,
Metro NY

Marty Tennant is an accomplished sales manager who has navigated a successful career in the Wine & Spirits industry for the past 18 years, covering the NY Metro and NJ territory. She is a demonstrated leader with a proven track record for developing and implementing innovative sales initiatives and driving brand development/partnership programs. 

Prior to joining Empire Merchants, Tennant was the Portfolio Manager at Remy Cointreau USA for five years where she earned the National Portfolio Manager of the Year Award and received a National Award on Innovation Brands. 

In 2015, Tennant joined Empire Merchants as a Field Sales Manager in the United On-Premise Multi-Cultural division, where she amassed several notable awards including FSM of The Year Multi-Cultural Division, Diageo Golden Bar Nominee Metro NY, MHUSA North America President’s Award for Best Achievement in On-Premise Activation, and was inducted into the Hennessy Honor Society. Currently, Marty is the On-Premise Business Manager for Diageo in Metro New York. 

Tennant matriculated at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC on a full basketball scholarship. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and graduated honors with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. Post-graduation, she continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and the Harvard Business School Executive Program.



Brian Martinez

Owner of Fresco's Cantina, The Bronx Barber Shop,
and The Coffee Break Company

With over 20 years of Hospitality experience, Brian Martinez subsequently worked in the Wine and Spirit Industry, doing marketing and portfolio management in the multi-cultural segment for several key brands including; Bacardi, Remy Martin, Brown Foreman, Leblon, Pernod Ricard, Kalula, Malibu, and Chivas in the both on and off-premise Multicultural Market.  During this time, Brian also started his own consulting business, The Beyond Consulting Group where he helped new business owners with concept creation, opening their businesses, staff development and design creation of food and beverage programs.

In May 2015, he opened his first concept in food, Travesias in the Bronx.  He continued to grow and evolve his brand by opening several other businesses, including a The Coffee Break Company and The Bronx Barber Shop. 

Brian is Board Member on Community Board 10 in the Bronx, he offers his businesses to special interest groups for events throughout the year.  These include:Partnering with Brown Paper Bag NYC to give haircuts to the homeless and providing “Back to School Cuts” for children in the South Bronx at The Bronx Barber Shop,Hosting Kids’ Book Clubs, Poetry Nights and Pop-up Shops for local artists and entrepreneurs at The Coffee Break Company in the Bronx, Hosting networking and women’s empowerment events at Fresco’s Cantina in Astoria. Fresco’s Cantina is also a safe space that serves as an LGBTQ-friendly restaurant which also hosts the only Drag Brunch in Queen


Confirmed Wine and Spirits to Follow - Confirmed Chefs and exhibitors Include: 

  • Chef Winston Chiu c/o ReThink Food
  • Pastry Chef-Lenise Streeter
  • Chef Dennis Williams c/o Brooklyn Job Corp
  • Damascus Bakery
  • Solomon & Kuff
  • Fleurimond Catering
  • Blondie Divine Desserts
  • Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
  • Mere Viola Sweet Delights
  • Make My Cake and Cafe
  • Chef Isaiah Maki
  • Chef Kavon William Langley
  • Chef Cutter Cartier
  • Chef Joel Javier
  • Upcakes and Treats Shop 
  • Chef Troys Table
  • Sweet Tea Baked Goodies
  • Chef Jose Gonzales 
  • Chef Shorne Benjamin

This important evening is the only event in the country celebrating diversity, using the food and beverage industry as a nexus to bring people together. The realization that the act of sharing and consuming food and beverage has become detached from its traditional cultural contexts has emerged. The purpose is to reconnect food to cultural heritage and the community, through social nourishment in the context of “Enjoy Food and Beverage Responsibly”.


***Dress code is Business Casual***


By attending our event, not only will you be exposed to the finest cuisines and drinks, you will also be part of the collective effort to build diversity in the culinary arts and hospitality. The world now has the luxury of enjoying unique and creative cuisines inspired by various cultures thanks to the passionate professionals from all backgrounds who bring every element of who they are into their menu.  

You will be surprised to discover a wide range of unique and delightful artists who will be at the event to serve you their most tasteful and creative dish. 

BCA Global is dedicated to celebrating and advancing such diversity in food, wine and hospitality industry and nurturing these talents – across all ethnicities, cultures, and genders - to achieve their fullest potential. We also support unique passions of those who are committed to improving consumption of healthy and organic food.

We are one of very few nonprofits in the world that advocates for diversity in this food industry we all can’t live without. So please come join us with your favorite food buddies and eat and drink merrily for a darn good cause!

***Dress code is Business Casual***


For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities please contact BCAGlobal at info@bcaglobal.org or (212) 643-6570.

BCA Global is a non-profit culinary, foodservice and educational membership organization. Our mission is to create awareness, exposure and career advancing opportunities for people of color within the culinary industry. We are the only organization that advocates equity in the largest industry in America. We connect young culinary, hospitality and aspiring foodservice professionals with a network of career opportunities within the industry. We also provide much-needed advocacy for equity within all aspects of foodservice. This not only includes career opportunities but also the conversations around the standards necessary for someone of color to be successful in the largest industry in America. The end goal is supporting diversity from a social-economic perspective. We encourage young people to explore the world of culinary arts and hospitality through formal training, professional networking and mentoring. We encourage open discussions about diversity and cultural awareness with hiring managers with the objective of starting engaging conversations through a racial equity lens.

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