Food and Drink

March 20th, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

This week is Spring Break, which is disappointing for all of the wrong reasons. First, I will spend most of the week doing homework since we have the two day marathon in Marketing High Tech Products this weekend. There is so much reading to do. I have no idea how I’m going to remember everything from all of the cases we’re expected to read. Past students (and Professor Frels herself) have warned me that there is a lot of cold calling that goes on in the class. At least the cases are interesting. As an old loyalist to Sega’s video game systems, I really enjoyed reading about the comedy of errors surrounding the product launch of the Dreamcast.

The second reason I’m disappointed that it is Spring Break is that we won’t be having class tonight in Strategic Growth for Emerging Companies. For the last two weeks, we have been treated to some outstanding food and drink in the service of learning about growth strategies. Last week, Chap Gage from Susan Gage Catering came in to discuss human resources issues and brought a massive selection of cookies and pastries prepared by his in-house chef. The previous week, Matt Fleischer of the Hook and Ladder Brewing Company came by to discuss the recent success of his business and he brought a case of beer. It was good stuff. I was thrilled to hear that they will be opening a restaurant in the old fire house on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. Both Matt and Chap are Smith alumni, but that doesn’t factor into my recommendations of their products. They both took care of us. Unfortunately, I think that’s the last of our guest speakers who will bring anything delicious.

I’ll be filling up my normal class time tonight with more practice for the VCIC. We’re in this to win, and any extra preparation is worth it. It’s like taking a third class, but it is worth it. When it is all said and done, I’ll need a pint of Hook and Ladder Golden Ale to celebrate.

It’s two months to graduation. How time flies.