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Famous Chef Sees Potential in La Porte

(La Porte, IN) - La Porte has the potential to become a leader in the hospitality industry, according to internationally acclaimed Chef Marcelo Marino during his March 28th presentation in downtown La Porte.


"La Porte has all the ingredients to become a Hospitality Industry Leader in the region. The talent, the desire, the knowledge, and the passion are there. Together we can create wonderful experiences for our community,” he said.


Marino was the keynote speaker for the first Hospitality Excellence Series hosted by the La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership in partnership with the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce. Marino is also a restauranteur and educator in what’s been, so far, a 35 year career in the industry.


He also emphasized the importance of businesses working together instead of seeing each other as competition and thinking outside the box for appealing to customers. 


“Chef Marcelo Marino is an example of what it takes to not only bring the hospitality segment together, but a community. We have great assets in our local restaurants, and we need to show them support. I hope the event along with his energy and excitement for our community galvanize our businesses to come together and work cooperatively,” said LEAP President of Business Services Mike Riehle.

The next session will be at Hotspot Café at 602 Lincolnway on May 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m., focusing on marketing and sales.


If you are a professional in the restaurant/hospitality industry and are interested in joining the Excellence Series, please reach out to Riehle at miker@laportepartnership.com to learn more.

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