News and Events


      • 9/29 Kahoot Wine and Food event 5-7 (Hospitality House)
      • 10/13 Beer event (Hospitality House)
      • 10/27 Pop Up (Hospitality House)
      • 10/31 4th Annual Leven School Hoot-enanny & Candy Jamboree (In front of the Commons)
      • 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1 Pop Ups (Hospitality House)
      • 12/8 Holiday event (Hospitality House)

      The Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality hosts pop-up restaurants, food and beverage pairings, cooking classes and other engagement activities that are designed to provide educational opportunities for the community while also providing our students with the chance to practice their culinary and hospitality skills. If you would like to receive email announcements of our events, please send your email address to

      • Christian

        Christian Hardigree, professor of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality, and Director of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University featured in WalletHub’s recent study examining 2016's best winter holiday destinations.

        What is the Outlook for the winter travel season?

        This winter will likely involve more domestic travel as travelers are cautious about perceptions of unrest abroad. As a result, the more adventurous traveler may find exceptional deals on flights and accommodations. With the warmer weather trends in early-winter, there will be more travel to places like Chicago, New York, and Denver, as many look for their "winter fix" for the upcoming holiday season.

        What are the best travel options for families?

        Theme parks win out for the younger family members, and the warmer weather adds to the allure for other members (grandparents, aunts, and uncles) to join the family getaway. At the same time, many families seek out the bunny slopes for their munchkins, tying in a robust workout as part of their holiday. Cruises will be a big winner this year, as the programming fits a wide variety of interests. This year will involve closer trips - the long car drive or the short airplane hop. For the older kids in the family, they are looking for excitement - adrenaline, outdoorsy, ATV-style fun.

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        • thor

          Former Chef Thor Erlingsson, chef and instructor of international management in the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality, was featured in a recent issue of Cobb Life magazine, a publication of the Marietta Daily Journal that covers lifestyle matters in Cobb County, including food and dining, home and décor, fitness, and the interesting people who reside in the county.

          The article “In the Kitchen: Simplifying the Holiday Meal” shares several of Erlingsson’s recipes that are designed to break up the monotony of holiday meals yet can be prepared easily by the average home cook.

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            • walker

              Walker recognized for leading the way in evaluating the culinary experience

              Nicholas Walker, part-time instructor for the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality, was featured in a Marietta Daily Journal article on Oct. 29.

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              Leven School receives visit from fourteen Congressional staff members

              The Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality was selected as one of the showcase programs featured as part of a tour by fourteen congressional staff members on Oct. 18.

            • Turner

              Media giant Ted Turner attends Leven School student-operated pop-up restaurant

              Media giant and philanthropist Ted Turner attended the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality’s (Leven School) student-operated Pop-Up Restaurant Capstone class on March 25.

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              Leven School director serves as Brian Jordan Center for Excellence and professional development chair and board member

              The KSU Brian Jordan Center for Excellence and Professional Development at LakePoint held its inaugural board meeting on Friday, Feb 5. Leven School director, Christian Hardigree, serves as a board member for this Center as well as the chair of its program committee.

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              Leven School students and Chef Thor serve at 17th annual Visionary Dinner

              Chef Thorir Erlingsson and 25 culinary students helped to raise awareness and funding for Southface’s work in sustainable community development,

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              Michael A. Leven returns to launch the schools top industry leaders guest speakers series

              What does Airbnb and Uber look like in the future for the hospitality industry? That’s one of a dozen questions that Kennesaw State students asked industry veteran Michael Leven during a guest lecture in Prillaman Hall auditorium Sept. 3, 2015.