RIT Puttin' on the Ritz dinner plates

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Collection Overview
Biographical/Historical Information
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
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RIT Puttin' on the Ritz dinner plates
Inclusive Date(s)
1987-1997, 2000-2005, 2007-2008, and 2010-2015
The RIT Puttin' on the Ritz dinner plates consists of 26 specially designed plates from this event held in 1987-1997, 2000-2005, 2007-2008, and 2010-2015. The annual event is hosted by the School of Hospitality and Travel Management as a means of fundraising for the RIT Hospitality Education Fund.
4.0 Boxes (banker boxes)
C.S. South, Shelf 10-12
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical/Historical Information (Collapse)

Dating back to 1986, the "Puttin' on the RITz" dinner sponsored by the Department of Food, Hotel and Travel Management, now the  Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management was developed by students and faculty as a means of fundraising for the Rochester Institute of Technology Hospitality Education Fund. Over the years, the dinner has grown from a gathering of approximately 60 alumni, family, faculty and friends in Henry's restaurant on the RIT campus to a gala event that caters to more than 300 guests.

The well-attended Puttin' on the RITz dinner is student managed and organized to afford students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned in their coursework, and apply their newly learned skills to the real world of hospitality. Students manage all the logistics and details—from selecting location to fully taking charge of the kitchen—the event never fails to delight all its guests.

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The Puttin' on the RITz dinner has become a celebrated annual tradition in the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation's Hospitality and Tourism Management Department. The event traces its roots back to 1986 when a student club organized a fundraising event that has since developed into one of the college's—and RIT's—favorite galas.

Each year a dinner plate is specially designed according to the theme of the event. Box 1 contains years 1987-1994; Box 2 contains 1995-2002; Box 3 contains 2003-2010; and Box 4 contains 2011-2015.

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There are eight dinner plates individually packaged in one box.

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Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology. College of Applied Science & Technology. Hospitality and Service Management.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. College of Applied Science and Technology . School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation.


  • dinner plates
  • Educational fund raising -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Student activities -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Ephemera

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Preferred Citation

RIT Puttin' on the Ritz dinner plates, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Legal Status note

C.S. South, East Wall, Shelf 86

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Accession Information

This collection was donated by the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Accession number(s): 07:52

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in December 2011.

Revision Description

 Added new dates for new plates added to collection 06/11/2015

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