Fred Parks Boardroom
|Fine dining and world-class wine.|
In 1994, Fred Parks, a trial lawyer, philanthropist and enthusiastic wine connoisseur, donated an impressive collection of fine and rare wines to Hilton College. Since 2007, thanks to a generous grant from the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, the College has showcased Parks' wine collection in an elegant boardroom setting that is perfect for both business meetings and more intimate dinners and receptions.
The Fred Parks Boardroom, on the second floor of the Hilton University of Houston, is a stylish alternative venue for executive breakfast, lunch or dinner meetings—complete with a 50-inch Plasma HD-TV with data ports for multimedia presentations. With seated dining for 28 and receptions for up to 30 guests, the boardroom also offers featured or customized menus with wine pairings. And what a wine selection there is to choose from! The Fred Parks wine collection contains more than 1,000 bottles from the early 1900s to contemporary vintages. The collection specializes in French wines, but has wine selections from around the world. All are available for purchase, depending on the menu and budget for your event.
About the Fred Parks Wine Cellar
Parks' remarkable wine collection became the foundation for the College's Fred Parks Wine Cellar, which is dedicated to promoting knowledge of the wine industry among hospitality students. The Fred Parks Wine Cellar's director, Kevin Simon, hopes to one day turn this wine cellar into an international resource center and a world repository for research, education and training in the study of wine.
Hilton College, through Parks' wine collection, boardroom and the Fred Parks Lecture Series, is dedicated to promoting knowledge of wine "for the masses." The lectures, usually held twice a year, bring in master sommeliers, vintners and other wine experts to talk to students and the public about wine. Past topics have included wine-tasting basics, organic wines and pairing wines with holiday foods. The lecture series is funded through the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation.
Fred Parks died on October 18, 2001 at age 95, and many believe he lived to this spry young age because of his love and passion for good wine. His collection continues to bring opportunity, enlightenment and pleasure to all who visit the Fred Parks Boardroom.
Consider this one-of-a-kind boardroom for your next fine dining gathering. Kevin Simon, our "wine guy," can even tell your guests more about the special bottles in this unique collection if you'd like to add an educational element to your evening. Cheers!