Holly Mae (Sparks) Lindsay
Holly Mae Sparks-Lindsay hails from central Washington calling Moses Lake her hometown. A daughter, granddaughter and niece to rural farmers; she is passionate about sustainable and responsible “farm to fork” practices through education and activism.
Lindsay graduated from the Culinary Institute of America-Hyde Park in 1996. She followed this with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, with honors, from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1999 and the special distinction of Harrah Hotel College Senior of the year. She maintained a focus on food and beverage during her time at UNLV. She was active with Eta Sigma Delta (hospitality student honor society), wine club, and was a teaching assistant for the college’s restaurant capstone class. During her junior year she was awarded the Harrah’s Hotel College Faculty “Salute to Excellence” scholarship trip to the NRA Chicago Restaurant show, where she met her current employer: Emeril Lagasse.
Lindsay has worked in Emeril’s restaurants since 2001 and is currently the Business Manager for Delmonico Steakhouse. She has also worked for Bristol Hotels and Resorts (Six Continents), Starbucks and Treasure Island in food and beverage management positions.
Driven to give back to the Las Vegas community she considers home, Lindsay holds positions as secretary of the UNLV Hotel College Alumni chapter and Chair of Nevada Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NvRA Ed). Additionally she has been invited to sit on an advisory committee for the Clark County School District Culinary Arts/Food and Beverage and Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Joint Technical Skills Committee. Lindsay was a founding coordinator of the Vallen Dinner of Distinction, an industry event focusing on alumni and industry that have supported the UNLV Harrah Hotel College.