Dear Graduates and Friends

Julie and JuliaI recently went to the newly released movie featuring the life of Julia Child, Julie & Julia!  For those of us who have ever had a dream, and struggled many years to achieve it, it was downright inspirational!  I loved it.  It’s important not to take one’s self too seriously, but after 30 years in Private Service and now achieving age 60, it’s hard not to take some time on the subject.  What I saw in the movie was an ambitious young woman, seeking to find her gift in life.  Ultimately she found her calling writing about cooking with the great and very humorous Julia Child as her muse.   I decided right then and there that while I have written many texts and manuals in the field of my passion, Household Management and Service, I have not often written from my heart.  To that end, I am beginning today to do so.  I hope you like what you read, and will respond if you feel inspired to do so! (more…)

Cooking Smart for the Private Chef

By former Presidential Chef Bill Althoff

Did you know that as a baseline it takes 2 hours to prep, prepare, serve, and clean up one average meal for 4 persons?

Excerpt Original Guide to Private Service Management, Starkey International

 The Super Grain

Perhaps many in the world have never heard of the grain—Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah).  Farmed for thousands of years it is the grain of the pitseed plant grown in the Andes Mountains since the Inca civilization.  It is known as the super grain of today.  You can find it at your local grocers in the rice and cous cous section of the store.  It cooks similar to the way rice does,  it is recommended you do not rinse it.  I like to cook it with chicken broth instead of water. You can season it with a wide variety of spices, I like to add saffron or my favorite is to cook it until it is almost ready and add my favorite sautéed vegetable in the pot. 

So if you haven’t heard of Quinoa, try it.  It pleases all palettes, it is gluten free, meat free and tastes great.


Starkey International Admissions

It has been very busy in admissions since the CostCo Connection article was published.  Our phones are very busy with new students requesting admissions to our four and eight week Household Management Certification Programs both in Denver and at our Washington, DC location.  We are very excited to receive our new students, here and abroad.  I hope you have a great summer!

Call or email me directly, anytime you have questions about our spectacular programs at 303-832-5510 at Starkey or 303-994-7407 on my cell.

I look forward to the opportunity to be of service.

Donald Jardine

Private Service Wine Sommelier Certification (Level 1)

We are excited about our new program that we are offering at Starkey International.  We have just been approved for our Private Service Wine Sommelier Certification (level 1).  This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the essential and fundamental aspects of wine knowledge, based on the five major wine regions of France.  The students will examine traditional wine practices and distinguish between those that are more contemporary.  Through thoughtful exploration and awareness  of basic practices, terminology and evaluation, this introductory course will provide a sound basis for the wine novice as well as a review for those with prior wine knowledge.  This 35 hour course will include the following: (more…)

Thank you to all our Veterans!

Thank you to all of our Veterans! Many of you shared the Military Stars Event at the Embassy Suites Hotel on July 30th, 2009 with Starkey International Institute. Ms. Stimson, Mr. Althoff, and myself hope you enjoyed the Employer Panel and stopping by the Starkey booth. Good luck on your civilian workforce transition! If I can be of any assistance, please contact me at your convenience on my cell phone 303-994-7407. I look forward to the opportunity to be of service.

Mr. Donald Jardine

Starkey International will see you at MILITARYSTARS

Starkey International Institute for Household Management was described in New York Times article as “a hot second career for former members of the military, who may retire as young as 40, and are seen as trustworthy and able to take orders without flinching.”  Whether you’ve just begun transitioning, are looking for a job after serving in the Armed Forces, or are a veteran, Starkey and MilitaryStars help you transition successfully into your civilian career.  Bring your resume and we will see you on July 30th in Denver, CO.

Events at The Starkey Mansion!

Starkey International is in the process of setting up the mansion for its new guests! Soon, the mansion will be accessible to small, local non-profit and corporate events. We are excited as we begin to create new menus, produce marketing materials, and develop our new web page! Please stay tuned….there will be plenty more excitement to come!

Spring at The Starkey Mansion

Starkey Mansion GardenSpring has quickly jumped into summer and for those who remember Denver’s high desert weather, it has rained every afternoon for the last few weeks and we are “going green”! Our garden at the Mansion is absolutely grand and we look forward to having some small elegant events there. Kristin Parks has joined us as our event organizer. She was sent to us from Metro State College’s Hospitality School for the summer. Mrs. Bullock and I are also working to set up with Metropolitan State College the ability to transfer credits to Metro State after completing Starkey’s Household Management Course. (more…)

2009 RTA Yoo! Hoo!

RTA 2009 Yoo! Hoo! The Best of the Best!

“This in my opinion was the best RTA of the past nine years” – Patrick Jennings, 2009 RTA Household Manager of the Year

JPaulinOn May 14-16 Starkey International hosted Restoring the Art 2009. Everyone in attendance felt it was the best they had ever experienced. We at Starkey felt the same. It was a small, intimate group of 35 which provided everyone the feeling that they really got to know each other and were committed to continued conversations on a monthly basis and, of course, seeing each other again at next year’s RTA to be held March 18-20, 2010. (more…)

A Letter from the 2009 Household Manager of the Year

A week later and my head is still in the clouds being named “2009 Household Manager of the Year”. I so appreciate all the e-mails and notes I have received. This years RTA was such an incredible group of professionals and more than any previous year we really had the chance to get to know one another.

I realize by your feedback that with this award comes responsibility. I am not at the top of my game, this profession is always evolving which is one reason I feel we stay stimulated in our positions. I promise to earn this award and live up to receiving it. (more…)

Thanks for RTA!

Our Restoring the Art Conference was a huge success!  Here is some feedback we’ve gotten so far: (more…)

Starkey in Forbes Magazine

Keeping Your Toys

Daniel Fisher with Steven Bertoni and Devon Pendleton, 04.22.09, 06:00 PM EDT
Forbes Magazine dated May 11, 2009  

With the greater part of rich people, the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches, which in their eyes is never so complete as when they appear to possess those decisive marks of opulence which nobody can possess but themselves. –Adam Smith

Shroud them or show them off–just don’t give up your indulgences. Spending is your patriotic duty. (more…)

Letter from Metropolitan State College of Denver

April 17th 2009

Dear Mrs. Mary Starkey,

On behalf of the Spring 2009 Trade Shows and Expositions class, I would like to thank you for making our Career Guidance Invitational a success.  Your presence and dedication of time helped to make a deep impact on all students who attended.  With your help, we were able to provide our attendees with an incredible insight to the Hospitality industry, an insight in which few people get the opportunity to experience.  The passion you have for your work and the knowledgeable experiences you possess touched the minds of our students, those students that are new to the industry and those already a part of it. (more…)

Metropolitan State College H.T.E. Career Guidance Invitational

Metropolitan State College H.T.E Career Guidance Invitational put on by Metro’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department staged a Career Guidance Invitational on Friday April 10th.  Mrs. Starkey moderated the event utilizing her service expertise and her quick entertaining style to help create a bond between the department and the hospitality community of Denver.  Congratulations Metro Hospitality Department.

The Midwest Book Review

The Midwest Book Review Watch Review April 2009 Issue Selects “Reviewer’s Choice:”  Mrs. Starkey’s Original Guide to Private Service Management.

Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review publishes the following monthly book publications specifically designed for community and academic librarians, booksellers, and the general reading public (more…)

Discussion of the Week, Feb 1 – Feb 5, 2010

We’ve recently started a discussion of the week with Class 109 and we would like to invite you to join the discussion!


Are morals and ethics societal based (rooted in society)?  Are values based on personal or cultural/societal influences?

Class 109 Replies: (more…)

Education 2009

January 2009 classes are underway and we are pleased to be back in the Classroom.  The first class of the year was a patented Systems Course for Household Management.  Students were from all over the country, from Estate Managers to Enlisted Aides for the top ranking general officers of our Military.   As instructors,  it is always gratifying to have highly motivated and professional students absorbing the Service Management Model.  Our classes were intense with students bringing their thoughts to the marketplace of ideas.  From crafting a Service Vision to mastering zoning the physical structures we can truly say they “got it.”   We believe the students left at the end of the week with a new direction and will be able to begin the process of organizing their environments.  A saying to live by is  “Don’t Agonize—Organize!” (more…)

Starkey Connections

At Starkey we are committed to our students and graduates, and the ability to network and resource with each other.  Therefore, as part of our commitment, if you are interested in connecting with other graduates within your city, state, geographic location, and or country, please contact us.

In addition, we will be reaching out to the members of our community as part of our newly formalized Mentorship Program.  Starting with class 102 (graduation is March 6, 2009) we will introduce our recent graduates to seasoned professionals in the industry.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Admissions or Education at Starkey International.

Wealth Bulletin News

Thanks to the Wealth Bulletin News for featuring Starkey International in a recent article.  Here is the excerpt of that article:

Denver-based Starkey International Institute for Household Management runs several training courses for aspiring butlers, or household management, as is the Starkey line. Starkey places mainly in the US, but has seen a burgeoning demand for household help from other countries.
Household managers are trained in every aspect of domestic etiquette, from ironing a pair of French cuffs to clipping a 1926 Pardona cigar. (more…)