Hyde Park, NY – Graduates
of The Culinary Institute of America learned the importance of paying it
forward when Angelo Vivolo, owner of Vivolo Restaurant Group in New York City, delivered the commencement
address at the college’s New York campus on May 5.
In addition to a 40-year career running multiple restaurants,
Chef Vivolo has devoted much of his life to giving
back to his community. His support of charitable organizations includes Share
Our Strength, UNICEF, and the James Beard Foundation, among others. In his role
as president of the Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation, he oversees an endowed scholarship at the CIA in the Giambellis’ memory.
A long-time friend of baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio, Vivolo represents the late Yankee star’s estate in
supporting a scholarship in DiMaggio’s name at the Columbus Citizens
Foundation. Although Vivolo was never able to fulfill
his own dream of becoming a major league ballplayer, he did play in the College
World Series with Long Island University in 1968.
Among Chef Vivolo’s many career
highlights has been the opportunity to serve both Pope Benedict in 2009 and
Pope Francis in 2015 when they visited the United States.
The entire CIA graduation ceremony, including Chef Vivolo’s address to 110 recipients of CIA associate degrees
in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, can be seen online.
Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:
New York City restaurateur Angelo Vivolo speaking to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at the college’s New
York campus on May 5, 2017. (Photo
credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier
culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and
hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree
majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate
degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education
through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs
and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting
services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its
worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the
food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and
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