Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

The CIA to Host Mid-Hudson Big Read Event

Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America hosts a public culinary conversation on Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Mid-Hudson region’s Big Read. “As American as Chop Suey: A Conversation with Anne Mendelson and Hua Hsu” is inspired by this year’s Big Read book by Celeste Ng entitled Everything I Never Told You.

Anne Mendelson is a culinary historian and food writer with numerous books to her credit including, Milk and Chow Chop Suey: Food and the Chinese American Journey. Hua Hsu is a staff writer for The New Yorker, author of A Floating Chinaman, and associate professor of English at Vassar College. Dr. Willa Zhen, Professor of Liberal Arts and Food Studies at the CIA will moderate as Mendelson and Hsu explore American eating habits, our love affair with Chinese food, and how changes in tastes relate to themes presented in Ng’s novel.

This free event is part of the diverse menu of programs presented throughout the NEA Big Read by 35 collaborating community partners. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This is the 12th year the Poughkeepsie Public Library District has coordinated a community-wide literature program.

“As American as Chop Suey” takes place at the Marriott Pavilion on the campus of The Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY. For more information, contact Dr. Zhen at the CIA at 845-905-4698. For other NEA Big Read events, follow the Library District on Facebook or visit

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Author and Vassar college professor Hua Hsu is one of the experts leading a culinary and cultural discussion at The Culinary Institute of America on October 24, 2018 as part of Mid-Hudson Big Read. (Photo courtesy of Poughkeepsie Public Library District)
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Media Contacts:

CIA: Jeff Levine

Poughkeepsie Public Library District: Jewel Ratzlaff
845-485-3445 x 3372

About The Culinary Institute of America:

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 master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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