Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late last night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

Half of Nation’s Best New Chefs are CIA Alumni

Each year, Food & Wine names the best up-and-coming chefs in the nation and six CIA alumni—half the honorees—are included in the magazine’s Best New Chefs class of 2014. The graduates are not confined to one region of the United States; they are each running the kitchens in top restaurants in different cities. Food and Wine Best New Chefs 2014

Matthew Accarrino ’98, SPQR in San Francisco, CA
Greg Denton ’96, Ox in Portland, OR
Eli Kulp ’05, Fork in Philadelphia, PA
Joe Ogrodnek 02 & Walker Stern ’02, Dover in Brooklyn, NY
Justin Yu ’05, Oxheart in Houston, TX


The six CIA graduates, and other winners of this prestigious honor, will be showcased at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this summer and featured in the July issue of the magazine.

Food & Wine Best New Chefs set the trends for restaurants across the country,” says Dana Cowin, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. In fact, some previous honorees who have gone on to chef stardom include Gary Danko ’77, Rocco DiSpirito ’86, Jonathan Benno ’93, Melissa Perello ’96, Roy Choi ’98, and Nate Appleman ’99.

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