Unfortunately, the fires affecting our community continue to grow. Yesterday, Red Flag warnings were issued through Friday afternoon representing ideal conditions for fire combustion and spread.

Given this, we have made the decision to delay a return to in-person instruction at Greystone until Monday, October 12. All campus buildings will remain closed until that time. Our intention is to reopen the Residence Halls on Sunday, October 11. While we expect the situation to be resolved by then, we must acknowledge this is a fluid situation; we will continue to remain in touch with students via email and the Everbridge Emergency Notification system as further information becomes available.

Classes, which resumed Wednesday, September 30 online, will continue to be delivered virtually during this interim period. By continuing in this way, instructors will be able to keep pace with the semester—providing lecturing instruction now on theory and techniques, and enabling students to get right back into the kitchens and bakeshops once campus reopens. Students, please continue to monitor the student portal and your Moodle sites for further information regarding your classes.

Most students have returned home already or are staying with family or friends. If you are unable to do this for an extended period, or if you have remained behind and are staying at Copia, our Student Affairs team can offer assistance. Please update your status on the "2020 Glass Fire Status" form on the Residence Life portal to keep us apprised of your status or to indicate that you need assistance.

CIA Grads at the Helm of Supercool Restaurant Companies

Restaurant Hospitality magazine recently released its list of the Top 25 Multiconcept Companies in America. Five of the companies honored by the magazine were founded by a CIA graduate and two more have alumni in the top culinary job.

The editors of Restaurant Hospitality referred to these 25 organizations as "supercool multiconcept restaurant companies that are changing the face of dining in America."

Those with CIA alumni in top positions:

  • Charlie Palmer Group—Charlie Palmer ’79, founder
  • Richard Sandoval Restaurants—Richard Sandoval ’91, chef, founder, and CEO
  • David Burke Restaurants—David Burke ’82, founder and executive chef
  • Bonanno Concepts—Frank Bonanno ’96, chef and proprietor
  • Capital Restaurant Concepts—Bryan Yealy ’88, corporate chef
  • Sage Restaurant Group—Michael Carr-Turnbough ’82, senior vice president of culinary

"Inclusion of so many CIA graduates on this list further illustrates that, not only are the college’s alumni successful and celebrated chefs, they are also well-prepared to take on roles as leaders, businesspeople, and entrepreneurs in the food world," said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. "The entire CIA community joins in congratulating these culinary innovators."

"Everyone knows how difficult it is to run a restaurant. Imagine how taxing it must be to run multiple restaurants, each with its own personality," wrote the editors of Restaurant Hospitality, in explaining why they chose to recognize those who create not just one successful concept, but several. "This breed of entrepreneur has piqued our interest...so we set out to spotlight the coolest, most influential multiconcept companies in the country."

In addition to being a CIA graduate and the founder of the Charlie Palmer Group, Chef Palmer is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Culinary Institute of America.

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