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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

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    Updated on April 6

    Across the world, the CIA community, including our students, faculty, and staff, is experiencing something unlike anything we’ve encountered in our lifetime.

    The health, safety, and vibrancy of the community we serve is our number one concern. The CIA is abiding by all local, state, and federal mandates, and taking special precautions to safeguard our community. We have closed our campuses in New York, California, and Texas.

    When this crisis is over, the world will need all of us and our industry like never before. We will be called upon to do what we do best: to bring people together; to nurture community; to feed the stomach and the soul; and to improve our health and the health of our planet.

    Information for Students, Families, Guests, Faculty, and Staff

    The following information is a summary of what has been communicated to our community and will be updated as the situation evolves.

    Students, Faculty, and Staff—Please continue to check your CIA e-mail and the portal for the most up-to-date information and FAQs.

    Current Students and Families

    • We suspended classes across all our U.S. academic campuses—Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX.
    • We look forward to welcoming our student back to school—online—April 13, and hands-on kitchen classes resuming when we are able to return to campus. Students can access the details of these plans through their CIA e-mail, as well as on the student portal.


    • The incoming summer class, originally scheduled to begin April 28, has been postponed. The new entry date is May 18.
    • Admissions counselors are hosting online and social media-based events to answer questions from future CIA students and their parents. Check out our Virtual Campus Visits and Events page for online tours, info sessions, and more!
    • For prospective students and their parents, we are here to assist you through the application and enrollment process during this challenging time. We want to make sure you have all the information and support you need. You can reach out to admissions@culinary.edu or contact your individual admissions counselor or enrollment manager. While working remotely, the team is still available to answer your questions and/or connect you with other campus resources.


    • Restaurants across all CIA U.S. academic campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX—are closed through early June.
    • Restaurants at The CIA at Copia, our public food and wine facility in downtown Napa, CA are closed until the governor allows all California restaurants to reopen.
    • Any special dining events occurring during this period have also been canceled.
    • To order a CIA Gift Card for a future dining reservation or as a special gift, please visit www.ciarestaurantgroup.com/cia-gift-cards.
    • To book a future reservation at one of our restaurants, please visit www.ciarestaurantgroup.com.

    Food Enthusiast Classes, Public Programs, and Special Events

    • All food enthusiast classes, across all CIA U.S. academic campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX are canceled through early June.
    • All public programs and food enthusiast classes at The CIA at Copia in downtown Napa, CA are canceled or postponed until further notice from the governor of California.
    • If you’d previously scheduled a special event at the CIA or The CIA at Copia during this time, your event manager will be contacting you.
    • To book a future class or boot camp, please visit www.ciafoodies.com.

    Industry Leadership Conferences and Events

    • The annual CIA Leadership Awards student scholarship benefit gala, originally scheduled for April 2, has been canceled and its silent auction postponed.
    • The Food is Life festival, originally scheduled to take place at The CIA at Copia April 22–25, has been postponed.
    • The Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit at The CIA at Copia, previously scheduled for April 29–May 1, has been canceled. Our team is reaching out to registered attendees.
    • All other spring events are being re-evaluated or postponed.


    We have created a directory of helpful resources for you and your businesses. It is available here. If you have an update or resource to share, please e-mail us at alumni@culinary.edu.


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