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.

Ferran Adrià Helps Open Marriott Pavilion

More than 800 students received insight about the very definition of cooking when Ferran Adrià, one of the world’s most innovative and influential chefs, visited in March. Chef Adrià’s presentation was also the first opportunity for CIA students to preview the new Marriott Pavilion on the Hyde Park campus.

Ferran Adria signing books Chef Adrià is considered the father of avant-garde cuisine. During a lecture about the history of cooking, he challenged students to question the meanings of even the most basic terms they use and how they think about food and cooking. Following the 90-minute talk and Q&A session, Chef Adrià held a book signing and posed for pictures with students.

Adrià’s restaurant near Barcelona, el Bulli, was named the World’s Best Restaurant five times, including four consecutive years from 2006 to 2009. He recently published a seven-volume cookbook, el Bulli 2005–2011, a catalog of every dish produced at the restaurant in those years.

Two weeks later, CIA students were treated to more insights when world-renowned restaurant designer Adam Tihany and chef/restaurateur Charlie Palmer ’79 sat down with CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan to discuss what it takes to create award-winning restaurants.

The $19 million Marriott Pavilion, which includes the 800-seat Ecolab Auditorium and conference space, is scheduled to be formally dedicated later this month.

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