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.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

Fast Food Breakthrough at CIA’s Menus of Change

Through Menus of Change®, the CIA and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health have been encouraging the foodservice industry to provide healthier, more sustainable, and delicious food and to reconsider the role of protein in favor of plant-forward culinary strategies.

The initiative paid dividends at the 5th annual Menus of Change Leadership Summit in June when Sonic Drive-In became the first major quick-service chain to unveil a beef and mushroom "blended" burger. Blended burgers are healthier and better for the environment. But most importantly, they are tastier than all-beef burgers—with the mushroom providing "umami" mouth feel and making the burgers moister.

And, Sonic isn't the only food business adopting the Menus of Change principles. More than 80 percent of operators who have attended a summit introduced new recipes or revised existing ones as a result of participating. From corporate dining to multi-unit restaurant groups, they are adopting the Menus of Change principles as part of their strategic planning. In addition, nearly 50 college and university foodservice operations are members of the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative. They conduct and share research in support of healthy food innovation within and beyond their walls.

The 400 attendees at the CIA's New York campus this year—executives, investors, and innovators in food, foodservice, health and nutrition, and sustainability—addressed issues such as food transparency, increasing the acceptance of plant-based proteins, and shifting consumer attitudes and behaviors towards more plant-forward options.

Sessions from the 2017 Menus of Change can be viewed online.

 

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