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.

Restaurant at CIA Copia Opens

The Restaurant at CIA Copia is now open, offering a delicious, unique experience in the heart of Napa, CA. Part of the larger CIA at Copia, the restaurant joins other offerings, such as daily cooking and beverage classes, wine tastings, and a lifestyle store specializing in home goods, providing guests with the ultimate Napa Valley destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine.

Front-of-house and back-of-house roles are blended at the restaurant to create a new approach to service. A rotating array of dishes is offered tableside and displayed on carts and trays by the cooks who created them. Guests have a chance to see all of the menu items, plus frequent specials. They then take dishes that appeal to them, meeting every cook in the kitchen in the process. Beverage trolleys also move through the dining room with wines by the glass and cocktail options to complement the menu.

The kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Christophe Gerard and Chef de Cuisine Chris Kennedy Aken, and the bar team is led by Beverage Manager Shannon Latting.

The Restaurant at CIA Copia is located at 500 First Street in Napa, and is open six days a week for dinner: Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The bar is open Friday through Sunday, noon until closing. For reservations and additional information, call 707-967-2555.

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The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499