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 to be Home of The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum

Chuck WilliamsA museum honoring Charles E. "Chuck" Williams will become the centerpiece of the new Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa, CA. Williams, who reshaped the way America cooks and was the visionary behind Williams-Sonoma, died in December at age 100.

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum will house an extensive display of kitchen items collected within his lifetime and will ensure that culinary enthusiasts have a place to learn the history and traditions of America’s culinary heritage.

The Chuck Williams story began in 1952, when he took a trip to Europe with friends and saw what international cooks were using in their home kitchens. He returned to Europe numerous times, scouring shops, restaurants, and factories for high-quality cookware and specialty foods he could introduce to cooks in the United States. In 1956, he opened his first cookware store in Sonoma. Many of those items would become American kitchen classics, such as enameled cast-iron pots, tart tins, kugelhopfs, crêpe pans, the Cuisinart food processor, and balsamic vinegar.

The museum collection represents a rich heritage of the culinary arts from around the world and includes treasures from the 18th and 19th century—a batterie de cuisine of copper cookware from 1890s France; ceramic and metal chocolate and ice cream molds; and European and early American baking and pastry equipment. Among the nearly 4,000 artifacts are bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks. Additional items will be curated for temporary exhibits.

In recognition of his contribution to the culinary arts, Chuck Williams was inducted into the CIA Hall of Fame in 2002.

The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at the CIA at Copia is slated to open in spring 2017.

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