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

CIA Alumna is One of the Top Women Shaping NYC Restaurant Scene

Lauren DeSteno, CIA alumnaLauren DeSteno '06, chef de cuisine at Marea in Manhattan, was recently profiled by Time Out New York as one of the top women "taking over" the New York City restaurant scene. The article asserts that while the four restaurants featured in the article are "fronted" by big name male chefs, rising star women are actually running the kitchens.

DeSteno came to Marea, an Italian seafood restaurant, from Eleven Madison Park. She works very closely with chef/co-owner Michael White. Writer Alyssa Haak says the acclaimed restaurant combines "White's astounding memory of recipes with DeSteno's kitchen knowledge."

According to the article, White and DeSteno's partnership "pays no mind to gender—only ability...'The gender issue never crossed my mind,' DeSteno says. 'It doesn't matter where you come from, it's how intelligently you work.'" She says eventually, she does want to run her own food business.

Of the three other restaurants highlighted in the article, two are run by CIA alumni: Enrique Olvera '97 of Cosme and Mario Carbone '00 and Rich Torrisi '00 of Sadelle's.

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