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

Second Year of Japanese Cuisine Course Features Trip to Japan

The CIA, in collaboration with Suntory Group, one of the world's leading consumer product companies, launched the second year of its Advanced Cooking: Japanese Cuisine course with a trip to Japan for students just before the start of the semester. The 10-day culinary tour let them experience Japanese cuisine firsthand and set the tone for what the students then studied back on campus.

Students and CIA faculty traveled to Tokyo, Fukuoka, Kyoto, and Osaka to learn about topics ranging from soba and sushi to kamameshi, okonomiyaki, kaiseki, and more. The itinerary included visits to rice fields grown for vinegar production, wagyu beef and bamboo shoot farms, the Tsuji Culinary Institute, and the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery.

Once back in the U.S., students began their Japanese Cuisine course—an innovative immersion into the cuisines, flavors, techniques, and food culture of Japan. It is jointly taught by CIA Assistant Professor Martin Matysik and Hiroki Murashima of the world-renowned Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka. Chef Murashima also holds the position of Suntory Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at the CIA.

The curriculum guides students through Japanese history, culture, and principles of authentic Japanese cooking as they explore rice and noodles, sushi, tempura, the principles of umami, and the cultural aspects of the Japanese dining table. Students also learn the art of preparing kaiseki, a traditional multi-course meal that is highly seasonal, balanced, and evocative of Japanese sensibilities of beauty and hospitality.

As Japan's rich culinary traditions, techniques, and dishes increasingly become focal points of exploration for young chefs pursuing advanced culinary arts, the course serves as the first phase of a broader Japanese studies initiative at the CIA.


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