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

Arriba el Caribe Celebrates Caribbean Food and Culture

The tastes and culture of the Caribbean will be celebrated at the CIA campus in San Antonio later this month. The annual Latin Cuisine Summit and Festival this year focuses on the culinary heritage and contributions of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba.

The four-day Summit and Festival, titled Arriba el Caribe, will feature a student day October 18, professional days October 19 and 20, and a community-focused day October 21. A special Caribbean-themed dinner at Nao Restaurant will be held on October 20. Fundraising events to benefit those affected by recent hurricanes will be incorporated into the schedule as well.

Food personalities and chefs presenting at Arriba el Caribe include Doreen Colondres, a celebrity chef known for flavorful seasonal ingredients; Giovanna Huyke, the “Julia Child of Puerto Rico”; Eddy Fernández Monte, past president of the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba; Oscar Mejia, executive chef at the Westin Houston, Downtown; Nelson Millán, executive chef of the San Antonio Country Club; Mario Pagán, recognized as one of Puerto Rico’s best chefs; Wandy Robles, culinary instructor at Instituto Tecnico Superior Comunitario in Santo Domingo; Douglas Rodriguez, Cuban chef and cookbook author; and Zulcoralis Rodriguez, one of the Beverage Network’s Eight Women to Watch in 2015.

The schedule is packed with hands-on activities, break-out sessions, beverage tastings and seminars, lectures, panel discussions, meals, and more. In addition to professional programming, Arriba el Caribe also features hands-on, interactive sessions and a special tasting for home cooks and food enthusiasts. Tickets can be purchased via the CIA website.

For more information and to register for the Summit or any of the public events, please visit www.ciaprochef.com/arriba/.

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