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San Antonio Achieve Special UNESCO Designation with CIA's Help

UNESCO—The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization—has named San Antonio, TX a Creative City of Gastronomy, and the CIA played a major role in helping San Antonio earn that designation. In announcing the honor recently, city officials credited the CIA’s establishment of a campus in the Pearl district in 2008 as a milestone in turning San Antonio into a culinary showcase.

“The Culinary Institute of America’s presence has been impactful in bringing world-class culinary education and research to the heart of San Antonio,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO of Visit San Antonio. “As one of the highlights of the vibrant Pearl neighborhood, the school has been a catalyst to help grow our culinary scene.”

The CIA San Antonio offers degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts, and juniors and seniors at the CIA New York campus can spend a semester in San Antonio as part of the college’s academic concentration in Latin Cuisine Studies. The campus is also host to an annual Latin Cuisine Summit that brings food professionals from throughout the Americas to San Antonio.

San Antonio is the second U.S. city, after Tucson, AZ, to be named a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. The city’s 18th century Spanish colonial missions previously made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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