Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late Sunday night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

Event Planner for the Stars Marcy Blum Speaks to Graduates of Her Alma Mater

Hyde Park, NY – Marcy Blum, founder and CEO of Marcy Blum Associates, delivered the keynote address during commencement ceremonies at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on September 25.

A 1975 CIA graduate, Ms. Blum leads her New York City-based team in creating stylish and unique weddings and other special events. She has been named a “trendsetter” by Modern Bride and was selected to the Martha Stewart Weddings magazine list of the top 10 wedding planners in 2014. Ms. Blum is a recipient of the Legacy Award from the International Special Events Society. Her best-selling Wedding Planning for Dummies is now in its third edition.

Her star-studded clientele has included Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Billy Joel and Katie Lee, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie, Colin Hanks and Samantha Bryant, Nate Berkus, Tom Clancy, LeBron James, Regis Philbin, and the Rockefeller family.

Ms. Blum spoke to 46 associate degree graduates in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts.

The entire graduation ceremony can be seen online.

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Marcy Blum '75 speaks to graduates at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on September 25, 2015. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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