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Manager of the Largest Spanish Wine List in the U.S. Featured in Culinary Institute of America Video

Gretchen Thomas

Series of Success Profiles Includes Gretchen Thomas of Barcelona Wine Bar

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Jeff Levine
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Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY has launched a new series of short video profiles in select U.S. markets. The videos showcase successful alumni and highlight the breadth of career tracks within the food world in which CIA alumni have become leaders.

In Connecticut, the featured alumna is Gretchen Thomas, wine and spirits director for Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant group. Thomas earned her bachelor's degree in culinary arts management from the CIA in 2003. Between her sophomore and junior years, she enhanced her wine knowledge in France and Italy, at some of Europe's most prestigious restaurants and vineyards. After graduation, she worked as a sommelier and restaurant manager, and now supervises the largest Spanish wine program in the United States, with 350 labels and more than $4 million in sales.

The "Food is Life" video with Thomas is available on YouTube.

This first group of video shorts also features Carolina Gomez, owner of Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi shop in Washington, DC; Greg Vernick, owner and chef at Vernick Food & Drink in Philadelphia; and Michael Ferraro, executive chef and partner at Delicatessen and Macbar in New York City.

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Gretchen Thomas (Photo credit: Shelley Noeldechen and Nicolas Kleczewski/CIA)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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