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 last 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.

Historian Tells Students About Black Chefs in Early America

Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty looked at the lives of colonial and antebellum-era African-American cooks during a lecture at the Hyde Park campus in January attended by more than 100 students and members of the public. Michael W. TwittyHe explained how slaves in plantation kitchens transformed the techniques and flavors of West and Central African cuisines into the Western food culture and tradition with which we are familiar.

Twitty is a scholar focusing on historic African-American food and folk culture. He recently spoke at the MAD3 Symposium in Copenhagen regarding culinary injustice. His television appearances include Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern and the PBS documentary Many Rivers to Cross with Dr. Henry Louis Gates and he was recognized among “The 20 Greatest (American) Food Bloggers of All Time” by First We Feast.

The presentation was part of the Dooley Lecture Series, which brings food industry leaders, as well as experts on international relations and other interesting luminaries, to the CIA. It is named for Carroll F. Dooley, the first director of the college’s food preparation division in 1946. His daughter, Patricia Dooley Fortenbaugh, has been funding the series since its inception in 2002.

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