Dr. Tim Ryan, President of The Culinary Institute of America, Receives the First-Ever Visionary Award from the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance

Award is Presented to College President in Recognition of his Contributions to Shaping the Future of Food and Beverage

Hudson Valley Economic Development CorporationMedia Contact:

Stephan Hengst
Director—Communications
845-905-4288
s_hengst@culinary.edu

Hyde Park, NY – More than 400 industry leaders and business owners from the alcoholic beverage industry gathered on October 9 at the Hudson Valley Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit 2.0 at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. The day started with Laurence Gottlieb, president and CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation presenting its inaugural Visionary Award to Dr. Tim Ryan, president of the world’s premier culinary college.

“The Visionary Award is presented to only those outstanding individuals whose leadership, creativity, and commitment to excellence set the highest standard in the food and beverage industry for others to follow,” stated Laurence Gottlieb, president & CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. “Dr. Ryan epitomizes these qualities, as reflected in his critical role in the formation—and continuing growth—of the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance. We are proud and honored for him to be the first recipient of this prestigious award.”

The Culinary Institute of America plays a critical role in the growth of the food and beverage industry in our region. The college is a major supporter of the Hudson Valley agriculture, providing a ready-made market for fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, eggs, honey, syrup, mushrooms, and grains from close to two dozen farms within 50 miles of Hyde Park. The CIA also purchases beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages from local producers.

Each year, the CIA’s partnerships with Hudson Valley farmers, brewers, vintners, distillers, and purveyors continue to expand. Now, the college’s Marriott Pavilion provides a new resource for growth, giving the region an extraordinary center for regional conferences and enabling greater connection and shared learning across all industry participants.

“I am pleased to accept the Visionary Award on behalf of all my colleagues at The Culinary Institute of America. Through our culinary education mission, thought-leadership conferences, and popularity as a major tourism draw, the college is proud to support both the vitality of the food and beverage industry and economic growth in Dutchess County and the region.”


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Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of America. (Photo credit: The Culinary Institute of America)


About Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC)

HVEDC is the leading economic development agency for the seven-county region of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, and Sullivan counties. The public-private partnership markets the region as a prime business location to corporate executives, site selection consultants, and real estate brokers. HVEDC helped start the organizational, branding, and promotional effort for NY BioHud Valley, Hudson Valley 3D Printing, and the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance. To learn more, call 845-220-2244 or visit www.hvedc.com.


About The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

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, culinary science, and applied food studies, 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 46,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Johnny Iuzzini, 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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