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.

Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

Hotel Emma Culinary Director John Brand Speaks to CIA Graduates

San Antonio, TX – John Brand, culinary director of Hotel Emma, delivered the commencement address at the San Antonio campus of The Culinary Institute of America on April 13.

As culinary director, Brand oversees the hotel’s three epicurean properties—Supper, the hotel restaurant; Larder, the in-house market and café; and the Sternewirthe, the Hotel Emma bar. He knows the many paths to success the culinary industry has to offer, working his way up from a dishwasher as a teenager in Wisconsin to becoming the culinary mastermind behind a world-renowned hotel in San Antonio.

“Be the person you want to hire,” Chef Brand advised graduates. “Think like a chef.”

Chef Brand joined the Hotel Emma team in 2014 inspired by San Antonio’s gastronomic resurgence. In 2017, Food & Wine magazine named Hotel Emma one of the world’s best “food-centric” hotels.

The CIA San Antonio offers degrees in both Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts. Graduates can then transfer to the college’s New York campus to complete bachelor’s degrees in Food Business Management, Culinary Science, or Applied Food Studies.

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John Brand, culinary director of the Hotel Emma, addresses associate degree graduates at the San Antonio campus of The Culinary Institute of America on April 13. The Hotel Emma is on the site of the former Pearl Brewery, adjacent to the CIA’s campus. (Photo credit: Darren Abate/CIA)
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About The Culinary Institute of America:

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, and associate degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also offers executive education through its Food Business School along with certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of nearly 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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