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

Karen MacNeil Brings “Become A Wine Expert Taster—In 90 Minutes” to The CIA at Copia

Napa, CA – Karen MacNeil, well-known author of one of the best-selling wine books in the U.S., The Wine Bible, will come to The Culinary Institute of America at Copia this summer and fall to teach her dynamic class “Become a Wine Expert Taster—in 90 Minutes.” MacNeil is considered one of the top wine educators in the country. This is the first time she will offer this class to the public.

“In an hour and a half, I reveal insider wine concepts that took me five years to learn on my own,” says MacNeil. “Learning about wine should be like wine itself—fun and fascinating. And the new CIA at Copia is the perfect place to hold such a class.”

“Become a Wine Expert Taster—In 90 Minutes” will debut Friday, June 29, at 6 p.m. and will then be offered the last Friday of each month (July 27, August 31, September 28, November 2, and November 30) through the fall.

“Karen MacNeil has been an authority in the wine industry for decades, and we are thrilled to have her as a consumer educator for this exciting series at Copia,” said Maryam Ahmed, assistant director of public programs at the CIA.

After the class, students can explore The CIA at Copia’s stunning facility, including its new state-of-the-art Hestan Kitchen, store, art exhibits, and gardens, or dine at The Restaurant at CIA Copia (participants will receive a discount at the restaurant on the evening of the class).

Tickets, $105, are available on Eventbrite.

Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:

Karen MacNeil teaching a class in the Napa Valley Vintners Theater at The CIA at Copia during grand opening celebrations. (Photo credit: Bob McClenahan Photography)
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Media Contacts:

Anne Girvin
Assistant Director—Strategic Marketing, Branch Campuses

Susan Wong
Karen MacNeil & Company

About Karen MacNeil

Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible, is the only American to have won every major wine award in the English language. She conducts private wine tasting seminars for individuals, groups, and businesses around the world. Among her clients: Audemars Piguet, General Electric, Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Notre Dame University, and several international law firms. Karen is considered America’s foremost wine presenter and gives keynote speeches at industry and consumer conferences worldwide. She is the editor of the digital newsletter WineSpeed and the Chairman Emeritus of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

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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