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Ken Halliday Speaks to Graduates of Two CIA Programs

Fifty-Three Earn Certificates in Accelerated Wine & Beverage and Accelerated Culinary Arts

St. Helena, CA – Ken Halliday, former CEO of Silver Ventures in San Antonio, TX, was keynote speaker at the March 24 graduation ceremony for the Accelerated Wine and Beverage and Accelerated Culinary Arts certificate programs at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, CA.

Silver Ventures is the company behind the redevelopment of San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery complex, turning the city into a culinary destination. The CIA opened a campus at Pearl in 2008.

“Pay attention to what you love to do and what people say you do well. Most of all, be willing to take a leap of faith,” said Mr. Halliday. He also advised recipients of CIA certificates to seek out mentors and set aside their egos so they can continue to learn.

Among the 53 graduates was Mr. Halliday’s daughter Felice, who completed the Accelerated Culinary Arts Program.

Accelerated Culinary Arts is for graduates of college hospitality, restaurant management, food science, and nutrition/dietetics programs. During their two semesters at the CIA, students gain the hands-on culinary knowledge and skills to tackle the “food” side of the industry. Over the course of the CIA’s eight-month Accelerated Wine and Beverage Program, students taste more than 1,000 wines in class, take dozens of field trips, and learn from the college’s expert wine faculty and guest speakers. Classes focus on wines of the world, sensory analysis, and the professional business of wine, spirits, and mixology.

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Ken Halliday, keynote speaker at the March 24, 2016 certificate graduation at The Culinary Institute of America's California campus, with his daughter Felice—who completed the CIA's Accelerated Culinary Arts Program. (Photo credit: Kristen Loken/CIA)
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