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.

CIA Opens its Archives and Special Menu Collections to the Public

Auguste Escoffier Signature
Frances Roth Written History

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Jeff Levine
Communications Manager

Hyde Park, NY – After years behind closed doors, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) archives and special collections is now available for public viewing. The Archives and Special Collections room is located in the Conrad N. Hilton Library on the CIA's Hyde Park, NY campus. It houses materials from the college's history, a collection of more than 30,000 menus from 80-plus countries dating back to 1855, and a rare books collection.

The treasures include a history of the college written by co-founder Frances Roth, handwritten recipes by famous chefs given to Craig Claiborne on his 70th birthday, and a menu signed by legendary late 19th/early 20th century chef Auguste Escoffier. These and other items, along with a selection of rare books, were on display at a grand opening held at the library on January 21.

The archives and special collections are available to researchers and campus visitors by appointment. Learn more about the CIA menu archives online. To schedule an appointment, contact Nicole Semenchuk at n_semenc@culinary.edu or 845-451-1270.

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Image 1: Menu signed by legendary chef Auguste Escoffier (1846–1935) in 1909, one of the many historical items in The Culinary Institute of America's archives and special collections. The menu can now be viewed by food researchers in the Conrad N. Hilton Library at the college's Hyde Park, NY campus. (Photo credit: The Culinary Institute of America)
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Image 2: A history of The Culinary Institute of America written in longhand by college co-founder Frances Roth in 1966. It is one of more than 30,000 items now available to researchers in the CIA's Archives and Special Collections room in the Conrad N. Hilton Library on the Hyde Park, NY campus. (Photo credit: The Culinary Institute of America)
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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, and culinary science, 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, 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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