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

Acclaimed NYC Restaurateur Returns to the CIA

Thomas Carter ’04 Addresses Graduates at His Alma Mater

Hyde Park, NY – Thomas Carter, co-owner of one of the world’s best restaurants, delivered the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on June 16. The 2004 CIA graduate is a restaurateur who co-owns the New York City-based Matter House restaurant group, which includes Estela, Café Altro Paradiso, Flora Bar, and Flora Coffee.

Estela opened four years ago and this year was ranked number 66 in the world on the World’s Best Restaurants list. In 2014, it was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant and made the Bon Appétit magazine Hot 10 Restaurants list.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from the CIA in culinary arts management, Carter cooked at several top-tier New York restaurants, then turned his attention to wine and management. Before partnering with Chef Ignacio Mattos to open Estela and the other Matter House restaurants, Carter was beverage director for Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY for six years.

The entire CIA graduation ceremony, including Carter’s address to 71 recipients of CIA associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, can be seen online.

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CIA management graduate Thomas Carter ’04 returned to his alma mater to deliver the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on June 16, 2017. Carter’s New York City restaurant Estela was named one of the top 100 restaurants in the world for 2017. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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