The Culinary Institute of America to Help Army Celebrate Birthday

Veteran Students Bake Cake to be Cut in Times Square

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Jeff Levine
Communications Manager

The U.S. Army marks its 238th birthday on Friday, June 14. To help the Army celebrate the occasion, four students from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY who are also veterans have been preparing a special birthday cake. The cake will be cut during a birthday ceremony at 10 a.m. that day in Father Duffy Square (the northern triangle of Times Square) in New York City.

General John Campbell, the vice chief of staff of the Army (second in command to General Ray Odierno), will be joined by the oldest and youngest soldier in that branch of the military for the cake cutting.

An Army saber will be used to slice the cake, and invited guests will then be able to enjoy a piece of the birthday cake—which will be transported to Manhattan from the CIA's campus early on the morning of June 14.

The CIA's relationship with the U.S. military dates to the college's founding in 1946, when its primary goal was to train veterans returning from World War II to enter the post-war workforce. Today, about 150 veterans from all five branches of the armed forces are enrolled in the CIA's associate and bachelor's degree programs, supported by the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Cutting of a cake to celebrate the birthday of the United States Army.

General John Campbell; oldest and youngest U.S. Army soldiers; CIA students who are Army veterans and who baked and decorated the cake.

Father Duffy Square (northern triangle of Times Square)
Broadway, between 45th and 47th Streets
New York, NY.

Friday, June 14, 2013, 10–11 a.m.

Jeff Levine
Communications Manager

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 45,000 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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