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.

  • The health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority. As such, our campus restaurants and public programs will remain closed for the time being and outside visitors are not permitted on campus. For more information, visit our campus reopening updates page or check out our virtual campus visits.
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  • Visiting the CIA in California

    With two campuses in the Napa Valley, The Culinary Institute of America in California is where students and food lovers alike can savor the experience of a lifetime. Our locations at Greystone in St. Helena and at Copia in downtown Napa are home to rich wine tasting and fine dining at three restaurants. If you’re pursuing a career in the food industry, the CIA’s academic programs will show you how to recreate these incredible experiences through our expert faculty that includes master chefs, food executives, restaurant owners, and master sommeliers.

    If you plan to visit our campuses, we encourage you to first:

    CIA California Campus Holidays and Breaks

    The CIA California welcomes students and food lovers to our locations nearly every day of the year. However, our locations at Greystone and Copia (including restaurants) will not be open on the following dates:

    • November 26, 2020
    • December 25, 2020

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    We look forward to seeing you at the CIA in California!

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    The CIA at Greystone
    2555 Main Street
    St. Helena, CA 94574

    Phone: 707-967-1100
    The CIA at Copia
    500 1st Street
    Napa, CA 94559

    Phone: 707-967-2500
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