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No. 48, May 2009






Food Safety: From Pillory to Prevention The complex world of food safety

14 From Seed to Cup

A coffee sojourn to Nicaragua

16 Inauguration Elation

Extraordinary circumstances, delicious food

18 You Make Us Better

Time, dedication, and expertise at work



18 20 Across the Plaza

Following the Presidential Trail | Student Creativity

21 30 Gifts at Work

Why Give? | Giving’s Impact

Going, Going, Green | Kudos | 2009 Leadership Gala

26 Education for Life

SkillsUSA National Training Center at CIA | Coming Events Book Shelf | ProChef® In His Own Words

32 Class Notes

Message from Steve Swofford | Class Notes | In Memoriam

It’s true. When last summer’s Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak heated up, I called my son, who was away taking college courses, to tell him to avoid jalapeños at his favorite Mexican fast food restaurant down the street from campus. He snorted his disdain into the phone, reminding me that I no longer had control over him. Oh well. I’d done my best. I’d made the call, and now just hoped that the next time he got hungry he would opt for pizza. And while I consider myself a rational person, I stopped buying

mise en place® No. 48, May 2009 Nancy W. Cocola, Editor Leslie Jennings, Designer

Contributing Writers Shelly Loveland Jennifer O’Neill Karl Thomas

tomatoes when at first we all believed the Salmonella outbreak was caused by them. Even after the FDA told us that on-the-vine and cherry tomatoes were untainted, I bypassed them in the grocery store. I realize now that I helped contribute to the $100 million shortfall experienced by the tomato industry…but I just couldn’t help myself.

Editorial Board Dr. Tim Ryan ’77 President

With communication from government agencies so mixed and varied

Nancy Harvin

during the crisis, it was hard to trust what I heard and read.

Vice President for Advancement

That’s the reason it’s so important that we “get it right” when it comes

Mark Erickson ’77

to food safety. Every outbreak of Salmonella and E-coli initiates both

Vice President–Dean of Culinary Education

a practical and emotional chain of events that can have a devastating effect on an entire industry and the economics of an entire region. And while the government is trying to sort out its alphabet soup of agencies overseeing our food supply, our industry can do its part by rigorously educating managers and kitchen workers about safe food handling, and keeping pressure on suppliers to provide us with food that is traceable back to its point of origin. I’m hoping that these increasingly frequent outbreaks will soon be a distant memory and that, in the future, when I reach for a tomato I won’t have to wonder if it’s safe to eat. Nancy Cocola Editor


Mise en place is the college magazine for alumni and friends of The Culinary Institute of America, and reflects its principles and core values. Its mission is to foster a mutually beneficial and enduring relationship between the CIA, its alumni, and friends by: Providing information of interest about the college, its alumni, faculty, and students. Presenting substantive, balanced, and accurate coverage of major issues and events concerning the college as well as highlighting alumni leadership and contributions to the foodservice industry. Creating a forum to help alumni network and build community.

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I look forward to receiving mise en place and keeping up with the CIA’s continual improvements and progress. The Chocolate issue, however, holds particular interest for me. For the past four years I worked on a project with over 50 researchers, globally, documenting the history of chocolate; wrote my dissertation on the medicinal use of chocolate; and authored two chapters in the forthcoming book Chocolate: History, Culture and Heritage. So, I read with interest the chocolate articles. The issue’s photo imagery is fantastic; the topic areas interesting. However, in more than one section “fakelore” is perpetuated I received two e-mails about “The Ambassadors” article in the Chocolate edition of mise en place before I even got my own copy—one from Noble Masi and one from a ’91 graduate who is a cafeteria

and facts misreported. For example, we searched for evidence that would indicate who introduced the first heart-shaped box of chocolates (timeline) and were unable to determine its origins.

Love the new format. It really is excellent. The Contract Food edition is your best yet. Stories are interesting. The sections are good choices. I would only suggest a bit more coverage of campus life—like sports

manager in our school system. Both were

I applaud the CIA for sharing the lore and

team news. Overall mise en place is in a

excited about the article. I received my

science of chocolate. As an academic I

really good format.

copy today when I got home from school.

must remind those conducting research to

WOW! Thanks for telling the story of

seek primary sources instead of secondary

the Ambassadors’ visit to my school. The

sources to insure accurate information is

Ken Cummings ’88 Washington, DC

Cooking with the CIA program is very


special for our students, school, county, and

Deanna Pucciarelli ’91, Ph.D. Muncie, ID

state. And our students look forward to our annual field trip to the CIA’s Hyde Park campus. We look forward to working with the CIA on future Ambassador visits to the Center for Applied Technology–North.

Bruce S. Davis ’72 Severn, MD

I just would like to thank you for making such a good mise en place. I found it really interesting and of course I really enjoyed when some of my former colleagues were mentioned. I particularly liked the piece about contract food; it was quite interesting. I now live in St. Petersburg, FL and am still baking in my small apartment kitchen.

Rudolf Lang, CIA Baking and Pastry Instructor, Retired ’96 St. Petersburg, FL

We look forward to your letters both tender and thorny, commenting on issues and articles in mise en place. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and clarity. Submission does not guarantee publication. Please include your name and contact information with your letter. Submit to: Nancy Cocola, Editor, mise en place, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538 or e‑mail to

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The story began back in 1785 when the governing body of the State of Massachusetts issued this law.

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“Whereas some evilly disposed persons, from motives of avarice and filthy lucre, have been induced to sell diseased, corrupted, contagious, or unwholesome provision, to the great nuisance of public health and peace: Be it therefore enacted that if any person shall sell any such diseased provisions, knowing the same without making it known to the buyer, such offence shall be punished by fine, imprisonment, and standing in the pillory, or one or more of these, to be inflicted according to the degree and aggravation of the offence.� And while it may have been satisfying for the public to see the sellers of diseased food punished by being pilloried or imprisoned, it took another 100 years before the U.S. government got involved in the issue from the vantage point of prevention. Even then, when it created the 1890 Meat Inspection Act it was only to prevent meat safety from posing a barrier to trade. The Act required inspection of salt pork, bacon, and pigs intended only for export.


n o i t n e v e r P o t y r o l l i F ro m P By Nancy Cocola

It took the gruesome descriptions in Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle, based upon his seven weeks working inside the meat industry, to help motivate the government to seriously look into its own citizens’ food supply. Sinclair wrote:

“The workers fell into the vats…sometimes they would be overlooked for days, till all but the bones of them had gone out to the world as Durham’s Pure Leaf Lard! The meat would be shoveled into carts, and the man who did the shoveling would not trouble to lift out a rat even when he saw one.” Lewis’s claims were confirmed in the Neill-Reynolds Report, commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt. That, along with an increased public outcry, prompted the U.S. Congress to pass two important and unprecedented pieces of legislation in 1906. The Pure Food and Drug Act forbade manufacturers from selling or transporting adulterated food products or “poisonous” patent medicines. The Meat Inspection Act authorized the inspection and condemnation of any meat found unfit for human consumption. Both these Acts fell under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that divided their implementation between two of its bureaus. The Meat Inspection Act fell to the Bureau of Animal Industry, in part because it had veterinarians on staff

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who could recognize sick animals. They were required to provide inspection in every slaughterhouse and packing plant that then existed—all 163 of them. Today, there are more than 6,000 such facilities. The Pure Food and Drug Act fell under the Bureau of Chemistry, which was the precursor to the modern Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This was a great day for Harvey Wiley, a chief chemist at the Department of Agriculture, whose research connecting the contents of food and beverages with the health of consumers had previously fallen on deaf ears. Wiley was clear that “adulterated food made consumers weak, sick, and ‘unattractive.’” A man well ahead of his time! Charged with enforcement, these two bureaus had a clear mandate that was a vast improvement. However, very quickly they were beset by additional legislation that seemed unconcerned with the need to coordinate oversight of the food supply as a whole. Only one year later, in 1907, a Board of Food and Drug Inspection was created to establish agency policy in enforcing the laws. Additionally, the Referee Board of Consulting Science Experts was formed to advise the department on safety issues associated with food additives. The confusion began. According to Marion Nestle in her book Safe Food, there are currently 35 separate laws, administered by 12 agencies, housed in six cabinet-level departments. Clarity is elusive when it comes to the agencies monitoring the safety of our food. For example, while the FDA regulates dehydrated beef soup and chicken broth, the USDA regulates dehydrated chicken soup and beef broth.

Food Safety’s Alphabet Soup A look at the major players reveals a patchwork of regulators overseeing our food supply. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are the two Federal agencies we all know. They inspect food products, enforce safety regulations, test suspect foods, and work with industry to improve safety practices. In its broadest definition, the FDA is responsible for non-meat products such as seafood, fruits, vegetables, and shelled eggs, while the USDA oversees meat, poultry, and processed egg products. Both agencies work extensively with state food regulatory partners and within each are agencies charged with implementation.


The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health

food manufacturer today hires experts to check out the ingredients

agency at the USDA that is responsible for ensuring that the nation’s

that are entering its facilities. However, with no system of certification

commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe,

established for these third-party inspectors, there is a fear that they are

wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

just window-dressing for large corporations burnishing their public

The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) operates under the FDA. It has authority starting from a product’s point of U.S. entry or processing to its point of sale—overseeing approximately 50,000 food manufacturers, processors, and warehouses, as well as 3,500 cosmetic firms. These figures do not include the roughly 600,000 restaurants and institutional foodservice establishments and the 235,000 supermarkets, grocery stores, and other food outlets regulated by state and local authorities that receive guidance, model codes, and other technical assistance from the FDA.

image. But one can understand why large companies have taken the steps to hire them when the cost of a recall can deal a catastrophic blow to business.

Economic and Consumer Fallout The ultimate goal for examiners is to identify the point at which the contamination occurred in the distribution chain or in the food handling. It’s an arduous task. Lots of inaccurate associations are initially made because the implicated food is connected to the

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors human

unrecognized real source of the problem. Testing the food can be

health through disease surveillance. The CDC is a non-regulatory,

difficult. The food causing the outbreak may have already been

scientific agency. Its mission is to “promote health and quality of

consumed or overlooked when samples were collected. Contamination

life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.”

may not be detected because it varies within the food, the pathogen

The CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases

did not survive long in the food, or the test is insensitive to the

conducts surveillance for foodborne diseases; assists local and

pathogen. And after all the well-intentioned attempts to isolate the

state health departments during outbreaks; collects, organizes, and

outbreak’s culprit, there are still casualties.

publishes information on foodborne illnesses and outbreaks; maintains the national reference laboratories for foodborne pathogens; and develops new strategies for diagnosing and fingerprinting them.

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ postmortem of this event, the tomato industry, which represents a significant piece of this country’s

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) was established in the 1960s when NASA asked Pillsbury to design and manufacture the first foods for space flights. Since then, HACCP has been recognized internationally as a science-based food safety system used by both the USDA and FDA. HACCP’s seven principles are based on risk assessment. By identifying critical control points in the manufacturing process, HACCP identifies when safety controls should be applied, the limits on those controls, and the corrective actions to be taken. It also highlights record keeping and evaluation of the system itself. When it comes to imported foods, the United Nation’s Codex Alimentarius (food code) purportedly bases its recommendations on scientific information. However, the makeup of its commission is heavily weighted in favor of trade rather than consumer concerns about food safety. And the issue of food imports is historically a highly political one that bases its regulatory strictures, in part, on our ability to maintain trade relations with different countries. With the FDA grossly under-funded and incidents of foodborne illness seemingly on the rise, a new industry of third-party companies calling themselves food-safety consultants has emerged. Practically every major


agriculture economy, lost more than $100 million in Florida and

products. Traced to a Blakely, GA plant owned by Peanut Corporation

close to $14 million in Georgia. After the event, jalapeño growers in

of America, the outbreak has prompted President Obama to call for an

Mexico, who were not involved in the scare, were reluctant to plant

investigation of the FDA’s practices.

the crop again for export, fearing that they would have no market in the U.S. These outcomes are not unusual. As a result of the spinach outbreak in 2006, spinach farmers reported losses totaling $350 million.

And while it is easy to look at the FDA and find its failings, it is historically under-funded and has limited power. For example, if a company does internal testing for Salmonella that isn’t on the FDA’s official clock and finds some, it doesn’t have to report it. The agency

The emotional impact on consumers is reflected in their buying

also does not have the power to require a company to recall its

patterns. In December 2007, the Thompson West Research poll

products; they can only request it be done.

found 61% of Americans worry about the safety of their food. The Food Marketing Institute’s U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2007 report documented a 16% decline in consumer confidence in the safety of the food they purchase in grocery stores. How many of us, once an alert is issued, can overcome our fear and take a “risk” to buy an item even after it has been cleared by the FDA as having no part in the outbreak? This emotional response can wreak havoc with a grower’s or

Revamping the entire patchwork of federal agencies involved in food safety is imperative. Among the key issues to look at along the way: the traceability of our food and the new technology coming out of universities across the country that will help us protect our food sources. We already have the technology to trace our food. Stickers on fruits and vegetables are used as standardized price look-up codes. For

producer’s bottom line. But consumers have every right to remain

example, a “4087” on a sticker means red Roma tomatoes no matter

skeptical. So many mixed messages and signals emerge during one

where you are shopping. Similar standardized codes could let retailers,

of these events that it’s not surprising we willingly give

food safety investigators, and curious consumers know exactly what

up spinach, peppers, and tomatoes while we wait for

farm a bunch of asparagus comes from. According to Caroline

our alphabet soup of agencies to give the “all clear.”

Smith DeWaal, “unfortunately, the produce industry is reaping

There has to be a better way.

what it sowed when it sought and received special exemptions that allowed it to avoid the country-of-origin labeling requirements

Detection and Prevention

country-of-origin labeling. We have the ability to trace back directly

Indeed, looking for a better way is front and center these

to a specific farm. And when distributors mix produce from different

days. In her August 14, 2008 press release, Caroline Smith DeWaal,

sources in repacking facilities, they should be required to maintain the

director of food safety for the Center for Science in the Public

identifying marks or labels.

Interest (CSPI), praised the proposed bipartisan FDA Food Safety

Our universities are cauldrons of new ideas and technologies. After

Modernization Act, which would help refocus the FDA on preventing, rather than just reacting to, foodborne disease outbreaks. The bill would require domestic and foreign food companies to assess potential hazards, develop food safety plans, and take steps to prevent contaminated foods from being marketed. It also would require the FDA to issue regulations for ensuring safer fresh produce.

the 1998 Listeria contamination of hot dogs and deli meat, the Sara Lee Corporation, as a condition of its probation, funded $3 million for the Center for Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University. Researchers at Iowa State University have revealed a new technique for testing for Salmonella in produce by applying simple adhesive tape to food surfaces and utilizing ultraviolet light to identify pathogens. An

DeWaal called upon the then-incoming Obama administration

agricultural research scientist and his colleagues from the University

to “bring our entire food regulatory system into the 21st century

of Georgia have developed a microscopic biological sensor that

by creating a unified food agency with a single leader and a firm

detects Salmonella bacteria, which has great potential for food safety.

budgetary foundation.” President Obama is currently doing just that.

Flourescent organic dye particles attach to Salmonella antibodies

The outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium in peanut butter that began in September 2008 has affected 575 people in 43 states and resulted in the voluntary recall of 1,790


that Congress passed in 2002.” We need to—and can—go beyond

hooked onto the bacteria. The dye lights up like a torch, leading the way to the Salmonella! When fully developed, this technology would allow for frequent testing at a much lower cost than is incurred by sending samples to a lab for analysis. This point-of-packaging

testing, if conducted properly, has the potential to

If not, he suggests choosing someone else. He likes to remind

dramatically reduce the chance of contaminated

restaurateurs about “strict liability,” which means that if a supplier

food reaching grocery store shelves. There is also irradiation. Despite the fact that it is proven to help

sells you contaminated food and you serve it to your patrons, you are still liable. It’s an even greater incentive, he says, for everyone to

eliminate most pathogens in the food, the public has never

control the food supply they work with. This is a sentiment echoed

been able to get over the idea, despite spirited media releases

by Sam Melamedas ’79, director of purchasing at American Food

to the contrary, that the process makes food radioactive in some way.

and Vending Corp. “We are responsible to our customers and are

What this shows us is that any technology applied to treat foods for

always asking vendors where they got the food and if they can

the purpose of reducing pathogens will have to meet the litmus test of

produce the certifications from the growers saying their water supply

acceptance by the public.

was protected.” The bottom line is that it is up to all of us in the foodservice industry to keep pressure on the suppliers and growers, as

A Responsible Foodservice Industry According to CIA Trustee Emeritus Alan Plassche, consultant for UniPro Foodservice, Inc., there are two fundamental ways that the foodservice industry can help ensure a safe experience for customers. First, we must concentrate on safe food practices in our facilities—whether it’s a restaurant, processing plant, or distribution center. Second, we must take responsibility for knowing the food that “comes in the back door.” He highlights sick employees and food handlers, cross contamination, insufficient pathogen kill-steps in cooking, and improper temperature controls as vital concerns in the workplace. Another CIA trustee emeritus, John Farquharson, president of the International Food Safety Council, couldn’t agree more. He believes that constant, ongoing education of front-line managers is key. When his organization first started to raise awareness about ServSafe® food hygiene training, the National Restaurant Association was certifying only 20,000 managers a year.

well as our own staff, to think “food safety” first. Books have been written about the history of, and present-day concerns regarding, the safety of our food supply. Hundreds of regulations have been written to try and ensure that Americans can trust the food they buy, resulting in a fragmented system that consumers are now reluctant to trust. But as frightening as these recent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses have been, there is an upside. They have certainly caught the attention of our lawmakers. Calls for investigations into procedures at our watchdog agencies offer renewed hope for the future. And with the pressure from consumers, advances in technology, and a foodservice industry that is increasingly educating its workers, a sea change is coming in the way we structure our agencies and ensure a safe food supply. Until then, we must, as an industry, remain vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the health of our customers and the safety of our food.

Now they certify upwards of 200,000 a year. At the CIA, the ServSafe course is mandatory. Taught by Professor in Liberal Arts Rich Vergili and Manager of Student Employment Barbara Campbell, this course

Food Safety Resources:

looks at not only the specifics of safe preparation of food, but attempts

to connect young culinarians to food in a way that will enable them to

take on the responsibility of being champions of a safe food supply. And that responsibility, according to Plassche, means knowing without a doubt the food safety practices of your food sources. He suggests putting suppliers through rigorous screening and drilling down to make sure that standards and audits are in place to reduce risk. He sites SYSCO, which goes as far as to conduct historical studies of the land they are growing their produce on and the sources of certain products that are prone to food safety risks. And while small operations surely don’t have the resources for that kind of due diligence, it is always possible to shop around for producers and distributors who are willing to be transparent about their practices. Michigan State University’s Center for Integrative Toxicology Internet Guide to Food Safety and Security by Elizabeth Connor The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Safe Food by Marion Nestle


anatomy of an outbreak 2008 With all the watchdog agencies out there, how is it that we are still getting sick from the innocuous tomato, jalapeño, spinach leaf, or peanut butter sandwich? And why does it take so long for agencies to issue recalls and secure public safety? A look at one of the two most recent outbreaks may shed light on the process and answer these questions.

Diseases at the CDC, spoke about the typical course of an outbreak. He reported that they usually begin slowly with scattered consumer complaints of illness. From there, healthcare providers begin reporting clusters of similar symptoms. Information from the national network of federal, state, and local public health laboratories that develop DNA “fingerprints” of bacteria are then accessed. If links are found between cases, then the clusters are classified as an “outbreak.” And finally, reports in the media alert the public and may heighten their awareness of the origin of their own symptoms. There is a natural, built-in delay between when an illness starts and the date a case is reported to public

Salmonella Saintpaul

health authorities.

The recent National Restaurant Association’s “Food Safety in the 21st

Here is a very broad timeline of the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak

Century Marketplace” conference served as a forum for speakers from all segments of the foodservice industry to discuss growing concerns about our global food supply. In his presentation, David Warnock, Ph.D., director of the Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic

as presented by Dr. Warnock. It doesn’t reflect the many hours of interviews, gathering of samples, scientific lab testing, control testing, or conference calls and meetings between agencies. It does, however, reflect the fact that tracing back an outbreak and isolating a single source can be remarkably difficult.







Trace back of

FDA issues consumer alert for New

FDA publishes

FDA expands

CDC issues advisory

FDA updates

products begins.

Mexico and Texas, warning consumers

a list of states,


update—167 cases in 17

list of tomato-

not to eat raw, red plum, red Roma, or

territories, and

advisory to be

states. Major restaurant

growing areas

round red tomatoes. On-the-vine and

countries where

nationwide. New

chains and grocery

not associated

cherry tomatoes were exempt from

these tomatoes

Mexico issues

chains announce they

with the

this alert. Thirty potentially linked

are grown and

press release on

are pulling tomatoes


illnesses appear in other states.


55 cases.

from their outlets.

JUly 1:



Joint FDA-CDC advisory

North Carolina investigates


update—869 cases with 107

cluster of 13 illnesses and results

clear tomatoes

hospitalizations. Tomatoes

implicate guacamole made with

as illness source.

still lead suspect. Other food

raw, red Roma tomatoes and

Farms are no

items consumed with tomatoes

serrano peppers. CDC considers

longer producing

are being investigated. A new

strong probability that illnesses

positive cultures.

case control study established.

are caused by more than one

Increased number of labs

food item.

involved in testing food items.








The first incidents

New Mexico

New Mexico Department of

Match to

New Mexico officials

New Mexico

of possible

Department of

Health notifies the CDC that a

outbreak strain

hypothesize fresh

issues press

foodborne illnesses

Health begins

cluster of 19 Salmonella cases

identified in

tomatoes are the


get reported to

collecting specimens;

are under investigation and

Colorado and

source. The CDC

associating New


serotyping them as

epidemiologists begin patient

Texas and a

notifies the FDA of

Mexico illnesses

interviews. Data collected


this hypothesis and

with fresh

includes travel; daycare


New Mexico begins a

tomatoes and

contact; contact with reptiles,


case control study.

identifies three

Salmonella Saintpaul.

pets, and farm animals; types

retail sources.

and sources of drinking water; history of swimming; and an extensive history regarding the location of, and the actual foods eaten, for a full five days prior to the illness onset.




Joint FDA-CDC press release

Texas reports an additional 134 cases.

CDC issues

states outbreak is not over with

CDC issues advisory update—552


new cases being reported; 383

cases in 32 states. Checking for


cases from 30 states. Assumes

contamination between Mexico and

cases in 33

contaminated tomatoes came

Florida. CDC and Texas investigate


from Mexico or Florida.

a cluster of 47 illnesses whose results implicate jalapeño peppers.

august 21:




FDA announces finding

FDA advises

FDA announces

CDC issues advisory—1,442 cases in 43 states with

contaminated jalapeño

consumers not to

contaminated serrano

286 people hospitalized. Serrano and jalapeño

peppers at McAllen,

eat jalapeño peppers

peppers and irrigation

peppers grown, harvested, or packed in Mexico

TX distribution center.

grown in Mexico.

water at farm in

are cause of some of the clusters and major vehicle

These peppers were

Domestic peppers

Mexico. Advises

in outbreak. Outbreak has ended. No new cases

grown in Mexico.

are not implicated in

consumers not to eat

of illness are reported. Final assessment of specific

Consumers told to avoid


serrano peppers grown

food of origin—still unclear.

fresh jalapeño peppers.

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in Mexico.


A Nicaraguan Coffee Harvest

From Seed to Cup Boa constrictors; giant moths; big-eyed, gerbil-like rodents; howler monkeys; pacas; and worms that slithered around in packs were just some of the creatures that greeted recent graduate and coffee enthusiast Bernie Tostanowski III ’09 and Lecturing Instructor in Café Operations Denise Hall ’96 on their coffee sojourn to Nicaragua. Counter Culture, an organic coffee-roasting company in Durham, NC, is dedicated to educating the world about fine, direct-trade coffee. Its commitment to spreading the word extends to organizing educational trips of origin for its customers that take them to Counter Culture’s partnering organic coffee farms in San Ramón, Nicaragua. As the first Counter Culture Coffee Scholarship recipient, Bernie, along with his instructor Denise Hall, gladly took them up on the offer to learn more about coffee by following the beans from harvest to export and then brewing. Landing in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, they encountered a fairly modern city with palm tree-lined roads and, you guessed it, a Best Western Hotel where our CIA adventurers stayed. But after only one night, they waved goodbye to luxury and embarked on a three-hour van ride to San Ramón, where they were installed at Finca Esperanza Verde, a coffee farm that was their base of operations for the next week. Guided by staff from Counter Culture, Bernie, Denise, and the other group members got the lay of the land by hiking the hilly trails all around the farm. They discovered the variety of vegetation necessary to provide the shade coffee plants require for maximum growth. They learned about a unique wormcomposting system that marries coffee bean husks with worms and water to create a concentrated run-off used as a liquid fertilizer. And they visited the butterfly pavilion that supports the growth of the butterflies needed for the local ecology. The day they spent picking coffee beans high up on the hot, humid, but verdant hills of San Ramon held many surprises. “Unlike a winery where you can clearly see the rows and find your grapes to pick, coffee plants are grown under the banana plants and amidst many other varieties of vegetation,” explained Denise. “Once in the forest, it was possible to see a semblance of order. And then, all you needed to do was pick the ripe, bright-red cherries that contained the beans.”


But it was not that simple, according to Bernie. “The eight of us from the U.S. spent 2½ hours picking ripe beans [cherries] and tossing them into baskets tied around our waists,” he said. “When we tallied up our harvest, we had picked less than half the amount an experienced picker would have harvested. And, we had collectively earned only $4.50.” During visits to other coffee cooperative farms, Bernie and Denise were struck by the primitive conditions in which the growers and their families live. Scrap wood walls and dirt floors were not uncommon. But, while their family homes may be little more than shanties, their milling houses are often constructed of brick. At one farm, the owner has two de-husking machines in his wet mill building. A cot in the corner is reserved for his uncle, who sleeps there to ensure that no one steals the machines in the dead of night. Nicaragua is the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, but all the farmers in this cooperative have ownership of their land because, after the revolution, the government allowed people to homestead. Counter Culture works to ensure that there is no middleman, and that all profits from the harvest go directly back to the farmer. Counter Culture has helped all of its growers to develop organic practices. Trust and commitment on both sides is essential, as that type of conversion can take as long as seven years to accomplish. As a bonus, the group was able to squeeze in a trip to a local chocolate factory to observe the facility where they roast and process cacao. And finally, they all returned to the U.S. to spend a full day back in Counter Culture’s main roasting facility in Durham, NC. Bernie got to roast his own small batch of the very beans harvested at Finca Esperanza Verde. Bernie’s enthusiasm for learning and interest in every facet of the coffee-making process has led Counter Culture to consider making this an ongoing scholarship for a student interested in pursuing coffee as a career. Bernie most definitely will. He explains his vision this way. “I love music, and I’m passionate about coffee. I’m hoping to one day have a coffee house that serves up truly excellent coffee and great live music.”


Inauguration By Jennifer O’Neill


We received an e-mail “S.O.S.” from Occasions Caterers, a

this event was plentiful so it didn’t seem to matter when we ran

prominent Washington, DC firm owned by my twin cousins Mark

out of tea bags. Our servers’ friendly smiles and the music of the

and Eric Michael that

Dartmouth Gospel Choir, BeBe Winans, and Carole King seemed

read, “We need extra

to help the tea drinkers forgive and forget.

waiters and kitchen staff

1:30 P.m. Plates and tables cleared, our weary group stepped

to work inauguration

outside and was immediately rejuvenated by a city filled with joy

events! Can the CIA

and enthusiasm. We follow our hearts (and thousands of other

help?” Our response

people) to the National Mall to enjoy the “We Are One” concert.

was a resounding,

Everyone was transported as the music of Bruce Springsteen, John

“Yes, we can!” Three our

Mellencamp, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, and others filled the air.

current CIA students,

lunteers intrepid cia vo

two staff from the Advancement Office, and

many CIA alumni from the DC area answered the call.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Our intrepid group was scheduled to work three of Occasions’ 50 scheduled events over inaugural weekend. Our experience

Event #2: Bipartisan Dinner Honoring Colin Powell for 1,200 guests at the National Building Museum

was simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating. But at the end of each day we realized how essential the foodservice industry is. Without it, there is no party!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Event #1: Breakfast for 2,200 guests. Sponsored by the Inaugural Finance Committee at the National Building Museum

10 A.m. Our tent kitchen was freezing! Heaters were turned off to keep 1,200 grilled Gulf shrimp and passion fruit salads chilled.

4 a.m. Arriving in the dark, we immediately started prepping country egg pie, apple pain perdu, applewood smoked bacon, and platters of tropical fruit. And as you would expect at an event of this magnitude, small but annoying problems invariably cropped up. We were short 58 bowls of butter, were low on jam, and didn’t have enough electricity in our kitchen to power the coffee urns. But ingenuity, from Occasions’ staff, overcame each obstacle.

6 a.m. Suddenly, drifting in over the clatter and hubbub,

We wore our down coats while our frozen fingers attempted to plate vegetables in the shape of an artist’s palette. While the Secret Service “swept” the Great Hall—a three-hour operation—servers were stopped in the middle of setup. They removed us from the kitchen to be “magged” with a metal detector. Then, the Secret Service insisted we move our CIA van or it would be towed immediately. Assistant Director of Donor Relations Rebecca Kent raced out the doors screaming to Secret Service agents, “Please don’t tow that van!” But, finding a tow-free zone

came the strains of Carole King’s “Natural

was nearly impossible. Stopping a DC police

Woman.” We all remarked that the sound

officer to ask for help, she discovered he was a

system must be great because her voice

proud CIA grad. The CIA to the rescue, again.

sounded so real. And it was real! Carole

3 P.m. Already behind schedule, we raced to

King was in the Great Hall warming up

catch up in the kitchen when we met Marilyn,

for her performance later. The goodwill at


jennifer o’neill

& pe ter ziehl

a determined Department of

all eyes turned to the television. But the moment it was over our

Health officer. She hovered over

guests rediscovered their voracious appetites! We replenished our

the chef as he cooked, slowed

waning energy with quick trips to the rooftop to scan the parade

production with the wave of her

route below. Though unsettling, it was also comforting to see

meat thermometer, and frightened

snipers posted on every rooftop.

workers as she yelled about proper

4 p.m. Twelve hours after we’d arrived, the last guest departed.

gloves and sanitation procedures.

We were bone-tired and did our best to clean up as quickly as

5 P.m. Anticipation ran high as guests arrived, many of them

possible—the end was in sight!

celebrities and dignitaries. We asked Ben Affleck to please move

5:30 P.m. Completely spent, we desired nothing more

aside so we could pour wine, chatted with actor Bradley Whitford, passed individual cheesecakes to Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, shared greetings with Steven Spielberg and Smokey Robinson, and even got to talk to Jamie Lee Curtis while on a bathroom break! It was a surreal experience. Senator John Warner introduced Colin Powell and Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden, who both spoke. Then, to a spellbound crowd, President-Elect Obama took the stage

than sleep, but it eluded us as visions of our once-in-a-lifetime experience replayed in our minds. Now, when anyone asks if, despite extraordinary circumstances, CIA students and staff will provide first-class foodservice that’s worthy of a president, our answer will be…Yes, We Can! Jennifer O’Neill is an alumni relations officer.

to speak about Colin Powell’s many accomplishments. We were breathless both because we were only 150 feet away from the next Commander in Chief and because we’d just served 1,200 people in 10 minutes flat.

MIDNIGHT: Exhausted, we hit the sheets…our wake-up call was for 3 a.m.!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009—Inauguration Day!

Event #3: Swearing In and Parade Viewing Party for 900+ guests high atop Pennsylvania Avenue 4 a.m. After only three hours of sleep, we were running on fumes. Nonetheless, we wrestled dozens of Cres-Cors up service elevators to the building’s 12th floor. Our client had requested a six-hour buffet. Almost immediately, we hit a snafu. Due to security and transportation problems, 20 of our staff were “no shows.” Now each of us had to do the work of three people.

10 a.m. The food flew out of the kitchen and into guests’ mouths so fast we were constantly rushing to prep and restock.

Inaugural Query “If you could be anyone in Washington D.C. this week…who would it be?”

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Rebecca Morris: “I’m so happy that for the first time since the Kennedy administration there will be small children running around the White House. I can only imagine Sasha and Malia’s excitement. I’d love to be one of those kids—having sleepovers…playing pranks on the Secret Service…and visiting my dad at the office.” Peter Weltman: “I wish I were Abraham Lincoln. His face was never far from inaugural events. His “House Divided” plea was referenced during the first of many speeches at our breakfast events and it set the tone of ‘unity.’ Not only did his monument have the best seat in the house during the ‘We Are One’ concert, but I know he would be proud to witness the excitement in Washington.”

During the swearing-in ceremony the party came to a halt as

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You Make Us Better One Student at a Time invaluable insights offer students a glimpse into the real world

A Man With a Mission

of foodservice. Your astute advice guides them as they make

When Paul Sofka ’97

important career choices. And the modeling of your expertise and

talks about spreading

professionalism sets the standard for their own performance. Your

the word, he means it in

commitment to them and to all things culinary helps pass on a

the culinary sense. Paul

legacy that starts at the doors of the CIA.

is in the unique position

Every day of the year, alumni like you reach out to current and prospective students and do something extraordinary. Your

of director of culinary

Whether you choose to be a mentor, provide an externship site,

services at the Houston

expand students’ education by offering a demo on campus, talk

First Baptist Church in

the ears off a prospective student and his or her parents at a

Houston, TX. There are

College Fair, or donate a Gift-in-Kind to the college, every one of

many challenges when you

your generous acts helps to Make Us Better. paul sofka ‘97

Friends in Chicago

as many as 14,000 members. Paul might find himself preparing

For the past 12 years,

people, providing lunches for the K-8 church school and childcare

Michael Garbin ’76

center, or creating daily meals for the more than 200 church staff.

has been hosting

But Paul’s other job is to spread the word about the CIA. That’s

the CIA’s Alumni

why he attends Career and College Fairs, representing the CIA

Reception during the

whenever he can. He describes three types of people he meets

National Restaurant

there—parents who wish they could go to culinary school, kids

Association’s annual

who definitely know they want to come to the CIA, and the ones

meeting in Chicago,

he calls the “wanderers.” He’s there to convince them that the CIA

IL. Michael is the

is the best culinary education around. There’s nothing like a man

executive chef at the

with a mission!

of Chicago where the


Club’s membership

Not many chefs can say

recognizes the

they recruit potential

importance of

externs for their hotels

Michael’s relationship with the CIA. With three restaurants and

by playing ice hockey,

180 guest rooms, this private club has all the amenities of a small

but Mark Quitney ’85,

hotel, and a CIA-trained executive chef certainly adds to their

executive chef at the New

cachet. Michael gives back to the CIA by coordinating the Alumni

Orleans Marriott, can. In

Reception. Every year, he asks for and receives the unstinting

the past when he would

support of local alumni. Together they donate all the food and

come north to the CIA’s

beverages for the event, leaving the CIA with only the expense for

Career Fairs, he would take

the wait staff. “I feel that hosting this reception is the best way for me to continue to give back to the college,” Michael says. “I want the CIA to know they have friends here in Chicago!”


congregation that numbers

meals for a three-day Southern Baptist Convention of 8,000

Union League Club

Michael Garbin ‘76

provide sustenance to a

the time to engage some mark quitney ‘87

of the students in a lively scrimmage during which he

could formulate opinions about whether they would be a good match

as an externship site for CIA students. Externs have six weeks in

for an externship slot. If you think Mark has fun when he’s visiting

each of three areas—fine dining, casual, and banquet. This ensures

the CIA, you’d be right. “I love my school,” he says. “The best part of

they have time to become part of the team and develop a routine and

being a student here was that everyone wanted to be a chef.” Today,

rhythm. Even though he is now extremely busy as executive chef, Sean

Mark, who has been with Marriott for over 19 years, has revitalized

still finds time to be part of the students’ training. “I love working

the New Orleans Marriott, taking it to 12th place among the 330

side-by-side with them, plating up on the banquet line or when I’m

Marriott properties! He’s also started a Culinary Council with the

expediting in the kitchen. But the most rewarding thing is getting

other four Marriotts in New Orleans to lower costs and consolidate

letters from former externs telling me how they have progressed in

ideas. He loves the fact that after an externship with Marriott,

their careers and knowing I’ve made an impact.”

many of his CIA students come back and work for the company. GOAAAALLL!

Thanks to all who already give so much of their time and expertise to our students. But there are so many more talented

Duck, Duck, Goose

and experienced alumni out there we hope will consider ways

When Robert Ambrose

at a time.

’88 gives a demonstration about foie gras to students in Professor Patrick

they can have an impact and make the CIA better…one student

For more information, contact Alumni Relations at 845-451-1401 or e-mail us at

Bottiglieri’s class, he’s come to expect certain things: CIA students are well-informed, they ask lots of pertinent questions that others might not think of, and they are concerned about every step of the production process, from raising the ducks to robert ambrose ‘88

preparation for cooking. His pleasure in educating

current CIA students and his commitment to the college is evident in the many things he does. Through his work as chef and sales representative at Bella Bella Gourmet Foods—a prime source for foie gras, specialty meat, and heirloom poultry—Robert has donated product for the annual Dinner with the Masters®, participated in the Hudson Valley Harvest Dinner showcasing local products, and provided lively demonstrations for our students.

Cultivating Chefs “I enjoy working with students to help them learn and grow, and to build future leaders for the industry,” says Sean Woods ’92, executive chef at Ritz-Carlton, Orlando Grande-Lakes. Almost 17 years ago, when Sean was a mid-level manager, he established the Ritz-Carlton

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Sean Woods ‘92 with extern laura hooten ‘09


Greystone’s New Green Residence During a recent visit to the Greystone campus, Tim officially broke

Following the Presidential Trail

ground for a new student housing facility that will probably be

Change is a constant at the CIA; whether it’s a new CIA board

house 60 students and a resident assistant. Water conservation and

chairman, a new cutting-edge residence lodge at our Greystone

energy efficiency are key components of this project. To that end,

campus, or just the prospect of a new president in Washington, DC.

low-flow sinks, toilets, and showers as well as wastewater treated for

President Tim Ryan is involved in these changes—both weighty and

landscape irrigation, are planned. Solar panels will heat water used

light—revealing the variety of hats a college president wears.

in the facility and collect energy for electric power.

Presidents and Board Chairs Convene

The lodge is expected to be finished in July 2009 with a Leadership

In January, Tim and Chairman of the Board Cameron Mitchell

one of the greenest buildings in the Napa Valley. Its 31 units will

in Energy Efficiency in Design (LEED) gold certification.

’86 attended the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (AGB) Conference for presidents and board chairs. The 42 participants—21 presidents and 21 chairs—were there to get up to speed regarding their roles and responsibilities, to hear the latest best practices, and to exchange information and insights with other leaders in higher education. Even more important was the time provided for presidents and chairs to bond, think, and discuss plans for how they are going to move forward with their specific boards. Tim and Cameron came away with similar observations: • The CIA Board is in very good shape, and its processes and procedures meet or exceed the best practices presented. • The CIA is well-known and highly regarded, garnering more interest from conference participants than any other college present.

Left to right: Greystone Director of Administration & Finance Bob Graham, Tim, and Managing Director Charles Henning at groundbreaking.

From President Ryan to President Obama The Rachael Ray daytime talk show invited presidents from various sectors of the business and entertainment world to share their management tips with Mr. Obama in advance of his becoming President of The United States of America. Tim’s particular advice for the future president carried the ring of familiar themes. “As we all know, America already has all the right ingredients. Given that, I encourage President Obama to approach his job much as a master chef would. Focus on bringing out the very best in the ingredients you have—without over-complicating the dish. Adjust the seasoning as you go, and keep your kitchen spotlessly clean. And remember that while few dishes will appeal to all, you should have something on your menu for everyone—even if their tastes and preferences are different. If you follow

President Ryan and chairman of the board cameron mitchell


that formula, the result will surely be a winning recipe for our nation’s future. Congratulations, and we here at the other CIA wish you the best in your Presidency.”

Student Creativity

Serves Community problem and clean up the mess. But the guests never knew—they experienced a flawless event. Raising money for their chosen charity required that students approach local store owners and individuals as well as the CIA The B.P.S. Restaurant Operations course, taught by Professor

for raffle items. Gifts included books, wine, food, health club

Patrick Bottiglieri and Associate Professor Bill Guilfoyle, has

memberships, and jewelry. Raffle tickets were a modest $2 each.

added a new requirement. Students in this capstone course must

The students were exhausted but delighted with the results of their

organize and manage an entire fine-dining event—soup to nuts.

efforts. “It was great way to use all the skills we’ve leaned so far,”

With a fixed budget in hand, students in each of the course’s five

said Chelsey Poole ’09. And Carolyn Coppolo ’09 was happy to

sections had to come up with a concept, determine a marketing

see that “even in a recession, the community was willing to help a

plan, and organize the front- and back-of-the-house operations.

good cause.” The evening’s raffle raised $1,140. All monies were

Students were responsible for recipes, costing, budget, and

donated directly to the American Heart Association.

formulating an accurate profit and loss statement. And finally, the group had to decide which charitable organization would be the recipient of the event’s profits.

Some other student-run events that benefited the community were: Fire and Ice Progressive Dinner Guests started the evening at St. Andrew’s Café, where they enjoyed a reception and silent auction. Then it was off to Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici for a wonderful dinner. All told, the auction and dinner raised enough money to donate $4,000 to Dutchess Outreach (the class’s chosen charity) with an additional $2,400 going to the CIA Scholarship Fund. Fantastic! Valentine’s Day Dinner-Dance Farquharson Hall was transformed into a romantic getaway for 170 guests. They all enjoyed a reception, open bar, five-course dinner, and dancing to the popular band, The Big Smoothies—who

A look at the January 2009 Fabulous Las Vegas! dinner event

brought down the house! In

provides a window into the challenges and learnings of this

all, $2,600 was raised for

hands-on experience. The cocktail hour in Farquharson Hall

the Leukemia/Lymphoma

had an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvre, and casino games like


blackjack, baccarat, craps, and roulette. Then, the guests moved to Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici where six serving stations, each bearing the names of famous Las Vegas hotels, were set up.

As an educational experience, these five events couldn’t have been more

As in real life, the unexpected often happens. Fabulous Las Vegas!

perfect. As a community

was no exception. Putting water into the base of a soup warmer

service project, they couldn’t

resulted in a leak of mammoth proportions. With the doors about

have been more timely. Kudos

to open, students worked frantically to find out the cause of the

to all our creative students!

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Going, Going, Green By Shelly Loveland At the CIA we are keenly aware of the importance of sourcing food locally, promoting sustainable agriculture, reducing waste and pollution, and conserving energy. That’s why understanding green principles is a

the lessons of the classroom. Students in Hyde Park sell their gardens’ bounty to the CIA storeroom and to local alumni-owned restaurants. California students sell product from their “Greystone Green Thumbs” booth at the St. Helena Farmers’ Market.

fundamental part of our students’ educational experience

Providing a Green Environment

as well as an institution-wide commitment. At the CIA,


“being green” means protecting the environment through

Here are just a few statistics that reveal the CIA’s commitment to

initiatives such as these…

recycling, composting, and even pre-cycling.

Promoting Sustainability Sourcing From Local Farms By “going local,” the CIA is able to reduce its carbon footprint, help nearby farms thrive, and allow students to better understand the benefits of the chef-farmer connection. The CIA is the first college known to have a farm liaison. Paul Wigsten, produce buyer at the Hyde Park, NY campus and a 10th-generation farmer, holds this unique position. Each February, he meets with area growers to review the ingredients CIA chef-instructors plan to use in the coming year. The farmers then plant crops accordingly. In 2007 alone, the CIA purchased $500,000 worth of product from more than 24 Hudson Valley farms.

• Food scraps—1.7 tons per day—are sent weekly to McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton, NY for composting. • Used cooking oil is sent to Mopac for recycling and conversion to biodiesel. Greystone’s used cooking oil is sent to St. Helena High School, where students transform it into biodiesel fuel that’s sold to wineries to power their equipment. • Glass, metal, corrugated cardboard, and plastics are sent to Waste Management, Inc. • Eliminated the use of 15,000–18,000 paper cups a week on the Hyde Park campus. Housing The six residence lodges on the Hyde Park campus were designed for optimal energy efficiency. That investment was recognized with a rebate incentive from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. As one of their many energy-saving features, the lodges employ geothermal heat pumps, which use the

Out in California, the CIA at Greystone is perfectly

Earth’s constant temperatures for heating and cooling. According

situated to take full advantage of the state’s renowned

to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, these heat pumps

agricultural riches. Purchasing Manager Jim DeJoy works

are the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-

closely with his distributor to, as much as possible, source

effective systems for temperature control. Preliminary reports

just the right ingredients for Greystone’s restaurants

show that the CIA lodges use 52 percent less energy as compared

and education programs from growers located within a

with annual averages for student lodging in the Northeast.

50-mile radius of the St. Helena, CA campus.

New student housing at Greystone has been designed to earn

Sustainability in Education

a minimum gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and

From Introduction to Gastronomy to the Wine and

Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building

Food Seminar, the CIA curriculum helps students gain a

Council. (See p. 20 for more.)

profound understanding of where food comes from and how its production affects the world we live in. Student clubs like the CIA Garden Society and Chefs Sustaining Agriculture in Hyde Park, and the Greystone Student


Organic Garden Project on the St. Helena campus, make real

These and other initiatives that are in the works ensure that the CIA is always going, going, green. Shelly Loveland is a writer/editor at the CIA.


Management Mauro Sessarego, who recently earned his Master of Science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Service Leadership and Innovation. His course of study included such courses

President Ryan Receives Award

as service metrics, human resources, and global management.

The Silver Plate Award for Specialty Foodservices will be presented to

To Hell and Back

President Tim Ryan on Monday, May 18, 2009, at a banquet hosted by IFMA at the National Restaurant Association’s Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago. The Silver Plate is awarded in nine categories representing the industry’s segments. At the banquet, one of the Silver Plate recipients will be named winner of the coveted Gold Plate.

The Staff of Life Lecturing Instructor in Baking and Pastry Arts Hans Welker and former Teaching Assistant Christopher Teixeira ’07 were awarded the gold medal for Best Bakery Display at the 140th Annual Salon of Culinary Arts sponsored by The Société Culinaire Philanthropique at the 93rd International Hotel/Motel Restaurant Show. Hans and Chris created an amazing showpiece table that groaned under the weight of 47 different types of yeasted and non-yeasted decorated breads.

As Hell’s Kitchen Season 5 premieres, three CIA grads stand poised and ready to take on the often-painful route that leads to the grand prize—a head chef position at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ. Demanding absolute perfection, Michelin three-star Chef Gordon Ramsay puts the chefs through hellish, rigorous culinary challenges, testing to see who will crack under the intense pressure. Best of luck to our three alumni: Ji-Hyun Cha ’04, a private caterer in Palisades Park, NJ; Andrea Heinly ’06, a line cook from Reading, PA; and Giovanni Filippone ’97, an executive chef in Destin, FL. All should take comfort in the fact that two CIA graduates have prevailed in the past. Heather West ’03 was the Season 2 winner and Christina Machamer ’08 was the Season 4 winner.

Alumni Across America Success Guests poured into the Westerly Yacht Club for the Fifth Annual Alumni Across America Scholarship Dinner anticipating another memorable meal created by Alumni Council member David Miguel

Fab Faculty!

’78 and his CIA alumni friends. This event, which is in its fifth year,

Kudos to Associate Dean for Curriculum and Instruction for Culinary

Fidrych ’82, Joseph Collins ’81, Andrew Nathan ’85, Matt Chacho

Arts Thomas Griffiths ’80, who was named the 2009 ACF Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year. He will compete for the national title against other winning regional counterparts at the 2009 ACF National Convention in Orlando, FL in July. Congratulations to Associate Professor in Hospitality and Service

was created by David and his team: Barbaraellen Olson ’82, Paul ’05, William Gifford ’01, Eric Perrin ’86, Brian Levitsky ’99, David Gryzch ’86, and new CIA student Frank Drury. Westerly resident Ken Sorensen ’73, kindly provided housing for the Alumni Relations team. This terrific group of alumni raised $8,000 for CIA student scholarships—and we thank them!

chef miguel (center) with his cia buddies


charlie palmer (second from right) and wife lisa (center) with friends

Glorious thomas zacharias, josé andrés, amanda essner, grant achatz, and laura hooten

josé andrés, joseba encabo, ferran adrià, and tim ryan

ruth reichl, grant achatz, and tim ryan

At the annual CIA Leadership Gala on March 26, excitement

what a restaurant can be.” In his gracious acceptance speech,

filled the air as captains of the culinary industry, renowned

Grant acknowledged the CIA for teaching him the fundamentals

chefs, and devotees of the CIA converged to honor this year’s

and skills critical to every chef, Ruth Reichl for using her

Augie recipients. And, while enjoying an evening of food and

powerful culinary voice in support of purity and passion in

conviviality, they were also helping to raise funds for CIA

food, and Ferran Adrià for opening people’s minds to modern

scholarship endowment.

gastronomy and making this an exciting time to be a chef.

With the colorful actress Ruta Lee as emcee, the evening was

José Andrés, celebrated chef and owner of award-winning

filled with both comic and serious moments as Alumnus of the

restaurants in Washington, DC, had the honor of introducing

Year Grant Achatz ’94, Chef of the Year Ferran Adrià, and Hall

his good friend and mentor Ferran Adrià. “What makes

of Fame inductee John Profaci, Sr. took the stage to accept their

Ferran great is that he is never afraid to fail and has

Augie awards.

more enthusiasm than anyone I know,” he explained.

Ruth Reichl, renowned food critic and editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, spoke about the first time she ate at Grant Achatz’s restaurant Alinea. “I was skeptical at first, but midway through the meal I found myself laughing with delight,” she recounted. “Not only is Grant’s food sensual and intellectual, it pushes the boundaries of the culinary experience—redefining our notion of


“The true heart of this man is that day in and day out he is sharing his knowledge with everyone and helping them ask the most important question— Why?” With Associate Professor in Culinary Arts Joseba Encabo providing translation, Ferran Adrià accepted his award with acknowledgements to his brother Albert, who oversees the sweets at elBulli,

Gala john profaci

cipriani 42nd street

ferran adrià, grant achatz , and john profaci

cameron and molly mitchell (left) with connie and john profaci

and Oriol Castro, chef de cuisine at elBulli. When remembering the

When Mr. Profaci took the stage, everyone rose as one to applaud

time he’d spent, the day before, speaking and giving a demo to CIA

a man who helped change the way Americans eat and whose word

students, he emotionally revealed, “One of the most wonderful days

is his bond. Indeed, his initial agreement with Enrico Colavita

of my life was yesterday at the CIA. I have never before experienced

to bring extra virgin olive oil to the U.S. market was sealed with

2,400 students all of whose eyes were filled with a passion for what

just a simple handshake. Mr. Profaci recounted how, in the early

they do.”

days, supermarkets refused to put his olive oil on the shelves,

President Tim Ryan had the final honor of the evening as he introduced the Hall of Fame inductee, John Profaci, Sr. Offering a brief history on the olive oil industry in the U.S., President Ryan described how all the groundwork John Profaci and his company, Colavita USA, had laid down

believing it too hard to sell to the American consumer. Mr. Profaci explained, “It was restaurant chefs who were responsible for my initial success. They saw the beauty in the product and bought it.” So it was fitting that his award came from the CIA, a school that educates some of the world’s best chefs.

in the ’70s bore fruit when opportunity finally

Everyone in attendance felt the honorees’ gratitude and emotion

knocked in the mid-’80s. Referring to Mr. Profaci

as they accepted their Augies. And the opportunity to meet and

as a “legendary gentleman,” he explained how

recognize three of the culinary world’s transformational figures

the CIA has been the beneficiary of the Profacis’

was a memory not soon to be forgotten.

largesse in the form of the Colavita Center for Italian Food and Wine on the Hyde Park campus.

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SkillsUSA & CIA

Create National Culinary Training Center Culinary education at every level is at the center of the CIA’s

for the chance to go to WorldSkills. Judging took place at the

mission. To that end, the college has formed an exciting

Hyde Park campus in front of CIA chef judges. Under a tight time

partnership with SkillsUSA. Together they’ve established the

constraint, they each had to debone a chicken, ice a complete

SkillsUSA WorldTeam National Culinary Training Center at

cake, and small-dice three pounds of carrots. In addition, Chef

the CIA in Hyde Park, NY. The college is providing technical

Mattel interviewed each competitor. When all was said and done,

expertise and educational resources to prepare the national

Craig earned the privilege of representing the U.S. in the 2009

culinary champion to represent the United States at the September

WorldSkills Competition for Culinary Arts.

2009 WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Canada. CIA faculty member Bruce Mattel ’80 has designed a training curriculum for the finalist, who began training in January 2009 for the competition in Calgary. “SkillsUSA is proud to partner with The Culinary Institute of America,” said Peter Carey, coordinator of SkillsUSA’s WorldTeam. “By joining forces with one of America’s premier culinary educational institutions, SkillsUSA students will have a leg up in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete on the world stage at the WorldSkills competitions.”

As it turns out, Craig is no stranger to competition. As a member of SkillsUSA during all four years of high school, he competed and twice earned first place in his home state of New Jersey. Those wins propelled him to a larger competition stage at the nationals. And now, for three hours every Wednesday morning, you can find Chef Mattel and Craig working together as Craig practices the skills needed to meet the culinary challenges he will face in Calgary next September. At that four-day competition, there will be 22 hours of actual prep and cooking time. Craig will have to

Craig Growney, a current CIA B.P.S. student, and two other past

flawlessly prepare canapés, duck and lamb entrées, a fish course,

SkillsUSA national gold medalists competed against each other

a hot dessert, a plate of mini desserts, and a mystery basket from which he will have to produce a three-course meal. Despite the fact that he has to fit the rigorous training schedule that Chef Mattel has created into his daily course schedule, Craig still has time to be a group leader for his class. When asked how he manages to do everything, he says, “Chef Mattel is a fabulous teacher; I love a challenge and, I guess, I thrive on the competition.” Right now, with Chef Mattel’s help, Craig is focused on learning to create superior minidesserts—medal-winning desserts— this time in front of the world!


Lectures and Classes For You…

…and the Food Enthusiasts in Your Life

Why not consider combining a visit to check out all the exciting

The CIA has changed your life. Now it’s time to let your favorite food

changes happening at your alma mater with a bit of education and

enthusiasts know how it can change theirs. As the world’s premier

fun? All alumni are welcome to attend the Dooley Lecture Series

culinary college, the CIA offers unparalleled experiences for food

at the Hyde Park campus. Check out these exciting and relevant

lovers. From cookbook-inspired Saturday classes and multi-day Boot


Camps in Hyde Park to food and wine adventures at Greystone to Latin cooking classes in San Antonio, the CIA has something for

Paul Roberts

everyone. Share the news about what your alma mater has cooking!

Monday, June 15, 2009 Ecolab Theatre, 2:30–4 p.m. A long-time observer of energy issues and politics, Paul Roberts writes primarily about “the complex interplay of economics, technology, and the natural world.” His most recent book, The End of Food (2008), was described by Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, as “the best analysis of the global food economy you are likely to find.” Roberts appears regularly on BBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, and other media. You won’t want to miss this timely and fascinating discussion.

Hyde Park, NY: • Saturdays at the CIA (May–June) • Gourmet Meals in Minutes

Boot Camp (May 18–22)

• Techniques of Healthy Cooking

Boot Camp (May 26–29)

• Asian Cuisine Boot Camp ( June 8–12) • Mediterranean Boot Camp ( June 15–19)

Charles Simic

• Culinary Boot Camp—Advanced Training ( June 22–26)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

• Italian Cuisine Boot Camp

Ecolab Theatre, 2:30–4 p.m.

Come hear Charles Simic, the nation’s 15th Poet Laureate, read

• BBQ Boot Camp ( July 1–2)

from his exceptional body of work. In addition to being the poetry co-editor of the Paris Review, Simic is an essayist and translator as well as a professor emeritus of creative writing at the University of New Hampshire. He has been honored with the Wallace Stevens Award, a Pulitzer Prize, two PEN Awards, and a

( June 29–July 2)

St. Helena, CA: • Saturdays at the CIA—Napa Valley


• Foods and Flavors from the California

Harvest (May 28)

• Live-Fire Cooking ( June 25–26) • A Taste of Northern California ( July 21–22) • Cooking for the Next Half of Your Life ( July 23–24)

San Antonio, TX:

MacArthur Fellowship.

• A Taste of Mexico:

He is the author of

Puebla and Oaxaca (May 27–29)

19 books of poetry, including his most recent, That Little Something (2008).

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Book Shelf

Gastropolis: Food & New York City Edited by Jonathan Deutsch ’97 and Annie S. HauckLawson

The Flavors of Asia

This book is an irresistible

By Mai Pham in collaboration

look at New York City’s

with the CIA

rich food heritage. In a compilation of engaging

Beautifully photographed

essays, Gastropolis

and meticulously assembled,

explores the personal and

The Flavors of Asia draws

historical relationship between New Yorkers

its inspiration from the CIA’s Worlds of Flavor® International Conference and Festival. In this book, award-winning

and food. Beginning with a look at the foodways of the Lenape Indians, the book goes on to explore the function of place and memory in Asian cuisine, the rise of Jewish food icons, the

restaurateur, chef, and author Mai Pham culls 125 recipes from

evolution of food enterprises in Harlem, the relationship between

40 leading chefs, making it the go-to reference for those who

restaurant dining and identity, and the role of peddlers and

want to create menus using the exciting and complex flavors of

markets in guiding the ingredients of our meals. The authors

China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

share spice-scented recollections of Brooklyn, Queens, and the

By transforming the Worlds of Flavor Conference and Festival

Bronx, and present colorful vignettes of the avant-garde chefs,

into a cookbook, The Culinary Institute of America brings the

entrepreneurs, and patrons who continue to influence the way

conference’s superb culinary talent right into your kitchen.

New Yorkers eat.

Career Diary of a Pastry Chef

Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft, 2nd Edition

By Yuko Kitazawa ’02

By The Culinary Institute of

Follow the professional life of


pastry chef Yuko Kitazawa as she whips up eclectic desserts

First published in 2004, Baking

at a 100-seat, fine-dining

and Pastry quickly became

restaurant in Los Angeles,

an essential resource for

CA. This 30-day diary offers

anyone who wanted to create

a window into the daily

professional-caliber baked

tasks facing today’s high-end

goods and desserts. This

pastry chefs. Going beyond the challenges of production, Yuko talks about striving to find a balance in her

instructions for 625 outstanding recipes, and includes 461 color

life when her demanding work schedule consumes so much time.

photographs and illustrations—more than 60 percent of which are

Each entry in her diary starts with predictions of her anticipated


culinary tasks for the day and ends with her analysis of what she

Topics that are explored include yeast breads, pastry doughs, quick

could have done differently. Yuko, who also has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, offers insight into relevant issues facing members of the foodservice industry. This book is an eye-opener for anyone who might be considering pursuing a career in baking and pastry arts.


second edition offers detailed, step-by-step

breads, cookies, custards, soufflés, icings, and glazes, as well as frozen desserts, pies, cakes, breakfast pastries, savory items, and chocolates and confections. In addition, you’ll find expanded coverage of vegan and kosher baking and important tips on creating such specialty items as petit fours, mini desserts, plated desserts, and wedding cakes.

ProChef® Success: In His Own Words By Karl Thomas, P.C. III/C.E.C. Many people embark on their lifelong career with a very special feeling, one that is not always easy to explain. I am one of those people. From the beginning I have felt a profound love and passion for the craft of cooking. It was always a dream of mine, when I started cooking many years ago, to attend The Culinary Institute of America. However, growing up and living in Jamaica made that dream a challenge to realize— though it never died. After working for some time in the hospitality industry, I found I needed more, not only from a fundamentals standpoint but also on a professional level. I checked both the international and local culinary education

Karl thomas Prochef level III

landscapes, but was having trouble finding a programme to fit into my active career objectives and financial parameters. I discovered that the HEART Trust, Jamaica’s Human Employment and Resource Training

Certification programme showed me new and creative ways in which

agency, had forged a partnership with the CIA and the professional

to test and improve my skills. Each teacher, culinarian, and judge who worked with me offered something important to

chef certification programme, ProChef. This was a dream come true. The ProChef programme gave me the opportunity to test my skills at an international level and taught me the real meaning of being a professional chef. When I enrolled in my first ProChef course (Level I), I had little professional training, but a lot of industry experience. I soon found out that

As a painter uses the colors of the rainbow, a chef uses different flavour profiles to create awesome masterpieces.

to be trained by the Master Chefs at the CIA is the ultimate experience that any chef can wish

my learning experience. They all had different views and approaches, but still had the common knowledge of traditional techniques and cuisines. It is through this process that I discovered that cooking is not just about preparing food, but is an art. As a painter uses the colors of the rainbow, a chef uses different flavour profiles to create awesome masterpieces. In my job at the University of Technology,

for. To follow the road that so many great chefs had traveled before

Jamaica, I function in the capacity of chef technologist. I am entrusted

me was just mind-boggling. Each additional level of the ProChef

with the responsibility of lecturing in the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management as well as guiding the culinary operation at Lillian’s, the school’s training restaurant. I have always enjoyed inspiring young people to do the best they can at all times, and I am a firm believer in lifelong learning. I hope to continue to inspire people by demonstrating that through hard work they can achieve anything. My experience participating in the ProChef Certification programme offered me a wealth of opportunities. The knowledge that I gained will assist in opening many doors both now and in the future. I love what I do, and love making other people happy by doing it.


Why Give? Clyde Young Established the Thomsen J. Young Endowed Scholarship Fund for Greystone A.O.S. candidates What Motivates You to Give? “Last summer, after a long and difficult illness, my husband of 22 years, Thomsen, passed away. I wanted to do something to highlight and remember his life. My husband was a practicing bankruptcy attorney for 30 years, but he was also known as a foodie and oenophile. We were perfectly matched, as I am a Francophile coming from a tradition of European fine dining. In 1986, with my French family in attendance, we married in Paris. We returned in 1996 so Thomsen could attend Le Cordon Bleu® cooking school. When we traveled, he meticulously pre-planned our restaurant stops. I wanted him to be remembered for his love of food, travel, and living well. The CIA was the perfect partner to help achieve my goal. They understand that food is more than sustenance; it feeds the soul as well—allowing people to connect and build life experiences. My husband’s mantra was, ‘Everybody’s gotta eat!’”

What Makes Giving Meaningful? “It was important to me that Thomsen’s name go on in a meaningful way. This scholarship will help students pursue life goals that will enable them to find their place in the world. I want

thomsen young in his home kitchen

to encourage them to be successful in a recognized profession. Our students will be prepared to make positive contributions to

and dignity. I set up an endowment that allows the fund to exist in

the foodservice industry, thanks to their CIA training.

perpetuity. Our friends contributed toward the $50,000 required

By endowing this scholarship in my husband’s name, and another I’ve created to educate American-born women over the age of 35 who wish to attend nursing school, I hope Thomsen and I will give others a chance to pursue professions otherwise inaccessible to them.”

for an endowed scholarship and I made up the difference. Jim Heisey worked diligently with me and my financial advisors to ensure that the endowment was created with my best interests in mind. And now, I will be able to visit ‘my’ students at the Greystone campus in California.”

How Do You Give? “First, I met with Greystone’s Managing Director Charles Henning and the CIA’s Executive Director of Development Jim Heisey. They both understood what I wanted—to give students the opportunity to do what they enjoy and enhance their self-esteem


Giving’s Impact Laura Curtis ’09 A.O.S. Culinary Arts Recipient of the Alumni Endowed Scholarship College Highlights: While I’m thrilled to discuss, work with, and learn about food every day, the highlight of my time at the CIA has been the people I’ve met here. Savannah Jordan from Denver, CO and I met on our very first day and we became best friends. We are both staying on after graduation for the Meat and Fish “Manager in Training” program. We plan to open a restaurant-farm together, have a double wedding, and play godmother to each other’s children! Chefs Johann Sebald and Corky Clark ’71, my meat and fish instructors, shaped my decision to stay an extra year at the CIA. I have accompanied Chef Sebald to witness hog and chicken slaughters to learn where food begins—on the farm. I regularly stop in to Chef Clark’s kitchen for conversation, a quick fish cut, and life lessons. Chef Dan Turgeon ’85, my Skills I instructor, encouraged passion, a sense of urgency, and a thoughtfulness in cooking. Chefs Eve Felder ’88, Anita Eisenhauer, and Theo Roe ’91 have encouraged excellence, respect, and integrity in my cooking and my attitude and approach to food. The core group of people I’ve met at the CIA will continue to

laura Curtis ‘09

shape and inspire my career as a chef and remind me why I love food in the first place.

connections while working as a chef, whether through service,

Outside Interests/Hobbies

lobbying, writing, or a combination.

The CIA encompasses almost everything I love to do. I cook,

The Impact

write, visit farms and food producers, and organize or attend

I didn’t have a financial plan for coming to culinary school. I made

demos and food events. Other than that, I love running, traveling, working The New York Times crossword puzzle, and eating good food with great friends.

a pretty hasty decision—a leap of faith—believing that finances and future concerns would work themselves out. My decision was borderline stupid, but amazingly, everything has worked out!

Hopes for the Future:

Thanks to the Alumni Scholarship, I am graduating the CIA with

I want to be a chef-scholar. I thought going to culinary school

repayments. The scholarship is also confirmation that I am on the

meant setting academic ambitions aside, and I was willing to make

right path, finally doing what I love. I wake up every day eager to

the sacrifice. However, the more I study food, the more links I find

get into the kitchen.

minimal debt, and I can focus on my career rather than on loan

to culture, environment, and politics. I hope to be part of those

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Come Back... We’d Love to See You ALL alumni are invited to join friends, classmates, and colleagues at

REUNION 2009 Friday and Saturday,

October 2-3

We’ll also be honoring the anniversary classes of: 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 For more details or to register, call the Alumni Relations Office at 845-451-1401 or visit

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and click on “Events.”

’78 The Time to Connect is NOW All of us are facing the pressures of a struggling economy. All of us have concerns about jobs, family, and our future. So this is the perfect time to take advantage of the resources available to you through the CIA. Not only do we offer you lifetime career services, but our professional development courses can help

James Kucharik is a programmer/analyst for Victaulic

Company in Easton, PA. He has a new

Gary Maurer is director of food and nutrition at Wood

Services in Langhorne, PA. Ruth Stroup

grandson, Aeson Scott Bowers, born May

is an insurance agent with Farmers


Insurance Group in Oakland, CA serving the foodservice industry from wholesale


Jeffrey Howard is food and beverage director at Randall

Oaks Golf Club and Banquets in West Dundee, IL. He is looking to contact

distribution to restaurants to retail outlets.


Keith DeMars (B.P.S. ’98) is director of nutrition and

you acquire new proficiencies that will add to your culinary

classmates from his year. Robert

repertoire and keep your skills sought after by employers.

Rizzuto is director of dining services at

in Richmond, VA. Brian Matt is general

the New York Institute of Technology’s

manager and COO of the Edgewood

de Seversky Center in Old Westbury,

Country Club in Charleston, WV.

The CIA’s online alumni network and the pages of mise en place are great ways for you to stay in touch with colleagues and

NY, where he is celebrating 25 years of

friends. We encourage you to use the insert in this magazine

service. The Center is one of the few

to send in news of any changes in your work and family life as well as any professional accomplishments. Or, visit and click on Class Notes. We are an outstanding network of professionals who can help each other

existing Gold Coast-era mansions and is one of the New York metropolitan area’s premier conference and dining facilities. James Beard Society.

Steve Swofford ’97


Jennifer O’Neill

Wollensky in Las Vegas, NV.

Patty Hamilton

Alumni Relations Staff

dining for Bon Secours St. Mary Hospital


Daniel Joyce is a general manager for Utah Food Ser-

vices in Salt Lake City, UT.

Rizzuto and his staff are honorees of the

face today’s challenges as we look toward a brighter future.



Garry Fishman is a chef/ owner in Stafford, VA. John

Piccolino is executive chef at Smith &


Thomas James is chef/owner of Elite Catering in Ruidoso,

NM. He will be teaching a fundamentals course when the Culinary Division/Hospitality Department at ENMU Ruidoso opens in Spring 2009. Joe Stern is a facilities maintenance manager for Apple

Shops in Cupertino, CA. He is also on the Board of Directors of The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula.

Hail to the Chef When Design Cuisine of Arlington, VA found out it would be preparing the President’s inaugural


Thomas Hartigan is direc-

luncheon at the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, it fell to

tor of hedge fund sales for

Head Chef Shannon Shaffer ’92 to execute

Deutsche Bank in New York, NY.


John Newman is chef/owner at Newmans at 988 in Can-

non Beach, OR, which was named Restaurant of the Year for Clatsop County. He recently earned his C.E.C. certification. Jeff Rettig is executive chef at Left Bank Investments in Teton Village, WY.

the meal to perfection. And while it certainly is a high point in any culinary career to create the first meal eaten by the leader of the free world right after taking the oath of office, Shannon had been prepping for that moment for a long time. He wasn’t exactly sure that the kitchen was for him. But when he got to the CIA, he was so taken with


Jeffrey Mitchell is executive

all the available resources, so engaged in his classes,

chef for food services at Mur-

and so hungry for the attention and encouragement

ray State University. He is president of the new ACF chapter–Western Kentucky

of the chefs, he knew he’d found his life’s work.

Chefs and Cooks. Jamie Purviance

And, for a boy from small-town Maryland, his

announced the publication of his fifth

externship, split between the Biltmore Hotel in Los

cookbook, Weber’s Way to Grill.


Paul LaRocca is executive chef for Sodexo at Jackson-

ville State University in Jacksonville, AL.

Angeles, CA, and 701 Restaurant in Washington, DC, broadened not only his culinary experience but his life experience as well.

Gilbert Leder is married with two kids

An opportunity to work at Michel Richard’s Citronelle after graduation led him to Washington, DC, where

and works in foodservice sales for Gen-

he and his wife have since decided to stay and raise their two children. He spent a number of years moving

eral Mills/Pillsbury in Minneapolis, MN.


Anthony DeVanzo opened Velo Bistro/Wine Bar in 2008

in Nyack, NY. To add to the joy, he was recently married. John-Michael Hamlet

between restaurants and catering companies, trying to find the fit that worked for him. In the end, catering won his heart. “The schedule in catering is more flexible and more varied. I get bored doing the same thing night after night. Catering is different every day.” And what could be more different than preparing a menu of dishes popular during Abraham Lincoln’s era

just celebrated his first year anniversary as

for a luncheon honoring the inauguration of Barack Obama? To enhance the event, the general manager of

owner of John-Michael at Purdy’s Home-

Design Cuisine’s rental division, Joe Valente ’86, provided custom linens and replicas of the plates used

stead in North Salem, NY.


Brian Dougherty is the new executive chef at the Nassau

Club of Princeton in Princeton, NJ.


California, was impressed with the menu’s concept and proposed decorative touches. The 230 guests in the Capitol Rotunda had the pleasure of dining on seafood stew, a brace of American birds that included duck breast with cherry chutney and herb-roasted pheasant with wild rice stuffing, molasses whipped sweet potatoes, winter vegetables, and cinnamon apple sponge cake.

Sylvia Kerry is executive chef at Caffeine Bistro &

Wine Bar in Ormond Beach, FL.


at Lincoln’s first inauguration. The Presidential Inaugural Committee, led by Senator Dianne Feinstein of

As one might imagine, safety is paramount when preparing a meal for the President. Everyone involved with the inaugural luncheon was fingerprinted and subject to a background check. And, because in a democracy there is no such thing as a “royal food taster,” the FDA sent the next best thing! For the five days

Allison Benyo Alliegro is owner/pastry chef of Icing

on the Cake, Inc. in East Northport, NY. She got married in August 2007. Mark

prior to the inaugural, the FDA carefully scrutinized all food handling at Design Cuisine. On the big day, the food was afforded its own police escort all the way to the Capitol.

Shoup is executive chef at Sundance

With the excitement of the inauguration fading and life getting back to the every day, Shannon has returned

Resort in Sundance, UT.

to creating wonderful food for the various catered events he and his 72 staff members enjoy so much. And, he can take the time to guide the externs he hires from the CIA. He enjoys helping our students figure out

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whether being a chef is their life’s work, too.



Francesco Palmieri has

Connor. Life has been busy. Ore Dagan

Bradley Jenkins is sous chef at Dog-

opened his own restaurant,

is project manager at Ironman, Inc., a

wood in Atlanta, GA.

The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield, NJ,

structural steel fabrication company in

In Memoriam

after working for eight years at places like

Los Angeles. He hopes to get in touch

Windows on the World, Coco Pazzo, and

with any CIA alumni living in Los An-

Amanda Liples is chef/

Garth Caldwell ’63

Town. His sous chef Andrew Watter-

geles. Ron Hayes is career development


owner of Atlantic Fish and

Jon F. Woundy ’65

son ’00, joined forces with Francesco

manager at the CIA. He and wife Mad-

after working at Alize and Rosemary’s in

elaine welcomed their first child, William

Las Vegas, NV. Robert Wierbowski is

Joseph, in January 2009. Jeffrey Merrin

executive chef for Wegmans Food Mar-

is sous chef at the Banff Centre in Banff,

kets, Inc. in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Canada. In February 2009 he won the Canadian Copper Skillet Award.


Lee Chizmar is executive chef/owner of Bolete Restau-

rant in Bethlehem, PA. The restaurant is such a hit that even during its “soft” open-


Ginger Elizabeth Hahn is the owner of Ginger Elizabeth

Chocolates in Sacramento, CA. Ramon

ing it was named to the 2008 Hot List

Moss is sous chef at Naples Grande Golf

by Condé Nast Traveler. The restaurant’s

Club in Naples, FL.

smoked trout was praised in a recent issue of Gourmet. Sue Zemanick became executive chef at Gautreau’s in New Orleans, LA, shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit. She returned to take part in the rebuilding of that great city and continues to whip up some of the best seafood and Creole food in the Big Easy.



Fabulous Foods in Clarks Summit, PA. She recently received the 40 Under Forty

Anthony Joseph Colella ’73

award by The Times Leader honoring 40

Arthur B. Labarre ’75

Pennsylvania professionals under the age

Arthur C. Rex ’79

of 40 who are outstanding in the business field and in their community.

Ronald H. Jones ’85 Jeffrey William Lewis ’96


Jonathan Kerr is sauté chef at Mise En Place in Tampa,

FL. Neel Sahni is culinary manager at

Rechildo “Rick” Cruz ’97 Marla Scissors ’97

Bellisio Foods in Lakeville, MN. Abigail

Sherman D. Washington ’97

Ward is assistant director of The Cheese

Jay Sinowitz ’01

School of San Francisco and co-owner of SF Delicious, a catering company in

Julia Morgan Hodgkins ’03

Molly Buckie is catering

San Francisco, CA. Visit her at

director for Restaurant As-

Anthony Greco III ’04

sociates at McKinsey & Co. She reports that in February she won the grand prize in the Avocado Commission Recipe Contest. Her prize included a fantastic four-day trip for two to San Francisco, CA. Lucas Carter is working as sous

Cesare Avallone moved to

chef on secondi statione at Dell’ Ameilia’s,

Ohio in December of 2004.

a former Michelin-star seafood restaurant

He married his wife Andrea in October

in Venice. Kristin Hart is a food writer.

2006. Together they opened Zinc Bras-

She graduated summa cum laude from

serie in May 2007. In December of that

the University of Texas at Arlington

same year, they had twins Morgan and

with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.


Wayne Edward Bucek ’06

Amanda Johnson is pastry chef at Five and Ten in Athens,

GA. Kathryn Koster is restaurant chef

Timothy Pearson is sous

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chef at O’Brien’s Grille in

If you have a Federal Perkins

at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo, NY.


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Loan and are having trouble making payments, we may be able to help. Call our Perkins Loan specialist to find out what options are available to you that might include deferment, forbearance, special payments, cancellation, or rehabilitation of the loan before it goes to collection. Collection agencies can charge up to 30% on top of your outstanding balance in collection fees. Continued delinquency will have a serious impact on your credit rating and your ability to obtain future loans. Already in collections? See what we can do to help. Contact Janet McKenney, accounts receivable specialist, at 845-451-1695 or at

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Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson ’93

to share your expertise and deepen the educational experience for our students.

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to helping each individual student and his or her family understand the true benefits of a CIA education.


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YOUR DEDICATION... to creating opportunities that bring alumni together to support the CIA and its mission.

There are so many ways you can help ensure that the next generation of foodservice leaders share your passion, your knowledge, and your ingenuity. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit and click on “volunteer programs.” For information about giving to the CIA, visit

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