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At Your Service

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At Your Service Keys to superior front-of-house service

20 The Diabetes-Friendly Restaurant

Easy ways to bring a growing demographic to your restaurant

14 Following the Presidential Trail

Three major projects change the face of the CIA

25 Professor Dieter Schorner at 75

Celebrating one of the CIA’s most beloved chef-instructors




16 Across the Plaza

Le Voyage Extraordinaire | 10th Annual CorCIA Food & Wine Festival and Golf Classic | Hitting the High Notes

22 Education for Life

Heading to the Front | Book Shelf | Women in Foodservice Kudos


27 Gifts at Work

Past, Present, and Future Perfect Why Give? | Giving’s Impact

30 Class Notes

Class Notes | In Memoriam

Before I came to work at The Culinary Institute of America, I never knew there was something called “front of house.” I thought of my waitperson as someone who brought me food, offered me fresh pepper on my salad, and, if attentive, would come over to my table when I raised my hand to get their attention. It wasn’t until I watched a CIA hospitality and service management instructor

mise en place® No. 62, December 2012 Nancy W. Cocola, Editor Leslie Jennings, Designer

gently direct a student as they took my order and served my wine that I

Contributing Writers

understood what actually went into the phrase “front of house.”

John Fischer ’88

Jennifer Stack ’03

Over the past six years, I’ve come to appreciate that the work of the front-of-

Courtnay Kasin

Felicia Zammit

house team is a carefully choreographed ballet combining culinary and wine

Aubrey King ’11

knowledge, split-second decision making, problem-solving skills, a genuine affinity for people, and a wellspring of grace. All of those particular skills are taught in the courses our students take like Wine Studies, Introduction to

Editorial Board Dr. Tim Ryan ’77 President

Heather Kolakowski ’02 Chet Koulik

in the front of your house! And next time your wait staff averts a disaster or

Dr. Victor Gielisse Vice President— Advancement and Business Development

seamlessly handles the multitudes—remember to take a moment to express your

Mark Ainsworth ’86

Douglass Miller ’89

Brad Barnes ’87

Anthony Nogales ’88

Customer Service, and Contemporary Restaurant Service. And just let me say, the titles belie the complexity of the material. Today, restaurants are fully embracing something we have known and been teaching at the CIA for many years—it pays to have a truly skilled professional

appreciation to them. Enjoy this copy of mise en place!

Sue Cussen

Nancy Cocola, Editor

Dr. Chris Loss ’93 Francisco Migoya

Jennifer Stack ’03


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. ©2012 The Culinary Institute of America All rights reserved. Photography: Keith Ferris, Eric Jenkins, Aubrey King, and Phil Mansfield.


Rally Day speech given by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong. In what amounts to his state of the union address, the prime minister called out the CIA as a high-quality partner in the country’s quest to provide its citizens with training that will result in jobs and leadership positions in their field of interest. Tahniah! Congratulations!

Townhouses Enhance Student Life The Hyde Park campus has just wit and scholarship are both part of the beverage and alcohol display in the library

completed building three new residence halls comprising 20 townhouse units in total. Each unit is a three-floor student

150 Years of Beverage Alcohol

Singapore Campus Update

apartment with eight single-occupancy

In August, we welcomed our third group of

laundry room. Apartment units are

Assistant Professor of Hospitality and

students to the Singapore campus, bringing

fully furnished and cost our students the

the total up to 112. We are proud of the

same as if they were living in a single-

work Managing Director Eve Felder ’88

occupancy room in one of the Lodges.

and our CIA faculty have done to make

Honoring three legends of French cuisine,

this venture so very successful. A measure

the buildings are named Point House,

of that success could be found in the recent

Escoffier House, and Carême House.

Service Management Douglass Miller ’89 has put together an exciting retrospective display called “150 Years of Beverage Alcohol.” According to Doug, “Beverage alcohol plays an integral part in cultures

bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a separate

around the world. It is consumed not only with meals, but also during many social gatherings. At weddings, sporting events, and even after work, many people enjoy some type of alcoholic beverage.” His display, which can be seen at the Conrad N. Hilton Library’s Tober Exhibit Room through January 2013, explores several different facets of beverage alcohol. There are items dating from the mid- to late-1800s through today. The collection is divided into several sections that include beverage-making equipment, alcohol from around the world, beverage literature, and New York State distilleries.

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the new townhouses



At Your Service By John Fischer ’88 To be successful, a business must establish and maintain a consistent level of quality. In the restaurant business, as in any field from sports to media to manufacturing, reliability and consistency are achieved through training and practice. A successful restaurant has a trained staff that can not only manage an average night in a way that keeps customers satisfied but also can handle just about anything that’s thrown their way—such as a large last-minute party with many special requests on a busy night, an equipment malfunction in the kitchen, even a waiter suddenly becoming ill and other staff having to cover. Occasional flashes of brilliance are all well and good, but making quality a habit is what brings customers back.

The Difference Between Hospitality and Service While hospitality is a concept that depends on feelings and impressions, the essence of service resides in action. If hospitality is the final destination, service is the road map and the car. Service is being able to carry four dinner plates without spilling the sauce or opening a bottle of Champagne without spewing foam onto the floor. While the tasks themselves do not involve emotion, carrying them out in a professional manner evokes positive feelings in guests. Can restaurant staff be trained to provide good service? Yes. The first step is to identify what feelings and experiences you want a guest in your establishment to have, and then determine what specific actions on the part of the staff will help to bring them about. These actions can be singled out, defined, described, and put into simple, trainable terms—for example, anticipating the pace of a meal and bringing successive courses at just the right time, making suggestions of menu items that will complement dishes already ordered, and presenting the check at just the right time after the meal is done. And while much of this can be taught to staff, there is the skill of “reading” the guest that takes patience and practice. I asked Paul McLaughlin, general manager of Oceana in New York City, if reading a guest is an inborn talent. “No,” he responded, “I think you actively read guests by focusing, being in your station, watching the table, watching people eat, making eye contact, and watching body language. That’s how you can accurately read a guest. I remember at Le Bernardin when smoking was still legal in the dining room, any time a woman would make a little break for her purse, I always knew that she was either going to get up and go to the ladies’ room or go for a smoke. So, as soon as I saw that, I would be right at the table to pull back her chair.”

Relationship Between Front and Back of the House Thorough knowledge of each department’s needs and capabilities and how they combine to form a whole is vital. It allows the manager to make quick decisions during service so that guests have the positive dining experience they expect. The kitchen has a tremendous amount of influence on what happens in the dining room. In turn, the kitchen is a production facility, and its success depends on how the front office is managed. The way to prevent disasters is to have a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of those working on the other side of the swinging doors. By knowing how the kitchen works most efficiently, the manager can plan the booking of the dining room in a way that helps the kitchen serve great food quickly.

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Include the Chef in Dining Room Operations Your chef is a manager, too. Just as co-managers in other businesses often consult each other when making decisions, you would be well-served to consider the professional opinions of your kitchen counterpart. The manager and chef should meet on a regular basis to discuss the menu, service issues, beverage program, reservations, and any other matters of concern. The chef is very conscious of what the kitchen is capable of producing, and at what rate. If you’re thinking about changing your reservations system, for example, the chef should be involved in the planning process, because he or she will be in the best position to know the number of covers per hour the kitchen is capable of turning out. Or let’s say a theater opens next door, offering you the new revenue stream of a pre-theater crowd. Working together with the chef will mean coming up with a workable and creative approach. It’s not just the chef who should be included in these discussions, either. Service improves significantly when the waiters know more about the food, and preservice meetings are more useful when the food information comes directly from the chef. In turn, servers can provide helpful information to the chef about what the guests like and dislike about the existing menu, and what sorts of dishes they inquire about that aren’t currently on the menu.

Making Your First Contact That old saying about first impressions is true—they’re important, and you only have one chance. The initial contact that potential guests have with your place of business must be welcoming and overwhelmingly positive, and it starts even before they’ve arrived at your doorstep. The Virtual Front Door The Internet is now a part of our restaurant world. People who are looking for a place to eat are likely to surf the Net to find a restaurant. You must have a presence on the Internet and there are several ways you can have control of your virtual image. Perhaps the easiest is to work with online restaurant directories that, for a nominal fee, will list basic information about your restaurant on a page with similar information about other local restaurants. You gain a presence on the web, but it will lack personality and won’t convey anything tempting about your establishment. Another option is to hire a web designer to do your site for you. The sky is the limit as to how much time and money you spend on this process. The benefits of using this approach are many—interesting page design, efficient site navigation, and the possibility of regular updates by a computer professional. The biggest downside is cost. The more you want to do, the more expensive it gets. Of course, you can find a web design program and work on it yourself. But you have to consider how much real time you will have to work on a site and keep it current. It may seem like fun at first but it will need frequent sprucing up. Whatever avenue you choose, it’s essential that you have a virtual front door for guests to knock on and walk through.


The Real Front Door The actual door to your restaurant is not just an entrance…it’s a concept. There are both physical and psychological aspects to the door, and they should both be attended to. Physical Presentation First of all, the front of your restaurant should be well-maintained and clean. Whether consciously or subliminally, the guest will have a reaction to the condition of your entrance. Make sure you present gleaming hardware, sparkling windows, clean floor mats, and trash-free walkways. A grungy entrance can cause the guest to wonder about the cleanliness of the entire facility. Make a staff member responsible for monitoring the condition of the door area during service. Greeting Guests When guests walk in the door, there must be someone there to greet them. I hate it when I walk into a restaurant and there’s nobody at the front desk. It makes me wonder if I should be there at all. Uncertainty is not the first feeling you want your guests to have. Keep in mind that responsibility for the door does not mean shackling some poor staffer to the front desk. It means that one person is in charge of making sure that the door and phone are covered.

Reservation Systems The question of whether or not to accept reservations isn’t a simple one to answer. I’ve worked in hugely successful restaurants that operated on a firstcome, first-served basis and had lines out the door. I have also worked in places where you almost had to interview with the owner to get a reservation. The factors you have to consider when making this decision are: Style of Restaurant Determine if your place is formal or casual. Do you cater to the planned “date night” crowd or the rowdy “margarita while I wait for my table” crowd? Number of Seats The number of seats in the dining room is usually decided early in the planning stages of a restaurant and is integral to the type of service. A large casual restaurant with more tables tends to turn them faster, so reservations might not be necessary. However, in a formal restaurant where people usually linger and the number of seats is limited, reservations might be in order. Projected Covers Per Night Like the number of seats, the amount of covers you’re planning on executing is rather important. A high volume of tables that turn over quickly might not require a reservation policy. Other Factors If you’re next door to a theater, there might be an entire seating of the restaurant that leaves before eight o’clock and one that comes after the show. Done right, you can have the pre-theater, dinner, and post-theater crowds arranged into three seatings. Being near a convention center can make a difference also, so you should know when a show or group is coming into town and be ready for more potential business than usual.

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How to Think About Wine The Quadrant System The amount of knowledge required to be a wine expert is staggering, and impossible to bestow upon every member of the floor staff. Thus, you need to simplify it for the people you’re training. To me, this means going conceptual rather than informational. You can get your staff to think about wine in a way that will aid in getting bottles on the table. Since wine is about flavor, it helps to know what flavors are going to be in a bottle without even opening it. If you know what grape it is and where the wine is from, it’s fair to say that you’ll be able to predict the basic flavors. Conversely, if you know what the guest wants—say, dry and fullbodied—you know where to look for that style. Here’s how. North or South? The body of the wine depends largely on where it’s from—more precisely, the climate it’s from. Colder regions tend to produce light-bodied, high-acid wines because the grapes don’t get as ripe. Warmer regions usually put out fuller wines with a bit less acidity. So if a party of guests wants a full-bodied wine because of the food they chose, look to warmer areas such as southern France (the Rhône or Provence) or the Napa Valley. For a lighter-bodied wine, check out the Alto Adige of Italy or Oregon. Old World or New World? There is a basic difference between the wines of Europe and those of the United States, South America, and Australia. It comes down to this: in the Old World wine is an accompaniment to food, and in the New World it’s a beverage. That is, Old World wines tend to be earthier, drier, and missing some fruit, which helps them to accent food. New World wines, often drunk by themselves, need to be a complete flavor. The lack of fruity sweetness in European wines is why they go well with food. The food and wine together make a complete flavor experience. New World wines sometimes clash with food because the wine has all the flavor it needs. By putting these two axes together and placing them on a map, you’ll be able to find a light-bodied fruity wine by looking for a cold region in the New World, such as Washington State. Does the guest need a full, dry red wine to go with a big steak? Try southern Italy, perhaps the Campania region. Instead of memorizing thousands of facts and names, just look at the map broken into four quadrants. This will make it easier to sell wine and please guests at the same time. Wine Lists When it comes to the wine list, simple is good. Graphics, the font style and size, the number of choices, and the way that the list is organized can all have an impact on the customer’s ability to make a selection. In a fast-paced, high-volume restaurant, a well-chosen but small wine list can speed the bottle selection process, making it easier for the guest, not to mention the wait staff. In restaurants where the wine program is more extensive, you owe it to your guests to have a staff that can simplify the wine-ordering process. Even better would be to have a sommelier—a person who knows the wines on the list and the flavors of the food on the menu— and is adept at reading guests.


Hiring, Staffing, and Managing People Hiring The hiring process needs to be concentrated on two characteristics of the person being interviewed—skill and personality. These two qualities are important for both front- and back-of-the-house personnel. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the person’s experience and, even more powerfully, observe his or her personality. Use the cues you get from the handshake, eye contact, and general demeanor to help you decide if you have a kind and pleasant person sitting across the table from you. To test the candidate’s skill level, cooks should be given a chance to trail in the kitchen to show their abilities as well as their work ethic. Dining room staff should trail during service so they can show their skill level as well. If the applicant makes it through these tests, it’s time to check references. Staffing To determine your optimal staffing, you need to know how much business you’ll be doing on what days. For the first year, educated guesses are often the best you can do. But if you keep a detailed logbook, you’ll have a body of knowledge that can be relied upon to help you staff the floor and the kitchen. Here are some of the categories to track in your logbook or calendar. Number of Covers The number of guests served is of primary importance. Weather Keep a record of temperature and precipitation (or lack thereof). Special Events and Holidays Keep notes on local celebrations as well as national and religious holidays. Manager on Duty Know which manager was at the restaurant on a given day; that can help give you insight into how events were handled. Of course, there are other categories that can be added to the logbook pages, like accidents involving guests or employees, staffing levels, and private room usage— anything that can help you to make decisions in the future. Managing the Realities of Your Workforce When one of your employees just isn’t working out, it is usually best to deal with the consequences of letting that person go—even if that means putting other staff members on doubles or picking up shifts yourself. Reasons for termination, especially immediate termination, must be clearly explained in the employee manual. There’s a reason that human resources people want to get a signature from new employees acknowledging that they have read and understand the restaurant’s policies. The policies that you come up with must be in full accordance with anti-discrimination laws. Here are some situations that can result in immediate termination: • Use, sale, or trafficking of drugs or alcohol in the workplace • Physical violence directed at anyone on the restaurant’s premises • Illegal actions, such as theft, embezzlement, or credit card fraud

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• Consistent incompetence—here, meticulous documentation is essential • Repeated unexcused tardiness or absence • Failure to follow company policies regarding matters such as confidentiality and harassment While the behaviors listed above should, obviously, result in termination, lesser acts of unprofessional behavior could be appropriately handled with either temporary suspension or written reprimands. These forms of discipline should be reserved for employees who are “worth saving.”

retirement plans, and professional development can often keep employees with you even when a rival restaurant comes knocking. • Throw a party for your staff. Hold it on a day when the restaurant is closed. Have the management cook for and serve the staff. The boss in an apron usually gets a laugh or two, and the staff will not forget the gesture. • Make the most of the restaurant’s family meal. Feed your employees well and they’ll work hard for you. The quality of the food that we feed our own work family speaks volumes about how we value them.

The Three-Strikes Policy

Handling Common FOH Problems

The three-strikes-and-you’re-out policy has been used in several places

It’s going to happen. Something will go wrong. When it does, it’s

where I have worked, and it is quite easy to administer. Each strike is

somebody’s job to fix it. I’m not talking about the icemaker breaking

an incident of unacceptable behavior.

down or a toilet backing up. The problems I’m referring to are the

• The first strike results in a verbal warning.

ones that happen with customers. Problems tend to fall into a few

• The second strike results in a written warning, with a copy maintained in the employee’s personnel file. • The third strike results in suspension or termination.

different categories. Food and Beverage Problems When a steak is gristly or the Champagne is flat, anyone can see that the product is not up to standard. It’s not as easy when the guest is

The beauty of this approach is that the employees have a chance to

not happy with a perfectly good menu item or bottle of wine. Normal

straighten things out. However, if they don’t, there is documentation

guest recovery procedures (more about this later) can be followed.

of the unprofessional behavior. The key is consistency in the way you administer the policy. If your best bartender does something stupid, he or she must be disciplined just like the boneheaded waiter who was hired by the previous manager. Fairness like this is not only correct on moral grounds but important so the rest of the staff knows that rules are administered with an even hand. In addition, consistency is vital for your defense in the case of a labor-related lawsuit.

In the vast majority of cases, when a guest is unhappy because what’s on the plate or in the glass is not what he or she expected, the best solution is to apologize and then bring the guest something pleasing. I once spoke with a woman who had ordered a salad with sweetbreads, not knowing that sweetbreads are the hypothalamus gland of a calf. What she was expecting was pieces of sweetened bread. Whether real or perceived, guests’ disappointment with the food that has been

In-House Hospitality

served to them must be dealt with swiftly. Disenchantment can turn

It might seem disingenuous to talk about being nice to each other right

into annoyance very quickly.

after information on how to fire people, but the best way to ensure

Service Issues

that your restaurant runs smoothly is have a happy staff. Treating the staff well creates an atmosphere in which everyone does their best on the job. Guests really do perceive—at least subconsciously—the positive atmosphere that results from a staff that feels they are appreciated. Creating a positive atmosphere isn’t a mysterious alchemy. Here are some concrete suggestions: • When hiring people, keep in mind that while staff members

Problems with service generally fall into one of two categories: a problem in the dining room or a problem in the kitchen. The guest, however, sees no difference between the two. So no matter what, the onus is on the dining room staff to fix it. Many service problems can be avoided if the manager or captain stays in the dining room. The waiters are, because of the nature of their jobs, always moving around the restaurant. The best solution is to have someone whose main

don’t have to be best friends, it’s nice when all of the personalities

responsibility is to watch the room and the guests within it. In most

combine positively.

cases, it should be a dining room manager, but in restaurants where

• The right number of waiters on the floor means everybody will be busy enough to make good money but won’t be constantly in the weeds. • Stability is important and can take the form of consistent work schedules, low employee turnover, and consistent, fair management.


• Benefits are key to building a veteran staff. Health insurance,

the tip pool is big enough, you can add headwaiters or captains.

Guest Recovery The term “guest recovery” implies that you had the guest at some point but lost him or her along the way. You can sense when it happens.

Everything might be going along nicely, but then the guest gets the

is no single answer to the question “What should I do to make the

wrong food, or it’s cold, or it takes too long. The atmosphere at that

guest happy?”

table suddenly changes.

Before choosing a remedy to the situation, consider both the

For example, the cook leaves a steak under the broiler for too long,

seriousness of the problem and the type of problem. For example,

and the meat now looks like it could be carbon-dated. The kitchen

a guest’s surprise that sweetbreads are actually from an animal is

immediately puts another steak on the grill, but it will take 15 minutes

often not too serious and may well be taken care of with an apology,

to reach the guest’s requested “medium-well.” The waiter should go

a replacement, and a free dessert. But when an entire dinner is

directly to the guest, apologize for the anticipated delay, and perhaps

ruined by interminable delays, the response needs to be different.

bring the guest a little something to munch on during the wait. Or

Sometimes, when the meal has suffered a serious error, the remedy

the waiter could avoid the guest altogether, figuring that the steak will

is a grand gesture, like buying the whole dinner and inviting the

eventually arrive. In the first case, the guest might be a little miffed

guests back for another visit on the house. If the guest is unhappy

but will at least know what is causing the long wait for dinner, and

with a cocktail, a free, well-chosen glass of wine to accompany the

perhaps will be happy to get a little something free out of the deal. In

guest’s next course is both more appropriate in style and closer in

the second case, the guest spends the next 15 minutes darting annoyed

proximity to the problem than a free dessert at the end of the meal.

glances around the room, wondering when the food is going to arrive.

Or if the guest complains that their appetizer was lackluster, you

Those 15 minutes can seem like hours to the guest. So how do you get

could send out a plate of risotto along with the main courses—the

the annoyed guest back?

risotto you overheard the guests discussing, though nobody actually

Apologize Apologizing is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal, but is too often ignored in favor of much more elaborate schemes. When the slip-up is not too serious, sometimes an apology is all you need to appease the guest. The foundation of an effective apology is, of course,

ordered. A guest is much more likely to be impressed by an action that shows both thought and consideration on the part of the waiter and management. While a free dessert is not the worst thing to get because of a mistake in service, it feels about as special as the socks you got on your last birthday—useful, but not very creative.

sincerity. To show sincerity, the server should make eye contact, use


the words “I’m sorry,” and absolutely avoid blaming others.

Arguably, follow-up is the most important part of the guest recovery

Correct the Problem There is a series of basic steps that are key to correcting any problem. Find out the Guest’s Version of the Problem: Don’t assume you know what the guest is upset about. Remove the Offending Item: If a caterpillar is doing the mambo across the mizuna, the sight of it will only upset the guest more—get it off the table immediately. Take Steps to Remedy the Situation: Go directly to the person who can

process. You could carry out all of the previous steps, but all is for naught if the guest never gets the replacement steak or if the round of drinks that you promised to buy are still on the check. Any goodwill that you engendered by offering to take care of the guest’s flawed experience is gone when the guest doesn’t get what was promised. The more often you carry out these steps in guest recovery, the more precise your judgments will become. Just think of it as the difference between knowing when you just have to apologize to your mate and when you need to bring home flowers.

accomplish that. For example, if the manager or maître d’ is the only

At Our Best

person allowed to talk to the chef, then go find him or her—pronto!

The common themes that define the professional restaurateur are,

Give the Guest an Accurate Time Frame for the Resolution: Once the wheels

first, it is our job to provide the finest food and beverage to our guests

have been set in motion to correct the problem, you should go to the

no matter what the circumstances, and, second, we care for people. At

guest to let him or her know how long it will take. An honest and

a certain point, the work transcends the earthly bonds of business and

accurate estimate will help you to build your credibility.

we become caretakers. But it is the feelings we get from performing

Bring the Replacement Personally: Doing this shows personal concern and allows the waiter to confirm the guest’s satisfaction, or lack thereof, immediately. Make It Up to the Guest Here is where professional judgment and experience can really come into play. The most important thing to recognize is that there are

organized acts of kindness that keeps us coming back day after day, meal after meal, guest after guest. This article was excerpted from At Your Service: A Hands-On Guide to the Professional Dining Room by John Fischer. John Fischer is an associate professor of hospitality and service management at the CIA.

different kinds of problems, of varying degrees of seriousness. There

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Following the Presidential Trail

seminar rooms, and state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen,

College presidents do a lot of, well, presiding. They preside over

to enhance the student experience and advance the culinary

ceremonies—many of which look a lot like well-scripted pieces

profession with innovative, world-class programs and events.”

of theater. In the past few months, President Tim Ryan has

Richard Marriott expressed his delight at the Marriott’s ongoing

presided over some very exciting events at both the Hyde Park

relationship with the CIA when he said, “We are happy to support

and San Antonio campuses. But what most people don’t realize

the great education and high standards of the CIA. Everything

is that each of these ceremonies represents countless hours of

here is done with the highest of standards.”

grueling negotiation, discussion, and planning. Ceremonies are celebrations of all that work. And today, under Tim’s leadership, the Marriott Pavilion and The Bocuse Restaurant are under construction in Hyde Park, and we have opened Nao—New World Flavors restaurant in San Antonio. For each, we have had or will have a ceremony to mark the monumental work done. At each, the president has, or will, preside.

Marriott Pavilion Groundbreaking Amid a shower of biodegradable confetti and loud applause, the CIA broke ground on the new Marriott Pavilion. The

For the ceremonial groundbreaking, shovels were replaced by— what else—enormous forks and spoons. Dignitaries and friends of the CIA who participated were President Ryan, Richard Marriott, former CIA Board Chairman Richard Bradley, current Board Chairman Charlie Palmer ’79, Jack Quinn of Ecolab Inc., Daniel Curtin from the Louis Greenspan Charitable Trust, State Senator Steve Saland, and Professor of Culinary Arts Jonathan Zearfoss.

The Bocuse Restaurant: A New Take on French Cuisine

42,000-square-foot-theater/conference center will be built as an

The walls are stripped to the studs and the floors have been

extension of the existing J. Willard Marriott Education Center.

ripped up. The space, once occupied by the CIA’s award-winning

With its 800-seat Ecolab Auditorium, conference center with

Escoffier Restaurant, is now unrecognizable. By 2013, it will be

unique “shovels” were used at the groundbeaking for the new marriott pavilion


the new structure will, according to Tim, “Offer opportunities

rendering of the bocuse restaurant, opening in february 2013

transformed—through the vision of world-renowned hotel and

of Nao—New World Flavors is a true milestone for culinary

restaurant designer Adam Tihany—into a stunning and up-to-date

education and for how we, as chefs, think about the cuisines of

French restaurant. The CIA’s new Bocuse Restaurant will provide

Latin America. The flavors of the New World are calling to be

a dining experience that is inspired by traditional French regional

discovered, and the CIA is proud to showcase them to our guests

cuisine, re-envisioned through the lens of modern techniques.

in the dining room at Nao.”

The menu will include creative new interpretations of classics selected from the bistros of the French countryside as well as the sophisticated restaurants of Paris.

Under the direction of Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez-Monascal, a Venezuelan native with more than 20 years of culinary experience, and General Manager Robert Rodriguez ’97, the

The exciting new decor of the restaurant will be more

restaurant will explore the flavors, ingredients, techniques, and

contemporary and less formal than the Escoffier Restaurant. As

traditions of Latin America. In addition, the Visiting Chef Series

always, CIA students will be staffing the kitchen and dining room

will feature guest chefs from Latin America who share their

under the direction of the CIA’s expert faculty. We hope you will

culinary expertise as instructors-in-residence for the college’s Latin

stop by and help us pay homage to the father of modern French

Cuisines Certificate Program.

cuisine, Chef Paul Bocuse.

The opening was the hottest ticket in town—especially when Tim

Nao—New World Flavors Restaurant Opens

and San Antonio philanthropist and CIA partner Kit Goldsbury

In August, we celebrated the opening of the CIA’s newest

on magician’s “flash paper” that was stretched over the doorway of

restaurant and teaching venue—Nao. Tim expressed why Nao is

the restaurant!

opted to open the restaurant by igniting a Nao sign emblazoned

so timely and important when he said, “The CIA opened our San Antonio campus to help elevate the cuisines of Latin America to their rightful place among great cuisines of the world. The opening

tim ryan and kit goldsbury “light the way” into NAO at the restaurant’s opening


Le Voyage Extraordinaire By Aubrey King ’11

Many students attending the CIA can’t decide if

Bright and early every morning, our French tour guide, Elizabeth,

they should stay the extra 17 months it takes for

greeted us in her charming French accent with the words, “Good

the bachelor’s program after completing their

morning sweetie pies!” With her master’s degree in history,

associate degree. The decision was an easy

Elizabeth was like a book filled with knowledge. She was our

one for me when I learned that the bachelor’s

translator, nurse, encyclopedia, dictionary, and, at times, our

program included a three-week Food, Wine, and

mom. Her love of food and fine dining made having her as our

(Agri)culture trip. Students can pick a destination

private tour guide extra-special. We all adored her. CIA Assistant

based upon their interest. The CIA has very

Professor of Culinary Arts Hubert Martini, who happens to be

detailed itineraries for trips to the Pacific

from Strasbourg, France, was the faculty member for our trip.

Northwest, California, Spain, China, Italy, and

He brought humor, a strong dose of French lifestyle knowledge,

France, all guided by a CIA faculty member.

a bit of his own history, and, of course, his love of terrines to the

Though I’d been to France before, I knew this trip was going to be unique because I

trip! I loved this entire experience but wanted to share just a few highlights that were most memorable for me.

was traveling under the auspices of the best

The sunlight glinted off 25 tin plates filled with briny oysters, a

culinary school in America. From having

slice of lemon, D.O.C. Normandy salted butter, and a slice of a

lunch on the beach prepared by Olivier

baguette. Chilled, crisp Semillon glowed in wine glasses. This

Roellinger’s sous chef to a kitchen tour to

is the feast that awaited our band of young chefs after a day of

a four-course lunch at the ultra-famous

walking through Arcachon on the southwest coast of France.

Helen Darroze Restaurant in Paris—it was clear that a CIA-sponsored educational

Following an oyster tasting, led by the oyster farmer herself, we boarded a private boat to tour the oyster beds off the coast in the

trip was very special and could not be

Atlantic Ocean. This was just one of 40 places we visited on our

replicated by anyone else.

CIA Food, Wine, and (Agri)culture trip through France.

beachy buffet

eight-course splendor

chef tessier


Farm to Table: A French Way of Life

plastic booties and jackets, we were wide-awake and ready for our

Chef Olivier Roellinger is world-renowned for his Michelin three-star

all species as we passed through the gigantic cold warehouse. From

restaurant Les Maisons de Bricourt and his innovations in the use of herbs and spices. When we arrived at his restaurant, which overlooks the Normandy beaches, we were greeted by Chef Emanuel Tessier, Roellinger’s sous chef and partner in a newly established spice school. With his foraging bag in hand, he took us on a hike along the rocky shore, identifying, picking, and letting us taste the various herbs that grow naturally at the beach. Tasting a green salty herb that mirrored the flavor of oysters was a revelation. We eventually made our way to the restaurant’s herb garden, then on to an inviting grassy beachfront lawn scattered with beach blankets and picnic boxes. Each box held an eight-course lunch prepared by Chef Tessier and his team. Fresh vegetable salad in a house-made curry spice mix, miniature sandwiches with local butter and ham, and a sweet and savory curry macaron were just a few of the bites we enjoyed in the sun. A picture of us at that moment would have been captioned, “Bliss.” We all agreed that life could not get any better! After lunch, Chef Tessier took us on a tour of the spice school, where he educated us about the power of spices. He served us food enhanced

tour through the fish market. Fishermen cleaned and stored fish of there, we were taken to the impressive and immaculate meat building, where whole cows, pigs, sheep, and buffalo hung in perfect rows. After our fascinating and aromatic tour through the produce, cheese, and flower areas, you can only imagine how hungry we all were. Our tour ended at a café in the market, where we had a breakfast of croissants, artisanal meat and cheese, and, of course, the best French roast coffee. Meeting all the talented and enthusiastic people working in our industry in France was particularly special because it showed us that no matter where we are in the world, we belong to a family of people who love hospitality and delicious food. Even though none of us knew much French, we were able to communicate by speaking the common language of cooking, baking, and wine—making the Food, Wine, and (Agri)culture trip extraordinary. Of course, being able to share experiences with my fellow students, who all possess a burning passion for the gastronomic world, made it the experience of a lifetime. Aubrey King is currently enrolled in the BPS program.

by the specific spice blends he and Chef Roellinger have developed. As young chefs, our eyes were opened to a new world that day.

To Market, to Market to Buy a Fat Pig! You might think it’s a hardship being awakened at 4 a.m. when traveling. But when you have the opportunity to take a private tour through the largest market created specifically for chefs and restaurateurs, that wake-up call is as easy as pie. Built in 1110, Les Halles de Paris was demolished in 1970 to make way for a newer and larger market located just outside of the city. Known as Forum des Halles, the market covers more than 1,400 acres and sells everything from whole animals to seasonal flowers. Dressed to the “nines” in

amazing spices

aubrey and guide, elizabeth

oysters fresh from the sea

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10th Annual CorCIA

Food & Wine Festival & Golf Classic

On June 18, 2012, under sunny skies, Certified Master Chef Dale Miller ’79 and Brad Rosenstein (Cornell ’83) celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the CorCIA Food & Wine Festival and Golf Classic at the Albany Country Club in upstate New York. The event raises funds for educational scholarships at both The Culinary Institute of America and Cornell University. In the past nine years, CorCIA has raised more than $500,000, with the proceeds shared equally by the two colleges. This year, approximately 100 participants played golf on the Robert Trent Jonesdesigned course and more than 200 guests enjoyed the food and wine festival. The entire day was incredibly successful—filled with great food, a fun round of golf, and the knowledge that students at both colleges would ultimately benefit. Dale was delighted to be able to present the CIA with nearly $28,000 this year.

winners of the golf classic

Led by the indefatigable Dale Miller, 15 celebrity chefs—many of whom were CIA alumni and faculty—participated in the event. Among those attending were Dr. Tim Ryan ’77, Chefs Fritz Sonnenschmidt and Noble Masi, Alumni Council members Susan Roth ’79 and Lisa Brefere ’78, and Chairman of the CIA’s Society of Fellows Dr. Joel Spiro and his wife Kira. Stephen Asprinio ’01, sommelier, restaurateur, and a Bravo! Network Top Chef champion, served as the energetic emcee. CIA alumnus Rob Heenan ’88 traveled all the way from Alabama to attend. Rob, who is currently the executive pastry chef at the Country Club of Birmingham and an enthusiastic supporter of his alma mater, said, “This business is all about what you put into it. The CIA gives you the building blocks to succeed in life and opens many doors.”

dr. joel spiro and dale miller

Rob’s sentiment was shared by many at the event—all of whom were looking forward to returning next year!

the cia team


silent auction items

Hitting the High Notes Chefs are used to hitting high notes in the kitchen—the perfect mother sauce, a cassoulet to die for, or a tarte tatin that makes the mouth water. And chefs have been known to hum a tune while cooking or bang out drum tattoos on the side of saucepans. As it turns out, members of the CIA’s Culinary Notes are full-fledged musicians who just happen to have found their calling in the kitchens and bakeshops of the college. In August, the group performed for the CIA community, presenting a diverse program of music designed to appeal to all listeners. Billed as a fundraiser, the monies collected went to

dominique ovellette and blayre miller

secure new instruments for the club and to support future club activities. Here’s a look at the eclectic program they put together.

Performer Music Lea Aclan

Pirates of the Caribbean Theme “Prelude in C Major” by Rachmaninoff

Blayre Miller & Dominique Ovellette

“In Your Arms” by Kinna Grannis, “Animal Tracks” by Mountain Men, “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver, “When I’m With You” by Best Coast

Mikey Wright

“We Could Happen” by AJ Rafael

Chris Rumley

“Minuet #3” by Johann Sebastian Bach

Jules Crespy

“Wasted” by Jules Crespy

Matthue Tompkins

“Concerto #2 in D Major” by J. B. Breval

Natalie Cyran

“It Ends Tonight” by The All-American Rejects

Vicky Knight

“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

Kevin Abella

“Gravity” by John Mayer, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

jules crespy

vicky knight

natalie cyran

The club’s board members include Lea Aclan, president; Chris Rumley, vice president; Mikey Wright, treasurer; and Jameson Brown, secretary. They are doing a great job of getting out the word to other musicians on campus that there is an outlet for their creativity that extends beyond the kitchen.

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matthue tompkins, chris rumley, and lea aclan


The Diabetes-Friendly Restaurant By Jennifer Stack ’03

It just makes sense for your restaurant to be diabetes-friendly, and with a little thought and preparation, it’s easier than you think. It’s smart business to capture the market share of the 11.3 percent of Americans (25.6 million) age 20 years and older with diabetes (American Diabetes Association). If you can make them comfortable at your establishment,

All Carbs are NOT the Same People with diabetes will have a better blood sugar response to a meal depending on the type of carbohydrate they consume. Different types of starches and sweets will affect blood sugar to varying degrees. This

they’ll be back and your profits will show it.

is referred to as the glycemic response. It is how fast and how high

Diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels

whole grains and fiber-rich vegetables and fruits are preferred because

that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin. The hormone insulin helps regulate and keep sugar in our bodies at an even level. Management of the disease requires a person to stay within an individualized carbohydrate budget for each meal and snack. Since all carbohydrates turn to sugar when digested, this “budget” approach helps them keep their blood sugar within healthy limits—avoiding the complications of unmanaged diabetes like heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness, and amputations.

blood sugar rises after eating a specific food. Less-refined starches like they may be less likely to result in a rapid rise in blood sugar. The type and amount of starch or sweets—along with the cooking methods and what else is consumed at the same time—will affect someone’s glycemic response to a meal.

Menus and Carbs There is some confusion about what constitutes a diabetes-friendly meal, even among people with diabetes. However, there are some simple truths that can make it easy to accommodate a person with diabetes at your establishment. Carbohydrate control is the primary focal point of the diet. Most often, a person with diabetes will arrive at your restaurant knowing how much they have in their “carbohydrate budget” to maintain a healthy blood sugar response after the meal. And there are easy ways that a diabetes-friendly restaurant can provide a well-rounded meal. Offer half-cup, controlled portions of carbohydrate-rich foods such as grains, potatoes, and breads. Provide carbohydrates that come from whole grains and minimally processed, fiber-rich foods like legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Offer generous portions of non-starchy vegetables to help your guest feel full while staying within his or her personal calorie and carbohydrate budget. Use heart-healthy fats in amounts that keep the meal satisfying without providing too many calories. Serve modest portions of lean protein from fish, chicken, eggs, red meats, tofu, and legumes to help make the meal more sustaining. Focus on fresh and minimally processed ingredients that are naturally lower in sodium and provide flavor without having to be heavily seasoned with salt. Finally, use flavorenhancing techniques like searing, reducing, infusing, and marinating with top-quality ingredients to coax the maximum amount of flavor and enjoyment from the food.

Sweet Indulgence Sugar does not have to be avoided when someone has diabetes, but it needs to be counted as part of the carbohydrate budget for the meal. The use of non-nutritive sweeteners like Splenda®, NutraSweet®, or stevia extract helps to lower the carbohydrate content of desserts. But each comes with a flavor change that is tolerable to some and not to


others. Some people would prefer to have a smaller portion of the real thing than use these artificial sweeteners. And the answer isn’t always the use of these non-nutritive sweeteners, as most desserts still contain large amounts of carbohydrate from flour and/or fruits. Top that off with the calories and saturated fat from butter and cream, and a person with diabetes will have to be very careful when dessert rolls around. When you offer your guests the option to swap out the starch of an entrée for more vegetables, they can then save carbohydrates for dessert and finish the meal on a sweet note. Ultimately, your goal is to provide guests with what they request. Helping people with diabetes make adjustments to their menu selections will allow them to go out and enjoy the company of others while keeping their blood sugar within the proper limits. You will gain patrons and a new customer. Think about it; if even a small percentage of the people with diabetes are dining out and looking for a healthy yet delicious meal, they can bring their dining dollars to your establishment. If you are willing to make these simple accommodations, don’t keep it a secret! Make sure you have a notation on your menu that you are willing to make carbohydrate substitutions available. You will succeed in making your customers feel safe, understood, and catered to. For more information about diabetes, visit





Consider presenting the table with

Offer to serve only half of the entrée at

Keep portions of rice, potatoes, corn,

A small portion of the real thing may

something other than a basket of

the table and pack the rest to go before

peas, and other grains and starches

be more satisfying than a “sugar-free”

bread and butter like…

the plate is delivered to the guest.

to a ½-cup cooked portion. Although

diabetic dessert.

Vegetable crudités with a yogurt-

Expand the number of fish and seafood

based dip


Seasoned, unbuttered popcorn made

Shallow poaching skinless chicken with

in olive or canola oil

a flavorful broth prevents dry meat and

Flavorful consommés with vegetable garnishes Salads or vegetables with olive or canola oil-based dressings Tapas or small plates, which can function as both appetizers and portion-controlled entrées.

provides a sauce to go with the entrée and vegetables. Create entrées in which meat is not the main focus and vegetables take center stage. Create hearty soup-stews from degreased braising liquids. Load up the

many people can have larger portions, they may choose to save some of their carbohydrates for an appetizer. Use a ½-cup measure to keep portions accurate and consistent. Offer more whole grains like quinoa, brown and wild rice mixtures, and barley. The fiber in these slows the rise of blood glucose. Expand your offerings to include more non-starchy vegetables.

Offer mini-portions of desserts and allow guests to buy just one or two. If desserts use non-nutritive sweeteners in place of sugar, the portions still need to be small since white flour is a carbohydrate, too. Include desserts that have fiber from whole fruits and whole grain flour. Butter, shortenings, and heavy cream may not have carbohydrate but they do contain saturated fat, which is not

“stoup” with non-starchy vegetables and

Allow guests to swap out the starch at

desirable either. Keep portions of rich

garnish with protein.

the meal with extra vegetables. Some

desserts small and pair with berries or

people prefer to save their carbohydrate

other fruit.

for a treat at dessert. Jennifer Stack is a registered dietitian and CIA associate professor of liberal arts.

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Heading to the Front By Courtnay Kasin

There has been a shift in the jobs that culinarians are pursuing after

In the past, new students would arrive at the CIA positive they would

graduation. Once, it was thought that the only place to go was into

graduate and take a back-of-house position—at least for a few years. But

the restaurant kitchen. As an instructor for the capstone course at the

after taking courses and having the experience of working with clients

CIA in front-of-house service, I have seen a change in our students’

in the dining room, many students opt for front-of-house jobs. Another

desires, and more of them are veering away from the white walls of the

reason for this apparent change is the practicality of wages. According

kitchen to work in the plusher environs of the front of the house. Why?

to, the national average salary for a line cook is $30,000

The hours are shorter, there is ample opportunity for person-to-person

and the average for a sous chef is $48,000. Conversely, the salaries for

contact, there is air conditioning, and the salary is often higher. It is a

wait staff, bartender, host, assistant manager, and sommelier range

different world in the front of the house.

from $33,881 to $69,164. Of course, these are general numbers and

In the CIA’s associate degree program, service courses prepare graduates to understand the psychology of service, professional standards of performance, and the fundamental skills needed for front-of-house service. Students advance through contemporary and formal restaurant service before

vary depending upon the type, size, and style of a restaurant. Every day, our graduates are obtaining gainful employment at some of the top restaurants in the country. In New York City alone, graduates work at Café Boulud, Del Posto, Lincoln, Gramercy Tavern, and Gotham Bar and Grill, to name just a few.

graduation. Beverage service and

Having been in the restaurant

decanting, as well as higher-level,

business for 10-plus years prior to

table-side service skills, are taught in

coming to teach at the CIA, I fully

a hands-on environment. In addition

understand and appreciate the

to these skills, our graduates have

education CIA students are receiving.

knowledge gained through an extensive

They “do” and “understand.” They

wine studies program that involves

don’t just “theorize.” Their confidence

participation in restaurant-based wine

level is high because they have had

and food tasting.

the chance to gain muscle memory

Students who continue on to get their bachelor’s degree are encouraged to take Advanced Wine Studies, Beverage Operations Management, Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality, Current Issues in Hospitality Technology, and Consumer Behavior. The management courses provide them with a deep theoretical

from repeated hands-on execution of tasks. When you hire a CIA graduate, it’s the equivalent of hiring an employee who has already worked in the industry for some time. In addition, and this is important, I can be certain they have the training to control and professionally extract a Champagne cork without fear!

knowledge. This knowledge, and the

Courtnay Kasin is a CIA lecturing

skills they learned and mastered in the

instructor of hospitality and service

live learning environment, sets them


apart from graduates of other schools.


Book Shelf

The Diabetes-Friendly Kitchen

Peeking Behind the Wallpaper

125 Recipes for Creating Healthy Meals

The Gilded Age of Hotel Dining

By Jennifer Stack ’03 The Diabetes-Friendly Kitchen combines healthful

By Arno Schmidt

ingredients with seriously

For those alumni who remember

delicious cooking to create

former CIA chef-instructor

meals that are geared

and Trustee Emeritus Arno

for people with diabetes,

Schmidt, this book will be a revelation and a delight. Using family album-style pictures and first-person stories, Chef Schmidt shares his experiences working at some of the most prestigious hotels in the world—from his apprenticeship at the Hotel Bellevue in Bad Gastein in Austria to Hotel Beau Rivage in Geneva, Switzerland to the St. Regis Hotel in New York. Also included are one-of-a-kind menus with Chef Schmidt’s own handwritten notations.

but satisfying for everyone. Within its pages you’ll find recipes like blue cheese chips, lobster corn chowder, almond-crusted baked scallops, fennel salad with blood orange vinaigrette, and scrumptious desserts like chocolate cappuccino shortbread with dark chocolate glaze. The DiabetesFriendly Kitchen also features the latest nutritional guidelines; plenty of tips on everyday, diabetes-friendly cooking; and sensible advice on meal planning and glucose control. You’ll never again have to choose between what’s good for you and what’s just plain good, again.

Pairing with The Masters

Garde Manger, Fourth Edition

A Definitive Guide to Food & Wine

By The Culinary Institute of America

By Ken Arnone ’92, CMC and Jennifer Simonetti-

This new edition is filled


with the most up-todate recipes, plating

This unique book

techniques, and flavor

combines the talents

profiles being used

and expertise of

in the field today.

Certified Master

New information on

Chef Ken Arnone

topics like artisanal

and Master of Wine

cheeses, styles of pickles and vinegars, and contemporary cooking methods have been added. Hundreds of full-color photos

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan. The nearly 100 recipes demonstrate varied cooking techniques and flavor profiles, and provide steps for choosing an accompanying

and a total of 450 recipes—100 of which are new to this edition—

wine. More than just a list of pairings, every recipe has a “Wine

are included. This comprehensive guide includes detailed

Pairing Summary Page.” On it you will find the reasons why

information on cold sauces and soups; salads; sandwiches; cured

certain combinations worked and others didn’t, taste and texture

and smoked foods; sausages; terrines, pâtés, galantines, and

comparisons, and suggestions on how to avoid common pairing

roulades; cheese; appetizers and hors d’oeuvre; condiments,

pitfalls. It’s a resource for all chefs and lovers of great food and

crackers, and pickles; and buffet development and presentation.

wine pairings.

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Women in Foodservice Sweet Reinvention Paula Waxman ’79 got her first taste of the culinary arts as a teen

churning means the ice cream is not pumped full of air and is very

in the Bronx, when she would rush home from school to watch the

creamy. “There’s excitement and drama in the process itself as you

talented Julia Child and Graham Kerr on TV. After graduating from

watch the mist from the liquid nitrogen envelop the mixer,” Paula

Queens College with a degree in food and nutrition, Paula thought she


would further her culinary aspirations on a trip to learn at the right hand of some of France’s great chefs. One of her professors convinced her that learning the basics was the

Paula set about learning the process with her signature enthusiasm. She immediately saw the element of “showmanship” when producing this product. She convinced a

first order of business and directed

friend, who is a party planner,

her to the CIA. “I took a ride up to

that live demonstrations would

Hyde Park and saw what was going

invigorate gatherings. A couple

on,” Paula recalled. “I was blown

of trial events with delicious

away by the school.”

flavor combinations like Chai

Accepted to the college, Paula had

with pistachio and date and

a successful academic experience,

brown sugar-blackberry met with

characterized by her drive to go

rave reviews. Paula then held a

above and beyond expectations.

demonstration for the catering

But the reality of graduating into an

department of the famed Fairmont

industry where the kitchens were

Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.

completely dominated by men had

Two weeks later, she was booked

her backing away from a career in

for their in-house party, creating

the restaurant business. Instead, she

liquid nitrogen ice cream and

found a job at California-based S.E.

combining entertainment, science,

Rykoff & Co., a large supplier of

and craveable dessert into one

restaurant goods. There she thrived

tantalizing presentation.

as a foodservice consultant to

As passionate as Paula is about

internationally known celebrity chefs

developing and sharing her dessert

like Wolfgang Puck, well-respected

creations, she is equally enthusiastic

restaurant chains, and successful

about passing along her love of

foodservice operators. “I understood

learning. For that reason, she has

what their needs were; we spoke the

endowed the newly established

same language,” she recalled. “I was

Waxman Family Scholarship. It’s

still working in the industry, which

designed to nurture students in

was my passion.” Her combination of out-of-the-box

programs with a special emphasis

thinking, taste for the innovative,

on those currently working in

and a wish to use her expertise in a woman-owned business led Paula

school cafeterias, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals,

to her current venture—’Wiches of Boston. The seed of the idea for

prisons, etc. “I so often see the sense of confidence those of us who

the company was planted when she saw a Food Network show about

attended the CIA have,” she explained. “My gift offers a leg up to

the revolutionary use of liquid nitrogen to make ice cream. Unlike

those who couldn’t attend school full time.”

the standard freezer or churning methods, the application of liquid nitrogen—at minus 320 degrees— freezes the ice cream instantly, so there is no chance for big ice crystals to form. Moreover, the lack of


the CIA’s Continuing Education

Thanks to her own CIA education, Paula has complete confidence in her new company, ’Wiches of Boston, a sweet reinvention of her foodservice career.

Professor Dieter Schorner at 75 Being a teacher is like being a farmer. All of your land is not the same. After you sow the seeds, some areas need more care than others. It’s the same with students. Not all are alike. Sometimes you need to give one more care. But often the toughest ground yields the sweetest fruit.—Dieter Schorner

chefs at the Apple Pie Bakery Café on the Hyde Park campus in 2000. And just recently, he traveled across the globe to spend a few months teaching at our new campus in Singapore. What keeps a man of 75 so vibrant, youthful, and engaged? According to Chef Schorner, it’s “discovering the talent in young people and inspiring them to grow and flourish.” The legacy of a man like Chef Schorner is not yet fully known. Like the farmer who sends his harvest out into the world to nourish others, so Chef Schorner sends his students out to do the same. Only time will tell how they each go on to change the world of food. But Chef Schorner has infinite faith that they will do just that.

When the phone rings on Sunday mornings at Dieter Schorner’s house, he knows he’ll hear the voice of a 12-year-old boy on the other end of the line. Passionate about baking, the youngster was looking at the CIA faculty listing on the Internet when he came across Chef Schorner’s name. Then and there, he decided he needed Chef Schorner as his mentor. With his mother’s help, he tracked Chef down and they have been speaking most Sundays for the past six months. Chef Schorner guides the young man through the conundrums of cupcake filling and icing application. He is, once again, being called upon to serve as inspiration and mentor—and he loves it. That young boy doesn’t really understand that he is being mentored by one of the most recognized pastry chefs in America. He doesn’t know that the man who talks to him on Sundays redefined the role of the pastry chef in restaurant and hotel kitchens; owned the ultra-successful, Patisserie-Café Didier in Washington, DC; and was the esteemed pastry chef at such distinguished New York City restaurants as Le Cirque, Le Chantilly, La Côte Basque, and L’Etoile. He doesn’t realize that Chef Schorner’s list of kudos and accolades include Time magazine naming him the Best Pastry Chef in the United States and Food & Wine magazine listing him among America’s Best Chefs—both in 1988. He probably isn’t aware that Gourmet magazine declared Chef Schorner “one of the indisputable grand masters of his métier.” And that, in 2008, he was inducted into the Pastry Art & Design magazine Hall of Fame—solidifying his place as a baking and pastry legend. He may not know these things, but Chef Schorner’s students at the CIA certainly do. Since 1999, to the great good fortune of CIA students, Chef Schorner has turned his considerable talent and focus on teaching at the college. He has taught every conceivable baking and pastry course, and is currently teaching Basic and Classical Cakes. Always up for a challenge, he was one of the opening

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CIA Grads Head to Germany

Alumni Win National ACF Honors Two CIA graduates won major awards from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) at the organization’s national convention in Orlando, FL in July. Donald Miller ’76, executive chef for University of Notre Dame Food Services in

Thanks to the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), CIA alumni Avida Johnson ’12, Alexis Mantis ’11, and Stephanie Michalak ’12 are heading to Germany to participate in the 2012–2013

South Bend, IN received the Chef Professionalism Award for 2012. The award is presented to the culinarian who exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism through certification, continuing education and training, culinary competitions, and community involvement. The Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award was presented to Wilfred Beriau ’71, a retired culinary educator now living in Maine. The Rusch Award recognizes chefs who share their knowledge with others over many years and are a source of information and guidance for other culinarians. Also honored at the convention were well-known CIA alumni Cat Cora ’95 and Rick Moonen ’78. Cora was named a Celebrated Chef and Moonen earned a Cutting Edge Award in recognition of his leadership and service to the profession. Nora Galdiano ’94, executive chef for Hilton in Altamonte Springs, FL, also

fellowship for work and study. The yearlong, federally funded fellowship is highly competitive, accepting only 75 U.S. citizens out of a pool of 500 applicants. While in Germany, the three will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study for four months at a German university or professional school, and complete a five-month internship with a German company in their career field. This program is a joint venture between the U.S. Congress and the German Parliament (Bundestag). Best of luck to our newest graduates as they learn and grow through international exposure to culture and food.

received a Cutting Edge Award.

SkillsUSA Success The stakes: Gold! The dates: June 22–26. The site: Kansas City, MO. As it has done for the past eight years, the CIA fielded a team of students to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Competition. This year, CIA student Kayla Stock competed against 28 other students and earned the gold medal in the postsecondary culinary arts competition. Kayla successfully prepared a three-course meal from a mystery basket. Over the years, students from the CIA chapter of SkillsUSA have won eight New York State competitions and have “placed” seven times at the national level—earning five gold medals and two silver. “These achievements prove that CIA students are the best competitors in the USA and are destined to become the top leaders in the foodservice industry,” says CIA SkillsUSA adviser Robert Mullooly ’93, associate professor of culinary arts. CIA faculty who made this year’s trip were Bruce Mattel ’80 and April Goess ’03. Both served as Technical Committee members and Bruce served as Tech Chair for the competition. Admissions officers Michelle Mullooly, Larry Lopez, and Terri Ann Parks attended along with CIA Ambassador Noble Masi, who worked the baking competition. A hearty congratulations and thank you to Rob and the students on their success!


cia skillsusa advisor rob mullooly and gold medalist kayla stock

Past, Present, and Future Perfect By Felicia Zammit

“Ecolab is Everywhere It Matters. Because what we do—and

According to Dr. Victor A. L. Gielisse, vice president for advancement and

how we do it—matters everywhere.” That is the Ecolab motto.

business development at the college, “The CIA is extremely proud of its

If you ever stop and think about everything you do in a day,

long-term relationship with Ecolab—a strong and committed global strategic

from freshening your hands to sleeping in a clean hotel room to

partner that supports not only our core education mission and institutional

having clean plates to eat off of to safe food at restaurants, more

values, but is extremely supportive of our campus-wide transformational

than likely, Ecolab had a hand in it.

development. It is this level of corporate support that allows us to continue

In 1923, with the creation of Absorbit®, a carpet cleaner,

to differentiate and drive our leadership strategy forward.”

Mr. Merritt J. Osborn formed Economics Laboratory—which

There are many mutually beneficial rewards when working with a company

provided economic solutions developed through laboratory

that has such a long history with the CIA. For decades, that partnership

research. What started as one man with an idea is now a global

has allowed our students to use top-notch products, while providing Ecolab

enterprise with more than 40,000 employees. The company

access to the future leaders of the foodservice industry. Mr. Hickey states

develops comprehensive solutions that provide and protect clean

that, “Our support of the CIA and its programs is focused on reinforcing

water, safe food, abundant energy, and healthy environments.

the values of food safety and cleanliness, and, ultimately, the delivery of

You may not know that Ecolab has been behind the scenes to

superior guest satisfaction. In addition, we rely on our relationships with

meet your sanitation needs, but the CIA does.

the CIA staff and students for feedback on trends and issues facing the

For several decades, Ecolab has been working with the CIA to provide products that maintain food safety and sanitation. On

profession. The insights they provide help us to become a better overall partner.”

any given day, the CIA uses Ecolab warewashing detergents,

The relationship between the CIA and Ecolab thrives because the two

sanitizing agents, floor cleaners, and hand sanitizers to maintain

have so many shared goals. Mr. Hickey expresses this idea most eloquently

that gold standard so many have come to expect. “Our

when he says, “The most rewarding part of our work with the CIA is seeing

decades-long relationship is based on a shared commitment

enthusiastic new talent enter the industry and leave their mark. Ecolab is

to help ensure a strong future for the restaurant and food

honored to contribute to the CIA’s work in helping prepare students for the

service industries,” says Michael Hickey, president of Ecolab’s

demands of tomorrow.” And the CIA is honored to have such a steadfast

institutional business. “One of the best ways to realize that vision

partner in Ecolab.

is to support the CIA in its work to prepare future culinary leaders. Today, CIA graduates are making a positive difference in foodservice establishments around the world and we’re proud to be a supporter and partner.” And Ecolab goes above and beyond in its support of the college. It sponsors the college’s annual Leadership Awards, participates in CIA Society of Fellows programs, and has used naming opportunities on our campuses to offer support to the college infrastructure. In fact, Ecolab recently agreed to generously sponsor what will be known as the Ecolab Auditorium, an 800-seat theater in the soon-to-be-built Marriott Pavilion. The 42,000-square-foot Pavilion is specifically designed to advance culinary education, innovation, the arts, and student life.

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Why Give? Robert “Bob” Sceals ’73 A member of the last class to go through the New Haven Restaurant Institute and the first to graduate from Hyde Park, Bob came to the CIA under the GI Bill as a disabled veteran.

What motivates you to give? First and foremost, I am tremendously proud of the CIA, and

What makes giving meaningful? I believe it’s part of human nature to help out your fellow comrades and I truly believe in charity. It’s part of completing the circle. The CIA has given me so many opportunities and I want to make sure that others get to have the same experiences as I did. In my lifetime, I have been able to showcase my skills to so many individuals, teaching them tricks and techniques along the way to help them better their craft. A chef never gives away all his secrets, but to be able to teach someone something that you learned is an incredible feeling. I would not have been able to do that without the skills I learned at the CIA.

the opportunities it provided me. When you leave the CIA, there

How do you give?

are so many avenues you could take in the foodservice industry

I’ve been working very closely with the Planned Giving division of

and with a CIA degree, you’re always able to find work and job

the Advancement Office to leave a charitable bequest to the school.

security. Second, the school is a glorious place with a prestigious

This is the best way for me to ensure that the CIA continues to provide

name. However it has lots of competition. I give back so that the

students with the education they deserve. I also give back to the CIA

CIA can remain the best. There is no other cooking school in the

by sharing my pride in the school with friends, family, and others in the

world that you can graduate from and be seen not only as a chef,

industry. Alumni must be proud of their school and need to help each

but as a leader. I am extremely proud to call myself an alumnus.

other out. I let everyone know how much respect the CIA has for the

Lastly, I’m motivated to give because of the ethics and values my

craft and for its students.

professors taught me. I was told to be honest and work hard and it will pay off. That was absolutely true! The school is honest with you and stands behind its word.


Giving’s Impact Ed Kopp ’12 Chipotle Mexican Grill Scholarship Michael Bailey Endowed Scholarship CIA Faculty and Staff Scholarship Side Towel Scholarship Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs/ Hal J. Rosoff Scholarship

What has been the best part of being at the CIA? The relationships I’ve formed with fellow students, faculty, and staff have created the foundation of skills I will need to be a better professional. I’ve been able to expand my wine education, and, thanks to the amazing beverage professors, passed the first level exam toward my sommelier certification.

College highlights

Describe your life prior to coming to the CIA.

I had the rare experience of going through the kitchen classes with 12

I grew up on a sustainable farm in Michigan that used humane

excel. Most of my experience had been front of the house, so my knife

methods of raising animals and organic principles for raising plants.

skills were poor. I am left-handed and by the end of the first week I had

I understood exactly where my food came from. My first job out of

cut or burned four of the five digits on my right hand! My classmates

high school was as a dishwasher and, since then, I’ve held almost

motivated me to improve and I went the entire last semester without

every position in a restaurant up to and including general manager.

a scratch!

There was a six-year hiatus when I joined the U.S. Navy to be a technician for the AEGIS weapon system. This took me to ports of call in Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, where I explored local food markets.

What motivated you to attend the CIA? After the Navy, I studied philosophy and anthropology at the University of Miami in Florida and nursing at a technical college in Lexington,

other motivated and highly talented ACE chefs. They pushed me to

Outside of class I’m founding president of Students for Advanced Career Experience (SACE) and past president for Slow Food. As president of SACE, I helped raise funds for the Side Towel Scholarship and Queens Galley—a local soup kitchen in Kingston, NY. As president of Slow Food, I organized student clubs to participate in the first two Sustainability Days at the CIA.

KY. Each time, however, I continued working in restaurants to pay my way. Once I became committed to a career in hospitality, I found the associate degree program for Advanced Career Experience (ACE) students at the CIA. I codified my years of practical experience with formal training and guidance from some of the best chefs I’ve ever met.

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the escoffier restaurant circa 2011


Charles E. Neff has retired. Royce See retired from the

Crosswinds Corporation, which owns


Jack Demuth retired from the

customer service representative for Aviall

Hiram G. Andrews Center in

Services, Inc., a Boeing Company in

Johnstown, PA, where he was educational is chef-instructor at Sullivan University’s


’68 Edward Sklar is owner of World Wide Marketing in

Fort Lauderdale, FL.


Donald P. Campbell is retired. Michael D’Amore

is field underwriter agent for Ace, Combined Insurance in Chicago, IL. Howard Dempsey is shopkeeper for The Eclectic

Lexington, KY.


Stephen Ames is an active member of the ACF, the Na-

tional BBQ Association, Kansas City BBQ Society, and the Memphis BBQ Society.

Mark J. Schmid is president

He has recently retired from judging

of Schmid-Dewland Associ-

BBQ competitions. Earl Arrowood, Jr. is a professor at Bucks County Commu-

nostalgia shop in Abington, MA. Mark

tive for commercial kitchen equipment.

nity College, where he is the coordinator

David Viveros is culinary

Girard is retired. Glenn A. Meakim is

His company will celebrate its 50th

of chef apprenticeship and culinary arts

arts job coach for South Coast

chef for Smith College in Northampton,

anniversary next year.

programs. He is beginning his 30th year

MA, and is a part-time caterer. He has

is looking forward to spending quality

been married for 48 years, has two sons,

time with his wife, three daughters, and

and two grandchildren.

seven grandchildren. Daniel Terry has retired after 35 years in his position as

Steven L. Camp has retired to Myrtle Beach, SC after

working in Michigan for 50 years. He feels his CIA education was a great asset to him in the foodservice management and catering positions he held over

chef de cuisine at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.


there. Earl is a longtime member of the


Paul Blazine is chef at Big Sky Mobile Catering, which

is a natural disaster foodservice company out of Missoula, MT. Dale Gussett is

ACF’s Philadelphia chapter.


Alexander Dering is training specialist and department

chef-instructor at Columbus Culinary

chair for the City College of Chicago’s

Institute in Columbus, OH.

Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago, IL. Michael J. Lewis has retired from

Thomas Y. Baker is owner of Pomegranate House B&B

in Granbury, TX.


Alfred Ghene retired in 2003 from the Monroe Develop-

ment Center. He now works as a station/ prep chef at Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. Jonathan Swingle is



ates, which is a manufacturing representa-

MA. Roger Newell recently retired and

the years.

National Center for Hospitality Studies in

Collection, a multi-dealer antiques and

Educational Collaborative in Seekonk,


Parsippany, NJ.

supervisor of culinary arts. David Walls

two B&Bs.

Michael J. Lewis Accounting.


Bruce W. Boore is chef/owner of Hattie’s Cafe & Beanery

in Land O’ Lakes, FL. Michael Cooper


Stephen Buckley is director,

retired. In 2000, he took his wife on a

foodservice and national ac-

five-day dining tour of Paris, where he

count sales for Garden Protein Interna-

ate at the Ritz Hotel, “home” of Auguste

tional in Vancouver, Canada. Andrea

Escoffier. Michael R. Urato is executive

L. Davis is broker/principal for Andrea

chef at Delancy’s Bar & Restaurant in

Davis CRE, a commercial real estate

Goshen, NY.

solutions company in Scottsdale, AZ. Harold L. Laman is executive chef at the Riverhouse Restaurant in West Palm Beach, FL. Jeffrey Marquis is director of support services for the Fort Cherry School District in McDonald, PA. Timothy Ryan is director, food and nutrition at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Joseph D. Sadowsky is chef/owner of The Breakfast Club in Tybee Island, GA.


ben sutton (center) shares his knowledge

Quality Foods, a catering company in Sa-


John Greco is process engineer 2 for Genzyme Corpora-

line, MI. Benjamin W. Sutton had re-

tion, a biotech/pharmaceutical company

tired but is now a part-time chef-instruc-

in Framingham, MA. Charles Heaton

tor at John C. Campbell Folkschool in

is product development chef for Peaberry

Brasstown, NC. (see above) His daughter,

Culinary, Inc. in North Olmsted, OH.

Maureen R. Sutton ’10, is a chef in the

Linda S. Jacobs is chef/owner of Soup-

banquet department at Hershey Lodge in

to-Nuts Caterers in Washington Crossing,

Hershey, PA. Her fiancé, Aaron Fowler

PA. Her menu includes healthy, vegan,

’97, is chef de cuisine at The Hershey

and vegetarian fare. Mark Kliewer is

Hotel, also in Hershey, PA. Lyndon

executive chef for Morrison Management

Virkler was honored as this year’s

Group in Centennial, CO. David Man-

James E. Graehl is owner of Graehl Frames in Kalispell,

MT. He is into fly-fishing, upland bird hunting, and enjoying life in the great state of Montana. Jeff Howe is a sailboat captain out of Atlanta, GA. Kenneth Lammer is a private chef in Los Angeles, CA, where he is studying to become a registered dietitian and holistic nutritionist. Mercer Mohr is executive chef/ owner of Wild Thyme Restaurant Group

Jeffrey Fredrickson is food

in Sedona, AZ. Michael Ocasio is

and beverage director for

executive chef at the St. Andrews South

Tradewinds Resort Island Grand Hotel

is the owner of Chef Michael Coopers


Golf Club in Punta Gorda, FL.

in St. Petersburg, FL. Paul F. Kerns, Jr. is district manager for Sodexo Campus Services in New York. Bob Sulick celebrated the eighth anniversary of his restaurant, Mulberry Street, located in Manchester, CT. Jeffrey Troiola is corporate/research development chef for Woodland Foods in Waukegan, IL.



Albert M. DeAngelis is executive chef for Z Hospitality

Group in Greenwich, CT. Mark Fortino is president of Fitz Vogt & Associates, a regional foodservice management company in Manchester, NH. Michael Forzano is operations manager for Sodexo at the Applewood Retirement

Lois Braunlich Arguello

Community in Amherst, MA. Robert A.

is pastry chef-instructor at Le

Palka is general manager for Eurest, a

Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

division of Compass Group in Virginia.

ganelli is district manager for Aramark in

in Dallas, TX. Barry Colman is fantasy

Mary Jo Palka is acquisition consultant

in Teaching Award at New England Culi-

Florida. He has been with the company

engineer for Spoon It Up! Catering and

for Pardus, Inc. in Chantilly, VA. Brian

nary Institute, where he is acting chair of

for 15 years. Steven J. Noschese is a self-

Event Services in Cathedral City, CA.

Swyhart is a maintenance technician for

the culinary arts program. Carolyn Van

employed chef in Honolulu, HI. Martin

James Davidson is tournant at The

TEVA Pharmaceuticals in Forest, VA.

Vleck is supervisor of dining rooms at

Sherman is regional vice president of

University Club in New York, NY. John

the Eastview at Middlebury, a retirement

Landry’s, Inc., a multi-restaurant concern

A. Fisher is executive chef for Ala-

community in Middlebury, VT.

out of Lake Buena Vista, FL.

mance Country Club in Burlington, NC.

recipient of the Francis Voigt Excellence

Michael Guerriero is chef supervisor


Richard Barbour received his doctorate in education in

2010. He teaches hospitality and culinary


Dominic A. Fanelli, Jr. is foodservice consultant for

Shamrock Foods Company in Commerce

arts at a high school and two community

City, CO. John J. Leahy is resident

colleges in Connecticut. Jay Michio

district manager for Eurest Dining in

Morimoto is chief executive officer of

Somerville, NJ, which is a division of

JMEDICS, LLC in Honolulu, HI. Rob-

Compass Group North America. John

ert Rifkin is a self-employed culinary

Mihaly is teppanyaki chef at Japan West

instructor in Philadelphia, PA. Bernard

at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. David Varner is director of food and beverage for San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, CA.



Henry Ahle is executive chef for FLIK/Compass Group

USA in Norwalk, CT. Mark Curry is executive chef at Pacific Islands Club in Guam. Brian D. Hames is territory representative for Ecolab, Inc. in Washington. Richard Lawrence is foodservice administrator for the Federal Bureau of

Brian Coseo is executive

Prisons in Chicago, IL. Jennifer Mraz

chef at the Philadelphia

is a realtor for HomeSmart in Phoenix,

Racquet Club in Philadelphia, PA. James

AZ. She is also a part-time chef-instructor

in Findlay, OH. Todd Morgan is corpo-

Davidson is pastry chef/owner of Signa-

for Maricopa County College’s culinary

(Buddy) Shrago is owner of Taste Bud’s

rate chef/marketing director for Marinel,

ture Sweets in Wahiawa, HI. Paul Felegy

program. David Wisenfelder is pastry

Catering and Embers in Flight Catering,

Inc. in Boca Raton, FL. Robert Tripp is

is Central America and Caribbean sales

chef at Peter Pank Diner in South Amboy,

both in Miami, FL. Timothy R. Zintz

chef/owner of Good to Go Foods, LLC,

manager for Hurst Jaws of Life. Mark D.

NJ. He also works as a full-time electri-

is senior culinary development chef for

providing chef-prepared gourmet food in

Fritchie is western regional representa-

cian and HVAC mechanic.

Groton, CT.

tive for French Gourmet Frozen Dough

Aramark’s Strategic Assets Division in Philadelphia, PA.

in Huntington Beach, CA. James R. George III is chef/owner of Peace Cafe in Kennesaw, GA. Robert Remler is

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Georg Benzinger is executive chef for the corporate



Robert Bryan is a self-em-

& Tennis Club in Medham, NJ. Stuart

ployed painter in Cambridge,

Margolis works at F.H. Steinbart Co.,

WI. He enjoys making lefse, a Norwegian

the oldest home brew supply store in

flatbread. Salvatore Calisi is execu-

the U.S.

tive chef/owner of Odeum Restaurant in Morgan Hill, CA. The restaurant is in a Certified LEED Gold building. Sal received a Michelin star for his Greek cuisine when he was partner/chef at Dio Deka in Los Gatos, CA. Laura G. Colletti is campus executive chef for Compass Group at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. David Crawford is Tampa area manager for Performance


Paul Casamento is sales representative for Freskeeto

Foods in Ellenville, NY. Sarah Higgins is pastry cook 2 at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kailua-Kona, HI. Deano Orlacchio is chef/owner of Dean O’s Maui Pizza Cafe in Kihei, HI.

Food Group in Dover, FL. He enjoys coaching his sons’ Little League teams. the society of fellows gathered at the new york campus for a weekend of seminars, great food, and camaraderie

and Bill Restaurant in Shawnee, KS.


David Bordelon is executive chef/general manager for

Rick’s Cafe Boatyard in Omaha, NE.

Thaddeus DuBois is executive pastry

Daniel A. Miller is chef/owner of The

dining division of Life Works Restaurant

food and beverage for The Amsterdam

chef at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Local Harvest in Bainbridge Island, WA.

Group in New York, NY. William

at Harborside, a retirement community

in Atlantic City, NJ. Cary M. Eisen is

Landers is culinary arts and baking

in Port Washington, NY. Scott Terle is

president of Chef Cary’s Cuisine LLC,

instructor for Bohlen Technical Center

principal consultant at La Bonne Cuisine

an off-premise catering company in

in Watertown, NY. Michael Mullins is

in Gainesville, FL. Lawrence Watson is

Woodstock, GA. Paul Martincic is store

owner/operator of Sugar Ridge Brewery

chef-instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in Las

manager for CVS Caremark in Green-

in Perrysburg, OH. James Roraback

Vegas, NV.

ville, SC. Carlos Quagliaroli is chef-

is chef-instructor for Lincoln Culinary Institute in Connecticut. John G. Short is operations manager in the bicycle division of Fox in Scotts Valley, CA.


instructor at Nash Community College in


Bradford Grafton is executive chef for Lookout Mountain

Fairyland Club in Lookout Mountain, GA. Jeffrey Jednat is owner of Jef-

Rocky Mount, NC.


Lee N. Fraitag is owner of The Willows Bed & Breakfast

Dominick DeFlippo is

frey’s Catering and co-owner of Custom

in Hyde Park, NY. Lee appeared on Food

owner of The Tuscarora Inn

Concepts Painting. He is also a licensed

Network’s Tyler’s Ultimate to demonstrate

in Lockport, NY. Audrey Dobson is ca-

realtor. Brian R. Lewis is executive

his raised apple pancake. Ronald Gelish

tering coordinator/manager for Aramark

chef at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas

is executive chef at Wild Honey Restau-

Higher Education in Virginia. Suzanne

City, MO. Eric N. Nelson is corporate

rant in Port Washington, NY. Michael

Florek is president of Suzanne Florek,

executive chef at Zachry Industrial, Inc.

Witzel is chef/manager at Mad River

Inc., a consulting company in Western

in San Antonio, TX, where he keeps an

Glen ski area in Waitsfield, VT.

Springs, IL. Steven Goldstein is partner

extensive herb garden. He believes he has

of The Culinary Edge in San Francisco,

found utopia!

CA. Rodney Hall is executive chef at the Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, WI. Shari Rae Smith is chef/owner of Shari at the Willard Hilton in Auburn, MI. She also teaches at the Saginaw Public Schools. Nicholas Spina is executive chef at Bogey’s at Green Woods Country


Mark Becker is butcher at Irish Isle Provisions in Coal


Eric Duncklee is workplace planning and guidance con-

sultant for Fidelity Investments. He made the move to the world of finance after working for 22 years in the foodservice industry. He is married and has two children. Jeffrey Guy is pastry chef at the Houston Country Club in Houston, TX. Claudio Tarallo is director of


Kevin R. Dougherty is chef/owner of KD’s Sidewalk

Cafe in Alexandria, VA. Kenneth Lingle is executive chef/assistant general manager for the Inn at Erlowest in Lake

president/owner of Cook’s Fresh Market

George, NY. Devin Mills is co-owner of

in Denver, CO.

Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian, NY. Neal Nemerov enjoys a


Steffani Adaska is chef/ owner of Steffani Adaska

Personal Chef and Culinary Services in North Conway, NH. Noelle Elyse Ifshin launched 4Q Consulting, LLC, a full-service restaurant, catering, and


Adam Hervieux is chef de cuisine at the Marriott

Palm Beach Singer Island Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, FL. Marlana Keeler is corporate sous chef for Sodexo in Pennsylvania. Jason O’Toole is chef/owner of Pizza Barbone in Hyannis, MA.


Robert Levitt is butcher/ owner of The Butcher & Lar-

der in Chicago, IL. Blake Shellabarger is baker for Sellands Market-Cafe in Sacramento, CA.


Maria Alfonzo is real estate sales associate with Nexxos

Realty LLC in Miami, FL. She married

Township, PA. Kristin Stroud is vice

Club in Winsted, CT.


Daniel Drake is executive chef at Paulo

gathering with other CIA Fellows on the

in 2006 and had her son, Charlie, in 2007. Anthony Nigro is executive pastry chef for UCLA Dining at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. Stella Parks is pastry chef for Table 310 in Lexington, KY. She was named one of America’s Best New Pastry Chefs by Food & Wine magazine. Aaron Rocchino is owner of The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, CA.

New York campus. (above left).


William D. Ankeney is pastry chef for Vespaio &

Enoteca Vespaio in Austin, TX. Gregory

foodservice consulting firm in the New

Davison is general manager at Dinosaur

York metro area. Cary M. McDowell is

Bar-B-Que in Newark, NJ. Carl Drake

chef at Winslow’s Home & Farm, a new

is chef/owner of Drake’s Gourmet Foods

American general store in St. Louis, MO.

& Catering in Philadelphia, PA. Nicole Flugraff is chef at the Mendham Golf


Ore Dagan is sales manager, west region, North America

for New Zealand King Salmon Company in California. Anne Obelnicki is director of the Vermont’s Table: Sustainable Food Systems program at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, VT. She was mentioned in the July/August 2012 issue of Yankee magazine for her development

of the program. Robert Rothfus, Jr. is executive chef for Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square in Lancaster, PA. He is married and has two daughters, Mason and Paige.


The Happy Diabetic Robert Lewis ’76 is a happy man. He’s happy when he’s cooking, happy when he’s

Matthew Britt is executive chef at Ceiba restaurant in Washington, DC. David

DeCesare is manager at the bakery development lab

training staff, happy when he’s giving a keynote speech, and just plain happy to be alive. For Robert, that’s not just a throwaway

of Panera Bread’s research & development division

line; he has type 2 diabetes. And every day

in Franklin, MA. Adam Marshall is sous chef at the

he finds a way to help himself and others

Virginia/Maryland division of Wegmans Food Markets.

live “deliciously” with a disease that is

Ann Renee (Viets) Schultz is assistant winemaker for NW Wine Company in Dundee, OR. She and her

dependent upon learning to eat the “correct”

husband recently bought a small farm (and future

food. Luckily, creating great food has been a

vineyard) in the coastal range of Yamhill County, OR.

lifelong passion for Robert, and he feels that

She is raising sheep, ducks, and rare fruit. Oh, and

he learned from the very best at the CIA.

her first child, too! Gregory Selwyn is corporate chef for Mission Yogurt, LLC in Colorado. Amanda

Growing up as a city boy in Los Angeles,

Thrun is an English teacher and publications advisor

CA, Robert wasn’t sure what to expect when

at Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville, IL. Her

he headed to the countrified setting of the

husband, Trenton Thrun ’04, is executive chef for Steven Becker Fine Dining in St. Louis, MO. They have one son, Max.


Amanda Andrews is pastry chef at Sweet Basil restaurant in Vail, CO. Jillian

CIA in Hyde Park, NY. The weather, the geography, and the pace were so different from what he was used to. But it didn’t take him long to realize that he had found a home away from home. “My fondest memories of my time at the CIA are of working with my chef-instructors on extracurricular projects,” he explains.

Greene is culinary research and development special-

“I learned so much by keeping myself open and ready to take advantage of every opportunity

ist for Papa Gino’s, Inc. in Dedham, MA. Leah M.

offered to me by the fantastic faculty.”

Kaithern is beverage manager for Caffè Storico in New York, NY. She was featured in Zagats 30 Under 30:

After graduation, Robert took a job as sous chef at the Hyatt Regency Wilshire in Los Angeles.

NYC’s Hottest Up-and-Comers.

By the time he left Hyatt seven years later, he had earned the title of executive chef. What followed was six years at Cracker Barrel, where he was director of management training and


Steven D. Bleck is sous chef for Wegmans

development; four years running his own two restaurants; and, finally, the last 18 years as

Food Markets in Rochester, NY. Beth

corporate chef and executive director of franchise services and training at Happy Joe’s Pizza &

Cosgrove is executive sous chef with the opening team for Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s Restaurant in the Dubai International Finance Center. Deanna

Ice Cream. He loves the challenge of working for the upscale family restaurant, which has 60 restaurants in six states.

Miles is bar manager at Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap

His career was progressing nicely when, 13 years ago, Robert got the kind of news that is

Room in Big Indian, NY.

especially hard for a chef to hear—he had type 2 diabetes. He found himself having to make


the emotional transition from thinking he could never again eat the foods he loved to realizing Jonathan Pidgeon and Megan (Mulhern) Pidgeon were married after graduation.

They own Glazed Donuts, a shop in Key West, FL.

he could eat everything he loved if he applied three simple principles. “It’s all about eating lower fat, higher fiber, and moderate portions,” he explains. And true to his persistently positive

David and Denien (Warner) Sramek are co-owners

outlook on life, Robert decided that he would make lemonade out of the lemons he was handed.

of the Heritage Bakery & Cafe in Madison, WI.

With the goal of helping others learn to prepare delicious meals that are diabetes friendly,


Robert began a secondary career using the moniker, “The Happy Diabetic.” He started doing Jonathan Abene is pastry chef at Corton,

cooking segments on local television, giving cooking demos at women’s lifestyle events, and

a two Michelin- and three New York Times-

writing cookbooks—Get Happy, Get Healthy and The Happy Diabetic, Simply Desserts. His grass-roots

star restaurant. Sue Drabkin has taken the helm as executive pastry chef at RIS restaurant in Washington,

appeal brought him to the attention of the national Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference

DC. Lance Nitahara is chef-instructor at Flint Hills

organizers. The not-for-profit group hosts multiple informational conferences across the country

Technical College in Emporia, KS. Adam Oleson is

each year. They invited Robert to do healthy cooking demos. Robert’s positive approach was so

chef/manager for Treat America Food Services. On

well received that the organization asked him to participate in all of its conferences and to be

August 3, 2012, he and his staff at Physicians Mutual in Omaha, NE, were awarded the record for the largest dessert party by Guinness World Records. Krista Steinbach is pastry chef for The Bachelor Farmer

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a keynote speaker. With a full-time job at Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream that isn’t always easy. But one thing is for sure: if he has the time, Robert will be there to show people how they can live full and delicious lives with diabetes. And that makes him very happy.


In Memoriam

left to right: hughie vickerilla, andre roberts, charlilaos sakalis

Enzo F. Gronda ’55

John Wawro ’77

Joseph P. Petrillo ’58

Paul Francis Phillips ’78

Kenneth L. Garver ’61

Joseph Sibley Dorton III ’85

Martin Vansovitch ’62

Steven E. F. Kline ’86

Robert F. Blume ’63

James Peter Macis ’86

Walter F. Michalowski ’63

Steve Craig Brooks ’88

John C. Soldega, Jr. ’64

Scott R. Herington ’89

Ronald L. Barrows ’65

Steve Ahrens ’93

George Gomez-Mayen ’67

David K. Rakiposki ’94

in Minneapolis, MN. Ross Warhol

Caffe’ in Reno, NV. Andre Roberts is

is executive chef at the Athenaeum

restaurant manager at Jumby Bay, A Rose-

Hotel in the Chautauqua Institution

wood Resort in Antigua. He works with

in Chautauqua, NY, where he is very

CIA continuing education participant

Jeffrey Gordon ’67

Bradley S. Bullard ’97

involved in the farm-to-table movement.

Chef Charlilaos Sakalis and recently met

John Michael Covey ’72

Felice Lauren Best ’98

He enlisted CIA classmates Alex

CIA grad Hughie Vickerilla ’70, who

Gray and Marissa Love to join him

was vacationing at the resort. Hughie

Michael J. Lombardi ’72

Patrick William Deiss ’98

there. Today Alex is executive chef and

owns Hughie’s Red Kettle Deli & Cater-

Lloyd Peter Willcox ’74

Mitchell Ryan Hunt ’98

Marissa is sous chef at the Chautauqua

ing in Totowa, NJ. They couldn’t resist

George J. Wolf ’75

Patrick James Poindexter ’03

Institution President’s Cottage, where

taking a picture together. (above)

Gregory Joseph Michalisin ’76

Andrew K. Clark ’05

performers, politicians, and community members are feted. Jeremy Wise is sous chef at O’Neals Pub & Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA.



Margaret Knoebel works

Allen M. Slatky ’76

in the food and beverage

division of the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL.

Joseph G. Ndungu recently graduated from New York

Jamie Poulos is owner/pastry chef of


Yiasou Cafe in Liberty, NY. Cheri B.

Rhinebeck, NY.

University with a master’s in food studies.

Laura Bartholomew is line cook at Market Street in

Rhodes is owner/executive chef of Un

the escoffier restaurant being transformed into the bocuse restaurant 2012


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