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Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of America, has been elected to the National Restaurant Association‘s Board of Directors, the CIA announced Monday.

Ryan has served on the NRA’s Educational Foundation Board of Trustees since 2011, the same year the NRA awarded its Faces of Diversity Inspiration Award to the Institute, honoring the CIA for its El Sueño initiative at the San Antonio campus. 

“I am pleased to help the industry that has given such support to the CIA and provided such great career opportunities to our graduates– myself included,” Ryan said in a news release.[…] Continue Reading »

As craft beer continues to gain prominence with both consumers and culinary types, retailers are increasing their stocks of popular local and regional brews and restaurants are investing more into craft beer with diversified offerings and special pairing menus. The increase in sales of craft beer and the continued attention these beers get from chefs, brewers and restaurants suggest that craft brewing is more than just a fleeting trend, and knowledge of fermentation and brewing is quickly becoming just as important as wine expertise in the restaurant world.[…] Continue Reading »

Jonathan Zearfoss is a professor of the culinary arts and the lead curriculum developer for the new culinary science program at The Culinary Institute of America, the World’s Premier Culinary College.

What food trends do you see on the horizon for 2013, and what trend from 2012 are you ready to see die?

Well, first, let me say that I feel like the guy in the contact lens commercial, now that my long-term love affair with pork has become almost ubiquitous and commonplace.[…] Continue Reading »

The Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival kicks off Thursday. I reached out to Greg Drescher, vice president of strategic initiatives and industry leadership at The Culinary Institute of America, to find out what menu trends we can expect in 2012.

How do mega trends enter the culinary zeitgeist?

Mega trends in the culinary and foodservice arena, as opposed to annual trends and fads, are driven by long-term or major economic, social, cultural and other forces.[…] Continue Reading »

D.C. locals and Capitol Hill staffers queued up around the block on Wednesday night at Good Stuff Eatery, where “Top Chef” Season 5’s chef Spike Mendelsohn and his staff cooked up a storm at a watch party for this season’s premiere. Obviously, Spike’s famous burgers, fries and milkshakes were on the menu. Meanwhile, the inaugural episode began.[…] Continue Reading »