Pearl Welcomes Back Culinary Institute of America Students

Tuesday 21st, July 2020 / 15:41 Written by
Pearl Welcomes Back Culinary Institute of America Students

Student-Run Restaurant Savor Currently Offering Curbside Takeout Menu as CIA Students Come Back to Campus at Pearl

Pearl is excited to welcome back the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio (CIA) students to the property as classes resume and the student-run restaurant Savor begins offering a summer curbside takeout menu. Students returned on a limited capacity on June 15 with a combination of in-person and online classes to allow for more flexibility due to COVID-19. 

Pearl CIA students

“During this challenging time, it is inspiring to see CIA classes resume and our students come back to campus,” said Elizabeth Fauerso, Chief Marketing Officer at Pearl. “As we continue the delicate process of reopening while balancing the safety and health of our students, employees, visitors, and residents at Pearl, we will continue to be transparent and listen to our city and state leaders as we commit to a safe reopening.” 

Pearl CIA students

Students are still receiving a full culinary education, including a semester class at Savor. Savor – the seasonal Modern-American concept that is based on the CIA’s curriculum which teaches cuisines and techniques from around the world – is currently offering a summer curbside takeout menu. Savor is open for curbside pick-up Monday through Friday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.; guests can call (210) 554-6484 to place an order. 

Pearl CIA students

New menu items at Savor for the summer include Honey Gold Chicken Wings, Pan-Fried Polenta, ready-to-eat family packs including Grilled Coulotte Steak, cook-at-home kits including Marinated Pork Loin Chops, and more. Wine and beer options are also available. The full menu can be viewed here

During these unprecedented times, the CIA is committed to the safety of staff and students and continues to implement preventative guidelines including additional sanitizing, prescreening the health of staff and students, frequent hand washing, mandatory masks, hand sanitizer stations, and more. CIA’s reopening plan, CIA SAFE (Shared Accountability for Everyone), is included at the end of the press release for further information.

Pearl CIA students

“Our students and faculty are ready to deliver some great curbside options for Savor customers,” said CIA Associate Dean Jose Frade. “I am personally excited that our Savor summer menu is offering ‘Cook at Home Packages.’ Our guests will be able to cook delicious CIA recipes at their home. The Savor menu also has a seasonal selection of ready to eat starters, entrees, and desserts. Be sure to also check out our wine and beer specials. As always, we appreciate how our guests become a part of our students’ education!”

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Our reopening plan, CIA SAFE (Shared Accountability for Everyone)—focuses on ensuring the health and safety of our entire campus community—students, faculty, and staff. The following highlights some of its core components:

Reducing Density

CIA academic campuses (Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX) will remain closed to the public and other visitors until further notice. This includes outside guests and visitors to residence halls.

  • Access to Campus. Only enrolled students, their faculty, and a small number of staff members who are required to be present for essential student services will be permitted on campus. All offices will continue to be available to students remotely, and faculty will offer virtual office hours.
  • Dining Room Protocols. In our dining rooms, we will follow state guidelines for physical distancing and manage density through reduced seating capacity, not offer self-service food utensils, eliminate displays of food for self-service, and remove all salt, pepper, and condiments (which will be provided upon request). The use of shared beverage equipment (coffee/tea stations) has been discontinued.
  • Overcrowding. To avoid overcrowding, we will limit capacity based on state and county guidelines and best practices. This will apply to lecture rooms, dining rooms, teaching kitchens, common areas, learning strategy centers, and anywhere else where our community might gather.
  • Physical Distancing. To ensure physical distancing, floors will be taped at six-foot intervals where any lines may form, including all teaching kitchens. Wherever possible, physical assets such as tables and chairs will be aligned with distancing protocols.

Safety Precautions

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Students and employees will be required to wear masks in all classrooms, labs, and common areas. Masks are recommended in outdoor areas such as the grounds and parking areas. We will provide masks to students, and they will also be permitted to bring/wear their own cloth masks. Gloves will also be available for use on request in all teaching kitchens for lab-work, and hand-washing will be emphasized with the recommendation that everyone wash their hands at least every 30 minutes.
  • Teaching Kitchens and Bakeshops. Our teaching kitchens and bakeshops will be taped at six-foot intervals. Due to the crossover nature of these working environments, the CIA will require the wearing of masks with additional separation achieved through the use of protective face shields (which will be provided)
  • Cleanliness and Sanitation. Antimicrobial wipes/hand-sanitizing stations will be set-up in lecture rooms, dining rooms, kitchens/bakeshops, common areas, and other high-traffic areas. In addition, we have established enhanced protocols for offices, classrooms, entry/exits, and kitchens/bakeshops.

Personal Health and Well-Being

  • Pre-Return Health Screening. The CIA at Greystone and the CIA San Antonio students, faculty, and staff will receive a questionnaire via email prior to returning to campus which will ask basic questions about their health and any potential exposure to COVID-19. Following submission of the form, if necessary, CIA will require them to follow-up with their local healthcare provider to receive clearance to return to campus. In addition, they will be required to sign and return a Pledge acknowledging their commitment to adhering to the health and safety protocols outlined by the CIA. Hyde Park, NY students, faculty, and staff will receive similar materials closer to the reopening of their campus.
  • Daily Checkpoints. Students, faculty, and staff will undergo daily health screenings, including temperature checks, prior to entry. If cleared, they will receive a daily “badge” and be allowed to enter. If an elevated temperature is detected, the individual will be prohibited from entering campus and advised of your options for seeking healthcare.
  • Testing, Tracking, and Treating. Working with local and state governments in its respective locations, the CIA is prepared to implement testing and tracking protocols for students, faculty, and staff exhibiting symptoms from COVID-19, or for those who believe they may have been exposed. Quarantine protocols have also been put in place, and more details will be provided during an orientation session when students return to campus.

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