Prostart Students Will Get First Look at Newly Designed CIA Marriott Pavilion
Restaurant industry leaders
and students from across the state will be among the first to experience the
new Marriott Pavilion on the campus of the Culinary Institute of America, which
is scheduled for completion in February 2014.
The 31,000 square-foot
facility, designed to advance culinary education, innovation, the arts and
student life, will be the site of the New York State ProStart® Invitational on March 7
and 8, 2014. It includes the 800-seat Ecolab Auditorium, which features upscale
audio-visual systems with state-of-the-art sound and a conference level with
demonstration and classroom space.
The ProStart students will
compete for trophies, scholarships and the opportunity to represent New York at
the national level in rigorous culinary and hospitality management
competitions. Their efforts will be
judged by industry and post-secondary leaders from across the nation.
"The Invitational highlights
the accomplishments of students in our ProStart program,” said NYS Restaurant
Association Educational Foundation Chairman Ken Desmond. "These students, their
teachers and our ProStart program are a source of great pride for the
Association and our members. If you’d like a reminder of what’s truly great
about this industry, come see these extraordinary young men and women in
action. Better yet, volunteer to judge
or staff the event.”
In addition to watching the
students compete, those in attendance at the Invitational will be able to see
the installation of "Gastrotypographicalassemblage” on the conference level.
It’s a 33-foot by 9-foot work of art created by Lou Dorfsman, Art Director for
CBS, made up of more than 1,650 individual letters spelling out culinary terms
and 65 food-related objects. It’s been restored for the Marriott Pavilion by
designer Nick Fasciano.
The New York State ProStart
Invitational is open to the public. For more information about attending or
volunteering at the event, contact Elizabeth Soscia, New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Education
Coordinator, by email (email@example.com) or by phone (800-452-5212).