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February 23, 2024

Friday Food Insider: Piper Shores will be a training site for the CIA (not the spy agency)

Courtesy / Ethos The program will be led by Corey Seigel the food and nutrition director at Piper Shores and a CIA graduate.

Piper Shores, a nonprofit retirement community in Scarborough, has become an approved externship site for the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, or CIA.

The program will be led by Corey Seigel, the food and nutrition director at Piper Shores and a CIA graduate with over three decades of industry experience. 

The process of winning approval as an externship site has transformed Piper Shores’ culinary program, the retirement community says.

To be considered for the externship site, Seigel crafted a customized curriculum. The approval process included an in-depth review of the Piper Shores team’s resumes, a video showcasing the up-to-date kitchens and equipment, and a demonstration of Piper Shores’ commitment to the student’s education.

“Becoming an externship site for the CIA is a momentous achievement,” said Seigel. “This initiative not only opens doors for emerging professionals, offering them a diverse and enriching experience, but it also represents a long-term investment in Piper Shores’ future."

Piper Shores has four kitchens and offers varied menus. Executive Chef Randy Cruse leads a team of 22, including staff with experience in restaurant ownership, hotel work and local restaurants.

The goal for the externship is to give CIA students a well-rounded education. Prospective interns can apply through the CIA’s database, where Piper Shores is listed as an approved externship site. 

“As we begin the CIA externship program, it’s not just about short-term gains but rather a commitment to the future of emerging culinary professionals,” said Seigel. “This collaboration is an investment in shared learning, inspiring interns to return to Piper Shores, and enriching our community with fresh perspectives and valuable experiences.” 

Piper Shores, at 15 Piper Road in Scarborough, is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the nation’s only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities.

FFI news bites

Argenta Brewing, a tasting-room-style brewery that took over space at 82 Hanover St. in Portland, will open its doors today. The brewery, which specializes in lagers, will be open Friday through Sunday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

While one door opens, another is closing. Urban Farm Fermentory, at 200 Anderson St. in Portland, announced via social media that the business is pouring its last drinks this weekend. To celebrate its 14 years in East Bayside, UFF is going out with a bang, serving up two days of music, art and their usual broad variety of fermented beverages. Tickets will be needed to enter. 

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