Celebrating Our Heritage

In honor of African-American History Month, we’d like to take the time to acknowledge a distinguished African American, Jefferson Evans. He was the first African-American graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, class of 1947. He has been called the Jackie Robinson of culinary arts, in part because Evans was a student at the CIA’s original campus in New Haven, CT before Robinson ever played a game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Georgia native spent a lifetime working in various restaurants, finally opening his own, “The One ’N’ Only,” in New Haven in the 1980s. Mr. Evans died at Yale New Haven Hospital last year, in the same city where, as a student, he broke down color barriers and began a successful culinary career. During this month, Guest Services honors all the men and women who came before, and continue to inspire us in all that we do.

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