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The French Culinary Institute Announces New
“Union Square Hospitality Group Restaurant Management Scholarship”.

December 22, 2009 - NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The world-renowned French Culinary Institute is pleased to announce the creation of the Union Square Hospitality Group Restaurant Management Scholarship, a full scholarship for the Restaurant Management course at The French Culinary Institute.

“The scholarship with Danny Meyer’s restaurant group is a huge step toward helping people achieve their dream of attending culinary school, especially during these difficult economic times,” said Dorothy Cann Hamilton, CEO and Founder of The French Culinary Institute. “We are enormously grateful for Danny’s personal involvement.”

The Union Square Hospitality Group Restaurant Management Scholarship will be awarded to one student to attend the Restaurant Management course beginning on January 27, 2010 (Wednesdays and Fridays) or January 30, 2010 (Saturdays). The full scholarship provides a unique opportunity for someone to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to open or run a restaurant. The deadline for the scholarship is January 15, 2009.

In addition to the Union Square Hospitality Group Restaurant Management Scholarship, The French Culinary Institute has created six (6) Restaurant Management Scholarships that cover half the tuition of the Restaurant Management course. Each of the “half scholarships” will be awarded to prospective students enrolling in the restaurant management introduction course that begins January 27th or January 30th.

The Restaurant Management Course at The French Culinary Institute takes future restaurateurs from the initial concept scribbled on a napkin through the rigors of navigating day-to-day operations long after opening night. With guidance and valuable insight from key instructors from Union Square Hospitality Group, respected professors from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration University as well as experts in law, real estate, finance, architecture, and marketing, students prepare a business plan they can use to launch their own restaurant or concept.

For more information about the scholarship or the Restaurant Management Course, or to apply, please visit www.frenchculinary.com or call (888) 324-CHEF.

About THE FRENCH CULINARY INSTITUTE

The French Culinary Institute, located at The International Culinary Center in New York City, teaches the protocol, language and techniques upon which all Western cuisine is based. The FCI offers a rigorous six-month program by day and nine-month program by night for those who seek quality, intensive culinary and pastry arts education in a condensed period of time. The school also offers a career track in bread baking. Its extensive roster of Advanced Studies programming for those of all skill levels covers a wide array of disciplines including food writing, wine and beer studies, restaurant management and culinary technology. For more information, please visit www.frenchculinary.com or call (888) 324-CHEF.

About UNION SQUARE HOSPITALITY GROUP

Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) was founded by Danny Meyer and includes some of New York City's most beloved restaurants: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Tabla, Blue Smoke/Jazz Standard, Shake Shack, The Modern, Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 at the Museum of Modern Art, Maialino and Hudson Yards. Each USHG restaurant is lovingly hand crafted and distinctive, and each strives to distinguish itself for warm hospitality and consistent excellence. Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 20 James Beard Awards, including: Outstanding Restaurant of the Year; Outstanding Service; Outstanding Wine Service; Humanitarian of the Year; Who's Who of Food & Beverage; Best Restaurant Design; and Best Restaurant Graphic Design. Four of Danny’s fine dining restaurants have earned three stars from The New York Times. For the past decade, Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern have vied for #1 and #2 among Zagat’s Most Popular Restaurants in New York. Actively involved in the community, USHG and its employees are committed to extending its enlightened hospitality beyond the walls of its restaurants. The company supports an array of hunger relief organizations including Share Our Strength and City Harvest; civic organizations such as NYC & Company, Union Square Partnership, and the Madison Square Park Conservancy; and other causes including the Hospice Unit at Beth Israel Hospital, for which USHG prepares and delivers meals to patients.

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Media Contacts:

Knight Communications
Wendy Knight, 347-924-2812
wk@wendyknight.com
Alexandra Boardley, 201-966-3075
Boardley313@gmail.com
or
USHG
Michelle Lehmann, 646-747-7221
mlehmann@ushgnyc.com


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