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More Women Students Than Ever At Culinary Institute — And More Intel

Eat Rachael Ray’s cooking, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

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ice cream from La Newyorkina, pastry chef Fany Gerson’s Greenwich Village shop
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— For the first time in its history, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York has more women enrolled in the school than men. As of the fall, 51.6 percent of the student body is female. With campuses in New York, Texas, California, and Singapore, the school’s alumnae includes Cat Cora, Amanda Freitag, Sara Moulton, Susan Feniger (Mexican cookbook author, host of Two Hot Tamales), Anne Burrell, Andrea Morris (Nix Bev Director), and Christina Langelier (GM, Blue Hill at Stone Barns).

— The newest coffee shop in Forest Hills has European feels and a menu with macarons, cakes, bagels, soups, and spinach pies. Poesie Cafe is the first business for owner Alexandra Rodionova, who dreamed up of opening her own cafe ever since she managed a coffee shop in Russia.

— The popular Lower East Side Hester Street Fair, where vendors like Petee’s Pie Co and La Newyorkina got their start, debuted its calendar for the season. The weekend flea market starts on April 15th and will have special events like a day celebrating “Girl Power.”

— Cult salad chain Sweetgreen has stayed mum on their plans regarding those wacky new honeycomb-shaped bowls, but staff at a location in FiDi say that the bowls will eventually become a permanent fixture. It’s apparently still undergoing the final testing stages before a launch in a couple months.

— TV chef Rachael Ray will be cooking as a guest chef at Toro on March 27th, along with the restaurant’s co-chef and owner Ken Oringer. Tickets cost $125 and all proceeds go toward Ray’s non-profit Yum-o!

— The newest location of hit Bay Area-style burrito chain Dos Toros will be trying out new recipes and testing new items. The Flatiron location at Sixth Avenue and 21st Street will adjust spices and peppers on familiar dishes and offer new vegetarian options, too.

— North Carolina barbecue restaurant and craft beer hall Arrogant Swine is hosting its third annual Winter’s Grind sausage fest this month. Chefs from places like Llama Inn, Jake’s Handcrafted, and Foster Sundry will be making sausages for the party. Tickets cost $40 and include unlimited beer and sausage.

— Is Swedish-inspired coffee shop chain Fika struggling? A location at the Turnstyle shopping center in Columbus Circle recently closed and the Post reports that several more locations are on the market. Industry experts say founder Lars Akerlund tried to expand too quickly, but the company maintains that things are going strong.

— Esteemed French fine dining restaurant Le Bernardin posted this charming anatomy of a waiter’s ticket at the restaurant:

— A man who assaulted the owner of a Chinatown restaurant got two years of jail time for the crime. Moises “Montress” Gomez was reportedly drunk when he went into Carol’s Buns a year ago and punched the wall.

— Finally, check out how Ann Redding and Matt Danzer do squid at Uncle Boons: