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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
The defunct Baltimore International College is selling its former headquarters at 17 Commerce Street, according to a statement Monday from the real estate firm handling the sale. Real estate leasing and sales firm Cushman & Wakefield is marketing the building “as a redevelopment opportunity for multifamily, hotel, office or retail use,” the statement said. “Originally home to the Baltimore Grain Trading Exchange, the 80,555 square foot Commerce Exchange Building was built in 1906 after the Great Baltimore Fire and completely renovated in 1985,” Cushman & Wakefield said.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
A historic YMCA in Mount Vernon, once home to confessed Soviet spy Whittaker Chambers and a hotel run by the former Baltimore International College, is to become a 197-room Hotel Indigo, one of the new owners said. Focus Development LLC principal Shaffin Jetha, whose firm is partnering with Kinsley Equities on the deal, declined to specify the sales price of the 1907 building at 24 W. Franklin Street, but said the total cost of the project, including $14 million planned for renovations, is about $21 million.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2011
Baltimore International College chefs-in-training dished up free barbecue Saturday to neighbors in Little Italy who worry they are on the verge of losing the four-decade-old culinary and hospitality school. The college learned in June that it would lose its accreditation at the end of August. Its Board of Trustees met Friday to weigh possible mergers or whether to appeal the revocation but has not announced a decision. Meanwhile, the school's nearly 500 students are in limbo. Still, students spooned helpings of barbecued pulled pork and smoked beef brisket, accompanied by homemade pickled red onions, horseradish and green tomato chow-chow slaw, at a block party in the parking lot of the Culinary Arts Center building on Central Avenue.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Charles Ross Diffenderffer, an attorney who changed careers and became an executive chef, died April 24 at his home in the Mays Chapel section of Timonium. He was 49. Family members said he died after a lengthy battle with addiction. Born in Baltimore and raised in Timonium and Baldwin, he was the son of the late Donald Diffenderffer, who owned an exterminating business and was a political strategist, and the former Florence Wood, a homemaker. Mr. Diffenderffer attended Pot Spring Elementary School and Ridgely Junior High School and was a 1982 graduate of Loch Raven High School, where he played Frank Butler in a production of "Annie Get Your Gun. " He earned a bachelor's degree at Washington and Lee University and was a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Diffenderffer began practicing law in 1989 and joined the firm of Miles & Stockbridge.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2011
The board of trustees of Baltimore International College has signed a letter of intent to merge with Virginia-based Stratford University, a move the board chairman hopes will end an accreditation crisis that threatened to close the downtown culinary college. "We have much in common," said Baltimore International Chairman Charles Nabit in explaining the proposed merger, which is to be announced Monday. "Our missions are very similar. Our student bodies are very similar in terms of drawing from an urban population.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2011
Virginia's Stratford University has received preliminary approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to take over operations of embattled Baltimore International College on Jan. 1. The approval from MHEC was one condition of a legal settlement reached in September that forestalled the culinary college's loss of accreditation. Now, the takeover must be approved by the agency that accredits Stratford and by the banks that hold bonds backing Baltimore International's operations.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Michael Joseph Wagner, an award-winning chef who taught at the old Baltimore International College, died of melanoma Sept. 17 at the Gilchrist Hospice of Columbia. He was 52 and lived in Columbia. Born in Baltimore and raised in Rodgers Forge and in Howard County, he was a 1977 graduate of Altholton High School. He earned a degree at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and worked at Russell's in Catonsville and later at Clyde's in Columbia and in Washington, D.C. He was also associated with Baltimore's Planet Hollywood at Harborplace.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1998
SEVEN YEARS after it acquired the old Merchants Club on Redwood Street, Baltimore International College has completed $100,000 worth of improvements designed to enhance it as a setting for classes, meetings and college receptions.This month, workers completed restoration of a stained glass skylight above the building's main staircase. Bearing the letters "MC" for Merchants Club, the skylight had been covered up since the 1940s. A penthouse was installed so it could once again let in natural light.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | March 26, 2000
Like many in the area, Deborah Harari's first knowledge of Baltimore International College occurred when she was stuck in traffic on South Calvert Street and saw the students in their school uniforms -- white chef's outfits -- standing around the school's downtown buildings. Planning to go to law school and not too enthusiastic about it, Harari decided to check the place out. These white-jacketed people were learning to do for a living what she did for fun -- cook. "I wanted to do something with my life that would let me wake up and be happy all day," says Harari, who has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Baltimore and should get her associate's degree in baking and pastry this year.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
Baltimore International College is exploring possible mergers with other institutions and weighing a possible appeal in its attempts to forestall closing because of lost accreditation, the college's Board of Trustees announced Thursday afternoon. The culinary and hospitality management college learned at the end of last week that it would lose its accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education on Aug. 31. Without the accreditation, the downtown college would be unable to receive federal financial aid and would face an uphill battle to continue operating, President Edgar Schick said this week.
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April 1, 2014
I feel bad for Sojourner-Douglass College students who may see the value of their diplomas go up in smoke ( "With Sojourner-Douglass' accreditation in jeopardy, students in limbo," March 30). Until I became involved with Baltimore International College's similar accreditation problems, I had no idea of the power the Middle States Commission on Higher Education enjoys. More than two years ago the culinary arts and hospitality management school was about to lose its accreditation as well, and since I lived in the neighborhood, the thought of an enormous, empty building was alarming.
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June 22, 2013
(1926-1999) Haussner's was certainly admired for its cuisine, which combined traditional German specialties like Wiener schnitzel a la Holstein with Mid-Atlantic fare such as crab cakes and terrapin stew. And people still dream about the dessert selection, especially the strawberry pie. But Haussner's was loved for being Haussner's, a one-of-a-kind dining destination, every inch of it decorated with works of art collected by William Henry Haussner's wife, Frances Wilke Haussner.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
The Hollywood Diner has had a turbulent history in Baltimore. Here's a look back. 1981 - Location scouting begins for the MGM production “Diner,” which is to be filmed in and around Baltimore. The Hilltop Diner, the northwest Baltimore hangout that inspired Barry Levinson's screenplay, has by this time devolved into a liquor store, unrecognizable as its former self. The production team eventually discovers and leases the diner it wants from Paramount Modular Concepts of Oakland, N.J. The diner, which was manufactured by Mountain View Diners of Singac, N.J., was formerly the Westbury Grill on Long Island, N.Y., according to Paramount sources.
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December 12, 2012
Paying for the mistakes and lies of the staff at Stratford University is something you can look forward to if you or your child applies to Stratford. I have been enrolled at the university since it was under the name of Baltimore International College, and since Stratford took over, it has been a mess. I was dropped from a class and now I am being told it messed up my financial aid and the refund I was due. I always do my financial aid package early but the person in charge of attendance, a woman who was not only handling attendance but was school counselor has been fired.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
The defunct Baltimore International College is selling its former headquarters at 17 Commerce Street, according to a statement Monday from the real estate firm handling the sale. Real estate leasing and sales firm Cushman & Wakefield is marketing the building “as a redevelopment opportunity for multifamily, hotel, office or retail use,” the statement said. “Originally home to the Baltimore Grain Trading Exchange, the 80,555 square foot Commerce Exchange Building was built in 1906 after the Great Baltimore Fire and completely renovated in 1985,” Cushman & Wakefield said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Michael Joseph Wagner, an award-winning chef who taught at the old Baltimore International College, died of melanoma Sept. 17 at the Gilchrist Hospice of Columbia. He was 52 and lived in Columbia. Born in Baltimore and raised in Rodgers Forge and in Howard County, he was a 1977 graduate of Altholton High School. He earned a degree at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and worked at Russell's in Catonsville and later at Clyde's in Columbia and in Washington, D.C. He was also associated with Baltimore's Planet Hollywood at Harborplace.
FEATURES
By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Food Editor | December 30, 1998
Take three women in transition, add a generous dose of resolve and a fistful of determination. Stir gently into the mix at Baltimore International College and simmer for two years.Remove slowly to shape Culinary Relief, one of the Baltimore area's newest catering businesses.The venture, which grew from a class project at the culinary school, is the dream of graduating students Gloria Gadsden of Catonsville, 44; Yvonne Chavis of Ferndale, 54; and Tracey Taylor of Randalls-town, 32 - women who were seeking a midlife change.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has dismissed a $5 million lawsuit filed against the former president of Baltimore International College by the board of the defunct culinary school. The suit, a counterclaim, alleged that Roger Chylinski, who founded the college and served as its president from 1980 to 2010, misused more than $200,000 for personal meals, antiques and unapproved salary. But Judge John Phillip Miller issued a dismissal May 7 without a hearing or written explanation.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Vivienne Machi | April 9, 2012
Megan Turlington has always loved to bake. So it makes sense that she would be a great fit as popular cupcake truck Iced Gems' resident baker and truck driver. The Cockeysville native attended the Baltimore International College, earned a degree in culinary management, and started working at Iced Gems last May. Turlington, 24, took a break from serving Baltimore its favorite cupcakes to chat with us about her dream creation and how coffee at Panera beats any bar drink in Baltimore.
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