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CIA - Culinary Institute of America

For more than half a century, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence. Its faculty, facilities, and academic programs foster the ability to think creatively, solve problems, and understand what it takes to be a leader. Discover what the CIA is all about. See how everything they do supports their mission of providing the world’s best professional culinary education.

Founded in 1946, The CIA is the only residential college in the world devoted entirely to culinary education. The Institute offers associate and bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, as well as continuing education courses for food service professionals.

Students of the CIA master all aspects of their chosen fields both in the classroom and in the real world situation of the CIA's four acclaimed restaurants. In each restaurant you can enjoy the cuisine and judge for yourself the effectiveness of the CIA in its mission to create the best chefs and food professionals in the world.

The CIA's original New York campus in Hyde Park operates five award-winning, student-staffed public restaurants - St. Andrew's Café, Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, the Escoffier Restaurant, American Bounty Restaurant, and the Apple Pie Bakery Café. Reservations are suggested for all restaurants except the bakery café. For reservations, call 845-471-6608, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or request a reservation online. For more information about the bakery café, call 845-905-4500.

In addition to their extraordinary restaurants, the CIA offers public tours given by current CIA students and a bookstore featuring epicurean delights, cookbooks, souvenirs, and assorted kitchen utensils.

The general public can schedule tours on Mondays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesdays at 4 p.m., and Thursdays at 4 p.m., at $5 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, or to schedule a tour, call 845-451-1588, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Group tours for restaurant guests (groups of 20 or more) may be scheduled by calling 845-451-1544.

The CIA Restaurants

American Bounty Restaurant - Hudson Valley Regional Cuisine
The wealth and diversity of America's cultural heritage is brought to life by the imaginative cuisine of this student-staffed restaurant located in the CIA's main grand building, Roth Hall. A recipient of the prestigious Ivy Award, the Bounty features regional specialties prepared with ingredients harvested from the riches of the Hudson River Valley.

Apple Pie Bakery & Cafe - Sumptuious Baked goods and cafe cuisine
Located just inside the main entrance of Roth Hall, the Apple Pie Bakery Café showcases the talents of the CIA's baking and pastry arts students and faculty, and features sumptuous baked goods and café cuisine. The full menu is available for takeout or to enjoy in our relaxed, reservation-free dining area. The Apple Pie Bakery Café recieved an award for "Best Desserts" in Hudson Valley Magazine's annual "Best Of The Hudson Valley" awards.

Ristorante Caterina de'Medici - Italy's authentic flavors in a Tuscan Villa setting
A 2004 recipient of the prestigious Ivy Award, Ristorante Caterina de' Medici is located in the beautiful Colavita Center for Italian Food and Wine. Its á la carte menu features seasonal ingredients and authentic flavor combinations of this much-beloved cuisine, as well as a diverse selection of Italian wines, beers, and apéritifs. The restaurant has five distinct dining areas, from the Joseph P. DeAlessandro main dining room with its Venetian chandeliers and brass sculptures, to the casual Al Forno Dining Room with its antipasto bar, wood-fired oven, and views of the kitchen. Ristorante Caterina de' Medici was awarded "Best Dutchess County Restaurant" in Hudson Valley Magazine's annual "Best Of The Hudson Valley" awards.

St. Andrew's Cafe - flavorful fare in a family-friendly setting
The award-winning St. Andrew's Café offers bold and flavorful contemporary fare in a casual, family-friendly setting. The a la carte menu of salads, sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas, and main entrées emphasizes fresh, seasonal ingredients. Light sparkling beverages and ciders are a refreshing complement to the innovative cuisine prepared and served by CIA students. Outdoor dining is available in season.

Escoffier Restaurant - classical French quisine with a contemporary touch
French recipes prepared true to the principles of legendary chef Auguste Escoffier, but with a lighter, contemporary touch. Delicate sauces are combined with fresh, seasonal ingredients to produce a subtle harmony of flavors. Located in Roth Hall, the Ivy Award-winning Escoffier was inducted into the Nation's Restaurant News Hall of Fame in 2000. The restaurant's á la carte menu represents the culinary traditions of the regions of France—from rustic Provençal to sophisticated Parisian— all served with a beautiful and authentic presentation. Escoffier Restaurant was awarded "Best Dutchess County Restaurant" in Hudson Valley Magazine's annual "Best Of The Hudson Valley" awards

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