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Legendary in its stature, monumental in its impact, the Culinary Institute of America looms on a rise high above the Hudson River just north of Poughkeepsie. The largest culinary educational institution in America, the CIA impacts our epicurian lives as it dominates the Hudson.

Housed within the building are gourmet restaurants open to the public and staffed by the students exercising their newly discovered talents. Although you might consider that you are a test subject of their mysterious laboratories, your taste buds and happy smiles will bring you back again and again for more of this kind of torture.

Tours of the CIA are available twice daily, at 10am and 4pm. Your tour will take you on an extensive visit of the depths of the facility, from classrooms to board rooms, from scullery to kitchens. You will meet many of the students and sample their work as you wander the halls of this most delictable of schools.

During the warm months, reservations for both the restaurants and the tours are highly suggested as it fills up quickly, especially on the weekends. Mid-week spontaneity may, however, be rewarded with a slot on the tour or a chair at the table.

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