Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 27–August 20, 2018. Classes will resume on August 21.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena, California, The Bakery Café by illy will be open, but Gatehouse Restaurant will be closed.
  • At the CIA at Copia in Napa, California, The Restaurant at CIA Copia and Contimo Provisions will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, the CIA Live Fire Kitchen will be open Thursday–Sunday, and Nao will be closed.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts

Andrea Morris, CIA culinary arts bachelor's degree wine alumna & Beverage Director, Nix Restaurant.

Alumni Bio: Andrea Morris

Beverage Director, Nix Restaurant
"At the CIA there are so many cool clubs and experiences you can take advantage of. If something interests you, all you have to do is put a little effort into it. If you find something you’re passionate about, you can make it happen."

Andrea Morris’s first passion was gymnastics. “I spent all my time at the gym,” says Andrea, beverage director at Nix, a plant-forward restaurant in New York City. “When I stopped doing gymnastics, I didn’t know what to do.” A family friend ran a catering company and Andrea found she loved the work. At the age of 16 she got a job at the popular Bay Wolf restaurant in her hometown of Oakland, CA. When it came time to choose a college Andrea only had one choice, The Culinary Institute of America. “Both of my parents are really education driven and wanted me to get my bachelor’s degree,” Andrea recalls. “I was determined to go to culinary school and the CIA gave me the option of accomplishing both objectives. I was also wanted to be close to New York City. The Hyde Park campus is beautiful, and being so close to the train station allowed me to get to the city with ease.”

Originally, Andrea’s goal was to become a chef but the Introduction to Wines class opened up a new world of possibilities. “Supposedly, it is the hardest class in the curriculum, but I’m really competitive and driven so I took it as a challenge,” Andrea says. “I’m a bit of a nerd so all the geography and history was really appealing. The immersion of studying about all the wine-producing regions in the world was really cool. You get to learn your palate really fast, get comfortable at tasting, and learn the language of describing wine so you have the vocabulary to talk about it. I studied really hard and aced the class.”

When Andrea began her bachelor’s studies she helped her fellow students as a wine tutor. “I really enjoyed the experience of taking what can be an overwhelming topic and making it more accessible and relatable,” she says. “Keeping it light and fun and taking the information out of context made it easier for students to understand.”

After graduation, Andrea got a job as a server at Eleven Madison Park then moved on to sommelier positions at Oceana and Jean-Georges, where she stayed for three years. All the while, she continued to study wines and in August 2013 Andrea passed the Advanced Sommelier exam from the Court of Master Sommeliers. “I’m working towards the Master Sommelier exam,” Andrea says. “New York City has such an amazing community working towards that exam. I’ve been in a study group for four years and it’s great sharing info and having someone else watch your evolution.” Andrea was recently recognized by the Zagat Survey as one of the 2016 30 Under 30 Rock Stars Redefining the Industry.

“At the CIA there are so many cool clubs and experiences you can take advantage of. If something interests you, all you have to do is put a little effort into it. If you find something you’re passionate about you can make it happen. The resources are all there,” Andrea says.

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