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Apple Pie Bakery Café Reopens with Fresh New Look, Menu

Hyde Park, NY – Eighteen years after it opened, The Culinary Institute of America’s award-winning Apple Pie Bakery Café today re-opened its doors with a beautifully redesigned space, and a menu featuring both classic Apple Pie Bakery Café favorites and crave-worthy new sweet and savory selections. The CIA turned to trusted collaborator, hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany to reimagine the Apple Pie Bakery Café for the next generation of students and the local community.

Evolution and Transformation
Since its opening, Apple Pie Bakery Café has been one of the CIA’s most popular restaurants, prized by local residents and visitors alike for its fantastic food, breads, pastries, cakes, pies and casual atmosphere. By 2017, the café was serving two to three times the number of guests initially anticipated. As part of the renovations, the café’s kitchen and service lines were expanded to better accommodate our guests.

From a design standpoint, the dark wood and wall coverings have been replaced by cream and shades of soft, cool green, creating a bright, open space. In addition, the brick wall facing the courtyard has been painted white to complement the natural light coming through large arched windows. Classic brasserie-style decorative floor tiles set the tone for a relaxed, welcoming environment, while modular chandeliers and circular sconces illuminate the space throughout.

An Improved Guest Experience
The new layout includes a separate dining area with table service, along with an expanded and easier-to-navigate separate take-out and grab & go section.

Staying True to Its Core
The staff at the Apple Pie Bakery Café—both front- and back-of-house—are CIA students, in the final weeks of their associate degree studies in baking and pastry arts. The new café provides them a hands-on opportunity to achieve the highest levels of excellence in cooking, baking, and service.

“As the world’s premier culinary college, education is at the core of everything we do,” said Chef Waldy Malouf, the CIA’s senior director of food and beverage operations. “The renovated and expanded Apple Pie Bakery Café improves the educational experience we provide to our students.”

The Apple Pie Bakery Café Take Out Area is open 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday, with seating available from 7:30–10 a.m. Table Service is offered Monday–Friday, from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information and to view the menu, visit

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A new look and new menu await guests of the redesigned Apple Pie Bakery Café, which reopened on the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on January 16, 2018. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, and associate degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also offers executive education through its Food Business School along with certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of nearly 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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