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

Grad Breaks Through Glass...Bottle

Carlton McCoyCarlton McCoy ’04 is just the second African-American to become a master sommelier, earning his diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers this spring.

McCoy, who grew up in inner city Washington, DC, was recently profiled by the Washington Post. The article talked about his upbringing, his scholarship to the CIA through the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, and his experience cooking in some of New York City’s finest restaurants before he chose a career in the dining room rather than the kitchen.

Still just 28, McCoy got his first taste of wine as a CIA student and decided to go that route for his career while working for Eric Ziebold ’94 at Washington’s celebrated CityZen.

The process of becoming a sommelier involves “four levels of increasingly rigorous examinations on wine and spirits knowledge, tasting ability and the finer points of service.” According to the feature story about him, McCoy was one of just four candidates to successfully complete level four, out of 63 who tried.
Now one of 133 master sommeliers in the United States, McCoy works at the Little Nell hotel in Aspen, CO.

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