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.

Admissions

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

Restaurants

  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to www.ciarestaurantgroup.com 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

  • CIA California Student Housing
  • CIA California Orientation

    Welcome to CIA California!

    New Student Orientation occurs during your first week on campus. Below are examples of what typical CIA orientation schedules for the California campus look like. You are required to attend all sessions, which will begin promptly as scheduled.

    Sessions for parents and family members will be held during the first two days. They are encouraged to attend but this is not a requirement. Due to space limitations, we can only accommodate two family members per student for orientation presentations and programming. RSVP to Nichole Perry at nichole.perry@culinary.edu or 707-967-2407.

    A complete orientation schedule, including accurate times and locations, will be posted on CIA Main Menu (the student portal) and e-mailed to you approximately two weeks prior to your arrival.

  • Business Casual Dress

    9–11:30 a.m.—For Residential Students Only (casual dress): Move in
    11:45 a.m.—Check in, Berns Hospitality Area, Main building, 1st floor
    Noon–12:45 p.m.—Buffet lunch. Parents and commuter students welcome. Student Dining Services, Main building, 2nd floor
    1–2:30 p.m.—Personal Mise en Place: Ecolab Theater, Main building, 1st floor
     • Student ID for students with last names A–H (Must bring a photo ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.), Ventura Center stage, Main building, 3rd floor south
     • Student Financial Planning open appointments: Education Office, Main building, 3rd floor south
     • Package pick up: Rudd Center, 1st floor package room
     • Pre-ordered uniform distribution: Rudd Center, 1st floor package room
     • Parking permits (all vehicles): Campus Services, Main building, atrium desk
    2:45–3:45 p.m.—Team Building: Building Your Mise en Place, Barrel Room, Main building, 2nd floor
    3:45–4 p.m.—Break and transition time to next session
    4–5 p.m.—We’re Glad You’re Here: Student/Parent/Family Presentation, Ecolab Theater, Main building, 1stfloor
    5–5:15 p.m.—Break: say goodbye to parents and family
    5:15–5:30 p.m.—Chef’s Uniform Tips: A primer for Day One, Ecolab Theater, Main building, 1st floor
    5:30–6 p.m.—Group Meeting for homework assignment, Ventura Center Common Area and classrooms
    6–6:30 p.m.—Dinner (optional): Teaching Kitchen, Main Building, 3rd floor
    7–8 p.m.—For Residential Students Only: Mise en Place for Living in CIA Housing, Ecolab Theater, Main building, 1st floor

    Chef’s Uniform Dress

    6–8 a.m.—Breakfast: Teaching Kitchens, Main building, 3rd floor
    8–8:30 a.m.—New Student Check in, Atrium, Main building, 1st floor
    8:30–9 a.m.—Admissions Welcome: Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
    9–10:30 a.m.—Clearances
     • Student Health Office Clearances: Barrel Room, 2nd floor
     • Student Financial Planning Clearances: Education Office, 3rd floor
     • Enrollment Agreement and Performance Fact Sheet: Barrel Room, 2nd floor
     • Permanent Uniform fitting: Rudd Center, 2nd floor
     • Student ID for students with last names J–M (Must bring a photo ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.), Ventura Center stage, Main building, 3rd floor south
    10:30–11 a.m.—Team Building: Building Your Mise en Place Part II, Barrel Room, 2nd floor
    11–11:45 a.m.—Mise-en-volvement: Recipe for Success, Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
    Noon–1 p.m.—Lunch: Teaching Kitchens, 3rd floor
    1:15–2:30 p.m.—Welcome by campus leadership (parents/family members are encouraged to attend): Ecolab Theater, Main Building, 1st floor
    2:30–3:15 p.m.—Celebration of the Toque (parents/family members are encouraged to attend): Ecolab Theater, Main Building, 1st floor
    3:15 p.m.—Free Time: Please take this time to walk around campus, visit the college bookstore, take photos, say goodbye to your parents/family members, etc.
    7–7:30 p.m.—For Residential Students Only: Teaching Kitchens, Main building, 3rd floor

    Chef’s Uniform Dress

    6–8:30 a.m.—Breakfast: Teaching Kitchens, Main building, 3rd floor
    8:30–10 a.m.—Academic Mise en Place: Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
     • Transitioning from Dreams to Reality: The Center for Career and Academic Advising staff discuss the transition to academic life at the CIA and the career opportunities that lie ahead
     • Succeeding at the CIA…and Beyond: Our faculty leaders discuss faculty expectations, balancing classwork and social life and the variety of learning opportunities available
     • Learning Strategies for Success: Learning Strategies staff covers services to help you succeed academically
    10:15 a.m.–Noon—Campus Life Mise en Place: Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
     • Supporting Your Success: A representative from the Counseling & Psychological Services reviews programs that help you manage personal challenges and succeed at the college
     • Working at the CIA: Student employment staff will explain the hiring process and various opportunities to work on campus
     • Logging In to the CIA: IT staff familiarize you on how to navigate the student web portal, your CIA e-mail account, and the online course management system to keep you on track
     • Ensuring a Safe Campus for Everyone: A representative from Campus Safety reviews policies and procedures that will make your stay at the CIA a productive, enjoyable, and safe experience
    Noon–1 p.m.—Lunch: Teaching Kitchens, 3rd floor
    1–1:45 p.m.—Your Class Schedule and Student Financial Planning: Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
     • Learn about your class schedule and get an overview of the offerings provided by the Student Financial & Registration Services and the Registrar’s Office
    1:45–2 p.m.—Your Dining Options: Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
     • Dining Services staff members discuss student meal service, dining in the Teaching Kitchen and answer your questions
    2–4 p.m.—Student ID for students with last names N–Z (Must bring a photo ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.), Ventura Center stage, Main building, 3rd floor south
    2:15–3:45 p.m.—Assessment Test: Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
     • For challenge-exam students: please bring #2 pencils and a calculator
    4–5 p.m.—For International Students Only: Welcome & Information Session: Education Conference Room, Education Office, 3rd floor south
    7–7:30 p.m.—For Residential Students Only: Teaching Kitchens, Main building, 3rd floor

    Chef’s Uniform Dress

    6–8 a.m.—Breakfast: Teaching Kitchens, Main building, 3rd floor
    8–11 a.m.—Introduction to AOS course work
     • Culinary majors, Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
     • Baking and Pastry majors, VC1 classroom, Ventura Center, 3rd floor
    11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—First year homework and project expectations
     • Culinary majors, Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
     • Baking and Pastry majors, VC1 classroom, Ventura Center, 3rd floor
    12:30–1:30 p.m.—Lunch: Teaching Kitchens, 3rd floor
    1:30–2:30 p.m.—Kitchen and Bakeshop Orientation
     • Culinary majors, Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
     • Baking and Pastry majors, VC1 classroom, Ventura Center, 3rd floor
    2:30–3:30 p.m.—Toolkit distribution and equipment review
     • Culinary majors, Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
     • Baking and Pastry majors, VC1 classroom, Ventura Center, 3rd floor
    3:30–4 p.m.—IT Workshop: create account settings to maximize your efficiencies. Please bring your devices for hands-on activities, All majors, Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
    4–4:30 p.m.—Orientation wrap up and ID distribution: All majors, Ecolab Theater, 1st floor
    4:30–5 p.m.—Open time for appointments on campus
     • Student Financial Planning, Education Office, 3rd floor
     • Student Health Clearances, Education Office, 3rd floor
     • Learning Strategies Center, LSC Library, 3rd floor
     • Counseling Services, Rhodes Room, 1st floor
     • Uniform exchange, as needed, Rudd Center, 1st floor
    7–7:30 p.m.—For Residential Students Only: Teaching Kitchens, Main building, 3rd floor

    Casual Dress

    10 a.m.–4 p.m.—Optional Activity, Tour of Napa Valley: Getting to know your new home in St. Helena, Calistoga and Napa. Sign up on the student web portal to reserve your space.

  • Parents & Family Orientation

  • 9–11:30 a.m.—Residential students move in; casual dress
    11:45 a.m.—Check in, Berns Hospitality Center, Main building, 1st floor
    Noon–12:45 p.m.—Buffet lunch: Parents and commuter students welcome; business casual dress, please (no jeans). Student Dining Services, Main building, 2nd floor
    1–2:30 p.m.—Free Time
     • Please use this free time to accompany your student on campus appointments, visit campus store, etc.
    2:45–3:45 p.m.—Understanding Mise en Place: Tools for Success and Transition to College, DeBaun Theater, main building, 1st floor
     • An interactive discussion for parents to explore key issues and concerns with sending your student to college
    3:45–4 p.m.—Break and transition to next session
    4–5 p.m.—We’re Glad You’re Here: Student/Parent/Family Presentation, Ecolab Theater, Main building, 1st floor
    5 p.m.—Say good bye to students; parent/family program concludes for the day

    Business Casual Dress

    1:15–2:30 p.m.—Welcome to the CIA at Greystone presented by campus leadership, Ecolab Theater, Main building, 1st floor
     • Parents/family are encouraged to attend this session with their student
    2:30–3:15 p.m.—Celebration of the Toque, Ecolab Theater, main building, 1st floor
     • Join us in celebration as we welcome new students to the CIA family by presenting them with a chef’s hat (toque).
    3:15 p.m.—Free Time; program concludes
     • Please use this time to take photos, walk around campus, visit the campus store and say goodbye to your student.