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Vintage Menu Art is Rediscovered through New Partnership Between The Culinary Institute of America and Cool Culinaria

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Purchase of Restored Images to Benefit the World’s Premier Culinary College

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Stephan Hengst

Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America has partnered with Cool Culinaria to bring the CIA’s extensive collection of over 30,000 menus to new audiences in the form of archival prints, notecards, coasters, mugs, tea towels, placemats, and other products.

The Culinary Institute of America Menu Collection was started in the small reference library at the college’s first campus in New Haven, CT with donations from members of the college community. Over the years, it grew from the generosity of many major menu collectors, including George Lang, Chapman S. Root, Craig Claiborne, and Roy Andries de Groot. Now housed in the Conrad N. Hilton Library on the CIA’s campus in Hyde Park, NY, the menu collection contains items dated from 1855 to the present, including a significant representation of international menus.

The archives staff has worked closely with Cool Culinaria to hand-pick an initial selection of more than 30 menus, including the oldest in the collection—Clifton House, Niagara Falls, 1855. Each menu was scanned and the digital files were sent to graphic artists who restored the images to their original glory by digitally removing stains and tears, while minor imperfections were retained to reflect the age of the menu.

The menus span a broad swathe of culinary history, showing the flair of chefs, restaurateurs, and graphic artists over a period of more than 150 years. Archival prints include a copy of the interior of the menu along with a brief description about its history. Cool Culinaria is a pioneer in the field of vintage menu art restoration and transformation. Its mission is to rescue this lost and forgotten folk art from private collections and institutions and bring it back for the public to enjoy with a new appreciation.

To view the full range of offerings from The Culinary Institute of America Menu Collection, visit the Cool Culinaria website.

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To view the full range of offerings from The Culinary Institute of America Menu Collection, visit the Cool Culinaria website.

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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, applied food studies, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 46,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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