How do you make college dining exciting for the students with most discerning tastes in the country? The answer came when The Egg
cracked open in late June. The Egg offers a broad range of healthful and cutting-edge food options to students in a spectacular setting overlooking the Hudson River.
To accomplish this, the CIA integrated the principles of its Menus of Change
initiative into the menu. These principles include increasing use of vegetables and fruits, developing dishes where meat plays more of a supporting role, making more of the grain options whole grain, and creating conscious menus that promote health and sustainability.
Dining stations—such as sushi, wood-fired pizzas, and artisanal sandwiches—use local, responsible, and sustainable ingredients. Snacks focus on health, wellness, and the diversity of cultures and cuisines. And, while the standard burger and fries are available, the pricing structure provides a discount for students ordering healthier tasty dishes, such as a wheat berry mushroom burger, chipotle lime-glazed cauliflower taco, or wood oven chicken stir-fry. There are no high-fructose sweetened beverages and, to help make caring for the environment part of campus culture, agua frescas and unsweetened iced tea are free for students carrying reusable cups.
The Egg is also home to experiential classrooms. The High-Volume Production Cookery class serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a state-of-the-art kitchen called The Line. Management students in the Intrapreneurship concentration conceive and create a new foodservice operation each semester at the Innovation Kitchen. An incubator for restaurant concepts, it may be the birthplace of the next Chipotle (founded by Steve Ells '90). And a microbrewery, The Brooklyn Brewery at the CIA, is home to a bachelor’s-level Art and Science of Brewing class.
The Egg immediately has become the focal point of student life on campus. In addition to the many dining options, it features seven lounge areas seating 500 indoors and outdoor seating for 150 more, a special events stage and advanced sound system, large multi-media screens for movie and sports nights, and dozens of charging stations. A marketplace offers fresh, local produce and other artisanal ingredients for students to bring home to cook in their residence hall or off-campus housing.