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Gatehouse Restaurant Opens at the CIA at Greystone

St. Helena, CAThe Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone opened Gatehouse Restaurant at its historic property in St. Helena on Saturday, January 21. The new restaurant is located at the Williams Center for Flavor Discovery, the former location of The Conservatory Restaurant and Greystone Cellars’ original gatehouse, and it offers a table d’hote-style menu and service.

“As part of their education, CIA students are required to have rigorous real-to-life experiences in a restaurant environment,” Jennifer Purcell, director of education, explains. “This new restaurant provides an exceptional educational experience for our students that will build both their front of the house and back of the house skills.”

The restaurant is the capstone course for CIA students completing their associate degrees. It is a culmination of two years of rigorous culinary, baking and pastry, hospitality, and beverage management instruction. In this classroom “laboratory,” students create and serve customers creative contemporary dishes in the refined, yet casual dining room. Dishes are prepared with the freshest regional ingredients, including items from the CIA’s own farms and herb gardens.

Both lunch and dinner offer guests a prix-fixe menu with a variety of options for each course. Diners can select three or four courses in the categories of Beginnings, Delicate, Robust, and Sweets. Expect to see items such as Warm Butternut Squash Soup with Duck Confit, Toasted Pine Nuts, and Cinnamon Crème Fraiche; Braised Five-Spice Short Rib with Pommes Dauphines; Rolled Pasta with Black Truffle and Root Vegetables in a Roasted Parsnip Alfredo Cream; and Moscato Poached Pear with Honey Cream, Chocolate Glaze, Ginger Crumble, and Pear Tuile.

With the opening of this new restaurant, the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant has closed after 20 years. The restaurant will be become classroom space and a student dining commons.

“As we continue to fine tune our academic programs, we are always assessing the needs of our students. The planned updates to the Greystone facility will enhance academics and improve campus life,” says Managing Director Tom Bensel. “At the same time, the restaurant will be a great new dining addition to the already amazing culinary scene in the city of St. Helena.”

Gatehouse Restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch (11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.) and dinner (5:30–8 p.m.). Lunch is available for $32 (three courses) or $42 (four courses), and dinner is available for $39 (three courses) or $49 (four courses). Reservations can be made by calling 707-967-2300 or by visiting The CIA at Greystone also offers a variety of cooking, baking, and wine classes to consumers, along with a retail store, café, and special events.

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Photo 1: Gatehouse Restaurant is located at the Williams Center for Flavor Discovery. (Photo credit: Victor M. Samuel Photography)
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Photo 2: Student takes order from table at new Gatehouse Restaurant. (Photo credit: Victor M. Samuel Photography)
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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 degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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