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

Katherine Polenz, CIA Professor—Culinary Arts

Faculty Bio: Katherine Polenz ’73

Culinary Arts
Professor—Culinary Arts

BPS, State University of New York, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY. AOS, CIA, Hyde Park, NY.

Professional Background:
Chef, Shire at Culverton Adult Care Facility, Rochester, NY. Kitchen Supervisor, Rochester Jewish Home and Infirmary (Kosher facility), Rochester. Assistant Foodservice Director, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. Executive Chef, National Hotel, Frenchtown, NJ; Sergeantsville Inn, Sergeantsville, NJ; Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck, NY. Meat Cutter, Maresca and Sons, Sergeantsville. Chef de Cuisine, Good Enough to Eat, High Falls, NY. Chef/Owner, The Pampered Palate, off-premise catering (specializing in nutritional food preparation).

Taste of the Hudson Valley 1988, appetizer/soup category; The Ginsberg’s Award 1987.

Women Chef and Restaurateurs. ACF. Past Vice President and Committee Chair, Mid-Hudson Culinary Association.

Vegetarian Cooking at Home

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