CIA Faculty to Lead Curriculum-Inspired Cuisine with Modern-American Flair
San Antonio, TX – The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in San Antonio is excited to announce Savor, a brand new restaurant coming to Pearl in January 2019. The seasonal Modern-American concept is based on the CIA’s curriculum which teaches cuisines and techniques from around the world. The college’s world-class chefs and hospitality instructors will lead the students who will prepare and serve dinner as part of their associate degree studies. Upon graduation after this class, students may go on to pursue their bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary science, or applied food studies at the college’s New York campus. Savor is the newest member of the CIA Restaurant Group.
“We are thrilled to have Savor join the Pearl community,” said Shelley Grieshaber,
culinary director for Pearl and previously director of education for the CIA San
Antonio. “As a graduate of the CIA, I understand the hard work these students put
in to make this a special experience for the guests, and I am excited the restaurant
will bring flavors from all across the globe to our city.”
Before students join Savor, they have studied the cuisines and
cultures of the Americas, Asia, the Mediterranean, and Europe. Most menu items at
Savor will be locally sourced and the CIA team relies on relationships with farmers
and producers to create an array of fresh dishes. Savor’s menu style allows guests
to build a customized three or four-course meal, including options such as honey-chili
roasted chicken with fat rice and Asian lime; grilled Gulf shrimp with polenta,
olives, and tomato; and Berkshire pork schnitzel with a sunny egg, chamomile apple,
and red sauerkraut. The purpose of this menu format is to educate both students
and patrons on various cuisines. CIA faculty overseeing Savor are Chef Uyen Pham and service instructor Samantha Fletcher.
The bar and lounge area will feature a menu of smaller and shareable
plates such as caviar, potato, and soft egg with leeks and pumpkin seeds; roasted
cauliflower and Brussels sprouts with toum garlic dip
and chicken cracklings; and crisp-fried wings with miso-chili paste, pickled cucumber,
and toasted sesame. The beverage program will feature classic cocktails like a Negroni, a Manhattan, and a dirty martini along with New World
and Old World wines and local favorite craft brews.
“We are curating a menu with seasonal ingredients and global
cooking techniques we admire,” said Chef Pham. “The menu at Savor will encourage
our guests to try unfamiliar flavors.”
Savor’s 2,500 square feet and 62-seat layout ensures that the
ingredients, learning, and great food are the focal points of the restaurant. Clayton
& Little are the lead architects on this project and designed the modern industrial
interior to highlight the open kitchen.
“We are opening a new restaurant in order to improve the education
of our students and meet the evolved tastes of the San Antonio dining community,”
said Waldy Malouf, senior director
of food and beverage operations for the CIA.
Savor is located at 200 E Grayson St., Suite #117, San Antonio, TX 78215, in the
Pearl. The restaurant will be open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Savor website coming soon. For more information, visit www.ciarestaurantgroup.com.
Photo Caption and Hi-Res Images:
Savor, the newest restaurant concept from the CIA Restaurant
Group, opens in January 2019 at the San Antonio campus of The Culinary
Institute of America at Pearl. (Renderings
courtesy: Clayton & Little)
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About The Culinary Institute of America:
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 master’s, bachelor’s, and associate
degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business
management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies.
The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses
for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and
consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and
its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every
area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and
Pearl, located just north of downtown
San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination.
The mixed-use space features retail, dining, picturesque green spaces, paseos riverside
amphitheater, and the San Antonio campus of The Culinary Institute of America. As
a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid past while
embracing the future with LEED-certified buildings mixed with historic
The 22-acre Pearl site is also home
to the year-round Pearl Farmers Market and the award-winning Hotel Emma. Event spaces
include the historic Pearl Stable and the more contemporary Pearl Studio. For more
information, visit atpearl.com.