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The CIA Announces New Restaurant at Pearl Coming in January 2019: Savor

Exterior rendering of 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

CIA Faculty to Lead Curriculum-Inspired Cuisine with Modern-American Flair

San Antonio, TXThe 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

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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 Singapore.

About Pearl:

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 architecture.

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

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