The Culinary Institute of America and Taste NY Announce Late Summer and Fall Dinners and Enthusiast Classes

Reservations are now available for Taste NY Dining Series events

New Offerings to Give Food Lovers a Chance to Taste the Best of the Empire State

Media Contact:

Virginia Muré
Communications Manager

Hyde Park, NY – The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Taste NY are pleased to announce a series of special Dining Series events and classes for food and beverage enthusiasts that feature New York State products. Earlier this year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced The Culinary Institute of America as an educational partner of Taste NY, a program designed to showcase the many food and beverage products that are grown and produced in the state. The new Taste NY-themed offerings at the college were created to give consumers new ways to experience New York State’s many agricultural products.

“I couldn’t be happier about our newfound partnership with The Culinary Institute of America, which will help educate New Yorkers and our visitors about the diversity of our agricultural products,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “The classes and dinners that are being offered are an incredible way to taste and even pair the many great products grown or produced in New York State, while helping to support our agricultural economy.”

Dining Series Events

Spirits of the Hudson Valley with Taste NY (Wednesday, August 26). Join the founder and distiller of Tuthilltown Distillery and a local farmer to learn about the bounty to be found in the Valley, as well as the impact of terroir on food, wine, and spirits. Then enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dinner that will further elevate what the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Long Island Chowderfest with Taste NY (Wednesday, September 16). Learn about locally grown grapes used in New York State wines from a wine expert and produce from a local farmer while you sample four different types of chowder. The family-style dinner includes roasted oysters and clams, fried chicken and hush puppies, broiled lobster, peach cobbler, and lush Long Island wines.

A New York Beer Dinner with Taste NY (Thursday, October 29). Start your evening with a tour and tasting of the new brewery on the CIA campus. Then enjoy a dinner that pairs five different beers from the Finger Lakes region and the CIA’s own brews with deliciously reimagined regional American pub food.

All dinners will be held in the CIA’s American Bounty Restaurant on the Hyde Park, NY campus and will start at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 845-471-6608 or visit our website.

New Food Enthusiast Classes

Multi-day Boot Camp program

Taste NY Boot Camp (September 21–25). From foie gras to apples to artisan cheese, the distinguishing flavors of New York State abound. Seasonal products, harvested and crafted by regional and local purveyors, provide the foundation for the satisfying dishes you’ll prepare in this five-day course.

During this flavorful culinary tour, you’ll discover and sample the best of New York State. You will discuss and learn about seasonal ingredients, farming, and characteristic New York foods. You’ll also enjoy an exciting off-site excursion to experience local Hudson Valley, NY goodness right from the source. Then, you will put your knowledge to work as you learn cooking techniques that best showcase the ingredients and use a selection of regional and local products to prepare intensely flavorful dishes.

One-day Saturday Classes

Taste NY—Fall in the Empire State (September 19, 26, and October 3). Farm-fresh produce, bountiful meat, fish, and dairy, and outstanding wines—all are available in abundance in New York State. Come experience the bounty of the fall season in this food lover’s paradise. In this one-day class, you’ll sample seasonal products harvested and crafted by regional purveyors throughout New York, practice cooking techniques that best showcase the state’s ingredients, and use local products to create an assortment of flavorful dishes.

Taste NY—Beer, Wine, Cider, and Spirits (September 19 and October 24). New York has some of the best wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries in the country, and alcoholic beverages from the Empire State are served, enjoyed, and highly regarded by people all over the world. You’ll definitely be in a New York State of mind as you taste and learn about a wide array of beverages produced around the state, from Long Island to the Finger Lakes to the Hudson Valley.

For more information on these special Boot Camp and Saturday classes, visit us online or call 1-800-888-7850.

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Photo 1: Taste NY classes explore the authentic foods and flavors of New York. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Photo 2: Reservations are now available for Taste NY Dining Series events featuring the flavors of New York. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Taste NY is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at large public events such as the New York Wine & Food Festival, and the Great New York State Fair, as well as special events with the New York Racing Association. The program has also opened stores at Thruway rest stops and New York City airports and transportation hubs, enabling travelers to buy New York State’s homegrown and homemade products. Approximately 1,100 local companies have participated in these opportunities, further linking their products and the state’s growing food and beverage market to consumers from across the globe.

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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