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.

Admissions

  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.

Restaurants

  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to www.ciarestaurantgroup.com 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

Thomas Bensel, CIA Managing Director, Educational Administration

Faculty Bio: Thomas Bensel

Educational Administration
Managing Director—California Campus

Professional Experience:
Director of Retail, Bay Bread/La Boulange, San Francisco, CA. General Manager/Director of Operations, Bon Appétit Management Company at Google, Mountain View, CA. Project Director/Partner, Verve Hospitality Group, Berkeley, CA. Vice President of Operations, Vine Dining Enterprises, Corte Madera, CA. Vice President of Operations, Regional Vice President, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Beverly Hills, CA. Director of Operations, Andre-Boudin Bakeries, Inc. San Francisco. Project Consultant, Penguin Productions LLC, San Diego, CA. Area Director, Boston West LLC, San Diego. Owner/Operator, Montanas American Grill, San Diego. Manager/Limited Partner, Savannah Grill, Corte Madera, CA and Newport Beach, CA. Food and Beverage Director, Hornblower Dining Yachts, Inc., San Diego. Executive Chef/Sous Chef, Hilton Inn and Conference Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Member:
Trustee, Agricultural Institute of Marin, San Rafael, CA. Slow Food USA, San Francisco Chapter. Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Advisor, Growing Great Marin/Edible Schoolyard Program.

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