The CIA Restaurant Group's 2014 Winter Dining Series

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New Signature Events Highlight Festival of Exciting Lunches and Dinners

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Jeff Levine
Communications Manager

Hyde Park, NY – The CIA Restaurant Group unveils its new season of tantalizing tastings, enlightening lectures, and delicious dining at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. With more than two dozen events from January to early April, the CIA Winter Dining Series offers unique experiences that can only happen at the world's premier culinary college—right in the Hudson Valley. Many offerings are brand-new for 2014, while some old favorites return to the menu as the series celebrates its 23rd season.

This year, each restaurant has a unique signature event that will be featured at both dinner and lunch, bringing excitement, fun, and history to the table:

American Bounty Restaurant
January 29 and 30: The Beefsteak was a New York City institution from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. At the male-only banquet, beef, beer, and singing were the order of the day and no utensils were used. "Beefsteaks" raised money for politicians, friends, or a cause. While this Beefsteak in the American Bounty will also celebrate the pleasures and camaraderie of the communal table, two big differences are that women are welcome and utensils are available—but not mandatory.

The Bocuse Restaurant
February 11 and 12: L'Anniversaire du Restaurant Bocuse celebrates the first anniversary of the restaurant's opening with the exact menu served to legendary Chef Paul Bocuse and his friends Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, and Michel Richard at the restaurant's official opening in February 2013. This exclusive and delectable event features the classic signature dishes of France's notable chefs re-imagined using ultra-modern techniques.

Ristorante Caterina de' Medici
March 26 and 27: Black Tie and Truffles is a chance to dine on food redolent with the aroma and flavor of the rare truffle. The "culinary gold" from Italy is featured in each of the meal's courses. Even dessert includes truffles—the other kind—made of dark chocolate. The entire experience is enhanced by the exquisite singing of an a capella opera group from nearby Bard College.

For a complete 2014 CIA Winter Dining Series schedule, visit Reservations can be made at the website or by calling 845-471-6608.

Give the Gift of the CIA this Holiday Season
CIA gift cards make a unique holiday gift for dining and food enthusiasts, and they are available from $20 on up. To buy a gift card, call 1-866-242-7787, visit the CIA Hospitality Office in Roth Hall on the Hyde Park campus, stop in at any of the restaurants, or go to CIA gift cards may be used for Winter Dining Series events, lunch or dinner at on-campus restaurants, or for hands-on food enthusiast classes.

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Photo 1: For a complete listing of events in the 2014 CIA Winter Dining Series, visit
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Photo 2: The Winter Dining Series brings more than two dozen special events to The Culinary Institute of America's Hyde Park campus in early 2014. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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