This is a very special opportunity where you will dine at 2 of the C.I.A.'s amazing restaurants, enjoy a historic mansion tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion and participate in a wine tasting at Millbrook Winery (optional) in the beautiful Hudson Valley.
The Culinary Institute of American is recognized as one of the leading Culinary Schools in the world! With alumni like Anthony Bourdain, Todd English, Rocco DiSpirito and Micheal Mina it speaks for itself. Overlooking the Hudson Valley and river in Hyde Park, New York, it is one of the most amazing dining experiences you will ever experience! For lunch you will get to experience private dining at the American Bounty Farm to Table Restaurant and for dinner we will have a private dining room at one of their best restaurants; Bocuse. Menu is listed at the bottom of this posting.
How it works:
- You will take the 9:45am Metro North train from Grand Central or points north to Poughkeepsie, NY. You may also drive to meet the group at the train station (train fare is not included because of this)
- Your guide will meet you at Poughkeepsie and take you to enjoy lunch in the private dining room at American Bounty.
- After lunch we will travel 5 minute up the road to the historic Vanderbilt Mansion, one of the last mansions built in the Gilded Age.
- Following our tour the entire group will enjoy a guided tour of the Millbrook Winery where you can also participate in an optional wine tasting ($15).
- After our winery visit we will return to the C.I.A. for a delicious dinner at Bocuse, the French restaurant inspired by Paul Bocuse.
- When we are finished with dinner we will bring you back to the train station where you will likely be on the 8:50pm train. (maybe the 7:50pm if possible)
If you love good food, this trip is a new years must!
Cost $230 ($220 for VIP members) includes: choice of appetizer or salad or soup, entree, dessert, coffee, tax and gratuity at American Bounty for lunch. The guided tour of the Vanderbuilt Mansion and Millbrook Winery plus choice of appetizer, salad or soup, entree, dessert tax and gratuity at Bocuse French Restaurant. Transportation to and from the train station and your guide meal is also factored into your cost.
Not Included: train fare, alcoholic beverages at either restaurant, extra side dishes, the wine tasting. (since not everyone drinks)
Can I come alone? Yes, 98% of those attending this event will likely register on their own. You welcome to bring as many non member guests, friends & co workers as you’d like, just make sure to register for the number of people that you want below. Our staff will be ready to greet you and introduce you to others whether you are on your own or with guests.
Do I need a ticket? Unless otherwise instructed, if you registered and paid for this event or registered with a voucher your name will be on a list with Dave when you arrive. We will send confirmation when you register and just before the trip.
Dress Code: At all events we ask that you use your best judgement based on the event. There are never jackets and ties required unless specifically stated. Keep it neat, be yourself and look your best always. It will likely be cold so dress for the weather
How will I find the group? We will send you a confirmation email with exact locations, contact info and names of those who are hosting the event when you register for the event and send follow up emails as we get closer.
Ages: 21+ Most of our events attract 20’s -40’s although some events can skew younger or older (50’s) depending on the event. Some events are clearly age specific as indicated. If this is an issue for you contact Dave at the address below and we can usually give you a very accurate idea of what to expect.
Questions? Contact Dave Cervini at email@example.com or call 212-873-2256 M-F 10am-4pm
This event is nonrefundable unless the event is canceled or rescheduled.
By registering for this event you take full responsibilities for your actions and agree to conduct yourself accordingly.
MENUS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Menu American Bounty (Lunch)
Roasted Sage Kabocha Gnocchi
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, Grana Padano, Sage Jus
Saffron Cream, Chorizo, Roasted Sweet Peppers, Sunchokes, Jalapeño Jam Crostini
Cucumber-Mint Mojito Mignonette
Chicken Fried Quail
Smoked Guava BBQ, Green Mango-Chayote Slaw, Fried Quail Egg
Butternut Ginger Chowder
Spiced Squash Seeds, Shrimp Flauta
Celery Root-Cider Soup
Caramelized Honey Crisp, Puffed Wild Rice
Tequila Cured Salmon
Preserved Lime Crème Fraiche, Sourdough, Charred Citrus Vinaigrette
Arugula & Pickled Blackberry Salad
Grilled Focaccia, Toasted Almonds, Goat Cheese, Champagne Vinaigrette
Roasted Fig & Sweet Potato
Charred Green Onion, Fresno Salad, Camembert, Manodori
Roasted Grapes, Rascal Cheese, Hazelnut-White Wine Dressing
Roasted Pear Salad
Savory Granola, Ewe’s Blue, Maple-Bourbon Vinaigrette
Baby Beet Salad
Whipped Goat Cheese, Pumpernickel Dirt, Balsamic Reduction
Black Barley Mushroom Ragout, Preserved Shallots, Cauliflower Purée, Chicken Jus
Grilled Cauliflower Steak
Garlic Radish Pesto, Heirloom Carrot Salad, Wheat Berry Pilaf
Sautéed King Salmon
Artichoke Purée, Marbled Potatoes, Fried Capers, Brown Butter
Roasted Lamb Chops*
Carolina Griddle Cake, Roasted Root Vegetables, Lamb Jus
Cabernet Cranberry Farro, Toasted Pine Nuts, Maple-Butternut Squash Emulsion
Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast*
Smoked Basmati, Toasted Cashews, Baby Bok Choy, Pomegranate Gastrique
Grilled Meiller Farm Strip Loin*
Sweet Potato Purée, Heirloom Baby Carrots and Parsnips, Black Garlic Jus
Caramelized Honeycrisp Apple (GF)
Cornmeal-Rosemary Sablé, Brown Sugar-Vanilla Ice Cream
Pumpkin Panna Cotta
Pear-Ginger Sorbet, Spiced Oat Streusel
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Vanilla Bavarian Cream, Salted Caramel Chantilly
Menu Bocuse (dinner)
Mise en Bouche
Black Truffle Soup VGE
Beef Broth, Vegetables, Black Truffles, Puff Pastry
Roasted Squash Soup
Compote, Seeds, Yogurt, Sage, Wild Rice
Fall Harvest Salad
Artichoke, Lentil, Squash, Citrus, Smoked Blue Cheese, Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Rocket & Endive Salad
Apple, Walnut, Cauliflower, Beet, Roasted Grape Vinaigrette
East Coast Oysters*
Blistered Heirloom Cherry Tomato, Green Tomato Mignonette
Gizzard Confit, Mushroom, Idiazabal, Cranberry
Scallop, Piquillo Peppers, Boquerones, Chorizo, Black Olive Aïoli
Assortment of French Cheeses
Black Mission Figs, Guava, Sourdough
Les Plats Principaux
Caulilinni, Salsify, Aritchoke, Greens, Blood Orange Sabayon
Marble Potatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Fennel, Caviar, Dashi Beurre Blanc
Poulet en Vessie
Beets, Portobello, Shishito, Sauce Écossaise
Pork Fillet Charcutière*
Poached Apples, Savoy Cabbage, Cipollini Onion, Chestnut Spätzle
Seasonal Vegetables, Porcini Noodles, Greens, Horseradish, Mushroom Broth
Maple Leaf Duck Breast*
Celery Root, Fingerling Potatoes, Charred Onion, Pink Peppercorn
Tarte au Chocolat
Pistachio Crunch, Cassis Sorbet
Apple Tatin “Kouign Amann”
Toasted Cumin Ice Cream, Cinnamon Pebbles, Granny Shiso Sauce
Charlotte aux Poires
Cheesecake, Sablé Cookie, Pear Compote, Maple-candied Pecans, Carrot Halva
Pine Nut Kulfi, Toasted Orange “Air” Brioche, Vanilla Meringue, Pomegranate Nectar
Assortment of French Cheeses
Black Mission Figs, Guava, Sourdough
Table-Side Ice Cream & Voyage Treats
Baba au Rum Zaya
Macaron of the Day
Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Pain d’Epice: Coconut Rice, Mango Sauce
Sable Breton: Peanut Cream, Concord Grape Jam