Culinary Institute of America Lunch/Tour & Hudson Walkway

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  • 05/13/2023
    9:50 am - 5:51 pm

The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary institute in Hyde Park, NY.  Enjoy a day out of the city with other members of the group as we enjoy a 3 course lunch at Catarina De Medici Italian Restaurant for lunch and a special tour of the CIA campus hosted by one of the students.  Following the tour you can walk off your calories on The Walkway Across The Hudson, the world’s longest pedestrian walkway!

How it works:

  • Take the 9:50am Metro-North train from Grand Central or points north to Poughkeepsie, NY (65 miles north of NYC). You may also drive to meet the group at the train station at 12:02pm.
  • Your guide will pick you up and bring you to the CIA campus overlooking the Hudson River.
  • Enjoy lunch at Catarina De Medici.
  • After lunch a CIA student will take us on a guided tour of the campus.
  • After the tour we can stop at their shop so you can pick up some amazing treats to bring home.
  • Finally you will walk off your calories on The Walkway Across The Hudson.  A famous old railroad bridge that has been converted into a pedestrian walkway.
  • You will be back on the 5:51pm train at the latest.

Menu (subject to change)


Appetizers   (choose one)

Grilled Caesar Salad :
Parmesan-Black Pepper Frico, Boquerónes, Croutons

Salumi :
Assorted Cured Meats, Seasonal Pickled Vegetable

Grilled Octopus :
Aleppo, Fava Bean “Hummus,” Pepper and Olive Dressing

Pizza Margherita :
Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad :
Supremes, Provolone, Pine Nuts, Citrus Vinaigrette

Escarole and Bean Soup:
White Bean, Shaved Parmesan

Taleggio and Mushroom Ravioli :
Treviso, Brown Butter, Pine Nuts

Egg Yolk Pappardelle Bolognese :
Pork, Beef, Herb Impastada

Aquerello Risotto :
Squash, Mushroom, Pepita, Pecorino

Linguine Alle Vongole :
White Wine, Chili Flake

Ricotta Cavatelli :
Amatriciana, Guanciale, Parmesan


Main Course

Mediterranean Branzino :
Swiss Chard, Crushed Fingerlings, Manodori Balsamic, Mirum Oil
Cioppino :
Fin Fish, Clams, Shrimp, Mussels, Braised Fennel, Crostini
Pork Saltimbocca :
Broccolini, Polenta Gratin, Madeira Jus

Lamb Duo:
Winter Caponatina, Baby Artichokes

Roasted Chicken :            
Cauliflower, Artichokes, Romanesco

Grilled New Zealand King Salmon :
Fregola, Kale, Acqua Pazza

Grilled Strip Steak :
Spinach, Truffle Fries, Chili Aioli, Bordelaise


Pear Tart :        
Vanilla Bean Gelato, Almond Cream, Apple Cider Sauce

Panna Cotta :
Macerated Berries, Honey Tuile
Tiramisù :
Mascarpone Cream, Espresso Lady Fingers

Affogato :
Vanilla Gelato, Espresso, Almond Cantucci


Cost:  $165 General Admission / $155 Lifetime VIP Members.

Included:  3 course lunch, 1 soft drink or “mocktail,” tax and gratuity, transportation to and from the Poughkeepsie train station to all activities (alcohol may be purchased separately), tour.

Can I come alone? Yes, most guests do! It’s a great way to meet new people.

Dress Code:  Casual/Neat

Ages: 21+

Questions? Email Dave Cervini at or call 212.873.2256, M-F 10am to 4pm.

Nonrefundable unless canceled.

Illness Protocols/Refunds
In accordance with current city and state protocols vaccination status or masks are not mandatory for this event.  However, we do ask that participants act in a responsible manner and do not attend if feeling ill, showing symptoms or have been recently exposed to any of the current illnesses..  Mask wearing is optional unless the venue or city has mandated that.  Everyone should respect the comfort levels of others as we transition into this next phase of socializing.

This event is nonrefundable unless canceled.  If you have tested positive for Covid or are sick with any ailment  that prohibits you from attending, we will do our best to provide you with credits for select future events with a copy of your positive test results or doctor’s note. Credits may or may not equal the cost of the event missed and may only be applied to events selected by NYSN.


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