The food was somewhat disappointing given prior experience with CIA. The lobster bisque was not, in fact, a bisque but an over salted broth with tiny, tasteless pieces of lobster floating around. The dinner rolls were also over salted. The hors d’oeuvres and main dish were good, but the baked Alaska had the taste and texture of styrofoam.
The jazz entertainment was excellent!
Always on its game. Great value. Authentic menu - worth the drive
Delicious French luncheon. A great place to spend the afternoon.
Food was excellent. Waiter was terrific. Can't wait to return to any CIA restaurants.
An outstanding lunch, delicious food, extraordinary service, beautiful surroundings.
Very disappointed in this most recent visit (of several) to the CIA. This attempt at a celebration of Sicilian dishes did not come off well. Only the first course was truly enjoyable, and most were accompanied by unappreciated wines. My wife and our tablemates left several plates unfinished. Will return, but order off of the main menu only, because we have so enjoyed previous visits. No more "special events."
We enjoy our meals at the Caterina. Whether for a date or a special occasion or event. The students are very accommodating and knowledgeable. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Sicilian food sampling with wine pairing was very good and, of course, the service was attentive as always. The Sicilian wines we sampled were good, but the cassata for dessert was outstanding.
As ever, the CIA restaurants shine in the use of excellent ingredients and beautifully plated food; student servers work hard, and successfully to provide a smooth experience. Also as always, food preparation is good, but spotty, e.g. lovely tiny mussels garnishing a seafood couscous, overcooked to the point of dryness.
While the food was good overall, it wasn't terribly authentic. Seasoning was timid in the sauces and couscous; upscale ingredients skewed some dishes away from Sicilian, such a porcini in the arancini. The cassata, however, was a spot on updating of the classic Sicilian cake, and was the outstanding item on the menu; we ate it all!
The wines were excellent, well-chosen and the most Sicilian part of the evening.
My husband and I loved the 3 wines, we tasted at the Danny Kay room. The dinner was outstanding. Especially the lobster. Great service.
This was an extraordinary meal. We have been to CIA and American Bounty many times and loved most of them but this is up there as one of the best menus, prepared to perfection and even the wine pairing was great.
Had a great evening.
The CIA always presents interesting foods in interesting ways. However, Wednesday 's lunch left mich to be desired. All of my the food was cold. The squab was served on cold plates. My squab was seated on the outside, but raw on the inside. The meat was cold. My paella was overlooked. The rice kernels having split open. My husband's paella was not cooked enough. Each grain crunched under tooth. We asked for our wine tab. We waited sling that the restaurant became empty; the people at our table having left 15 minutes prior to our getting up. A waiter caught us outside the door in the hallway. This is the students last rotation. It appeared to be the first. Shame on their instructors.
Bocuse at the Culinary Institute never disappoints. This special Basque themed lunch was outstanding in terms of beautifully composed offerings full of flavor and perfectly executed. A great enhancement to the meal was being randomly seated with two other couples who happened to be foodies so conversation never lagged. It was very noisy in the restaurant, however, and any improvement in noise dampening decor would be welcome. The quality of cuisine equals or surpasses the finest restaurants anywhere.
We have been to the CIA many times, this was a disappointing one. It was a dine-around to a meal in all their restaurants. In the Caterina we had asparagus with a glass of mediocre white wine. In the Bocuse, we had fish that was dry and not cooked to a nice flakey finish. In the Bounty, the beef tenderloin was very good , but the sides weren't to be eaten. I'm not sure what they were.
The service was good as usual but the servers couldn't answer questions about the food they were serving or any of the beverages.
All in all it was a disappointing evening at the CIA , not what we would've expected.
This was a fabulous event. Starting with the cocktail reception through the dessert everything was delicious, with perfect wine pairing.
Amazing night of delicious food!!!
The experience was unbelievable!!! From the food and people to the entertainment it was all AWESOME !!
We were at the CIA for the "moveable feast". It was a fantastic evening. We were able to enjoy each of the three restaurants as well as a beautiful reception and the outdoor areas. The food, service and atmosphere were all exceptional.
Love eating at the CIA. I have enjoyed every restaurant and have gone to all of them including the Egg. I live in the area and am so pleased to have such a Culinary Jewel so close to home. PS I have even attended cooking classes. So much fun. Everyone we have taken to the CIA have been awed. Keep up the fine dining cuisine.
As always, the Bocuse was wonderful. They are well organized and our reservations were all set as we went to our table. I did think the dining room was a little too noisy. The food was delicious except for one part of the entree which I noticed almost everyone left on their plate. Not a problem though, since there were two prior courses and I was pretty full. I know they experiment with dishes and I'm sure when they debriefed afterwards they realized that this particular dish didn't work. But that did not overshadow the overall excellence of the meal.
Special events at Caterina De' Medici always offer delicious and interesting menus. This one was northeastern Italy, a cuisine different in many ways from what we think of as Italian; for example, the appetizer ravioli stuffing included potatoes and the sauce for the main course chicken breast in speck was made with beer. The influence of nearby Swiss and German cuisine was interesting.
The food is always delicious, the wine pairings smart, and the service attentive. I recommend the Special Events at all the CIA restaurants, but CdeM is our favorite!
Really enjoyed the special event. Despite showing up almost 30 minutes late, we quickly caught up and the wait staff performed splendidly. I look forward to coming back!
We totally enjoyed the very special Northern Italian night at Caterina De Medici. Everything was perfectly planned and executed; they were vert attentive to my food allergies and made my dishes equally appealing and tasty. It was a great time to have dinner with friends and enjoy great food. Thank you, CIA for a wonderful evening.
My husband and I really enjoyed our experience. We were seated with another couple and enjoyed their company. We will definitely go to another luncheon again. The food was good and the presentation was beautiful.
For those who done know, food is cooked and served by students. This was a 7 course lunch including desserts. Most of the courses were very good. One or two, not so much. Still worth the cost. It's also interesting to talk to the students to find out their backgrounds and where they would like to go.
This was a great way to experience French cuisine. Would certainly recommend this to others, and looking forward to attending other events.
Outstanding luncheon with wonderful choices, unusual offerings, excellent food, superb service. Will return again and again. Opportunity to be seated with other guests and to share experiences with them
I so enjoy eating at the CIA. Especially when there is a special food presentation. These type of offerings provide an opportunity to taste a variety of different foods plus beverages are also included. It is a one price meal - no surprises regarding additional costs. I cannot wait until your next food offering. Delicious and cost effective.
We have been dinig at the CIA for many years. It has always been a pleasurable experience, especially at the Caterina de' Medici Restaurant.
Keep in mind this is at a culinary school, and the restaurants are staffed by students. So mistakes do happen, but for us, that is part of the charm. Most of the students are eager to speak with the guests about the food and their own plans.
We always enjoy Special lunches and dinners at the culinary.
This event was a wine tasting and then a dinner at the American Bounty with different wines with each course. It was very informative. The speaker, Professor Weiss, told us about each wine we were going to have with dinner and the best way to enjoy them. He also attending the meal and periodically reiterated things he had said at the tasting.
This event was a special wine evening with a professor at the Culinary Institute. His presentation with a tasting of 3 wines before dinner was excellent. Our meal consisted of 5 courses, each paired with 1 or 2 wines, and each course was spectacular. My wife and I were delighted to participate in this event!
Special events at the Bocuse restaurant of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) have proven to be very special. This one February 2017 was one of best meals we have ever had. Truly wonderful. Very well thought out, perfectly prepared, and served with expertise.
We always enjoy events at the Culinary even if they are a bit pricey at times. This wine meal was very worth the $95 since the cuisine was unique and the wines were well chosen and quite enjoyable. Only problem with La Bocuse is the noise level.
Our first Beefsteak not knowing what to expect. It was a great surprise! We sat with really nice people. We settled in for the fun quite nicely. We were the newbies. Beefsteak was everything we read about. Just loud boisterous fun for the night!
food a bit salty - I could not eat all of it. However, it was beautifully presented.
Chowders and Stews luncheon event was a birthday celebration. IT was perfect from beginning to end. SErvice , food, presentation was outstanding in every way. WE enjoyed the entire experience.
We know about the CIA and having students as waitstaff, etc., however 2 drinks were accidently poured on one of our table mates and coffee was offered, then not delivered until MUCH later and when it was only 3 out of the 4 cups were poured - very strange
We had another couple at our table.Very congenial folks. An enjoyable lunch.
We were enticed to attend this special 5 course truffle dinner because we wanted to "experience" the truffle taste. The menu was not available in advance and consisted of tuna tartare, cold chicken salad, pasta with cream sauce, and sausage stuffed rabbit loin, all with either black or white truffles. The courses were all good and well presented but not great. The tuna tartare and pasta were favorites, some diners were put off by rabbit which they would have never ordered and was dry, but overall not clear to us what the truffles added to these dishes. Service lagged between courses and had to flag down waiter for wine refills, water glasses unfilled for too long. Semifreddo desert was just OK, I have made better with orange sorbet. Wine pairings were excellent, possibly a highlight if you were free to drink without worry or driving. The Caterina de Medici restaurant is very elegant and comfortable, I would definitely dine there again, as all the restaurants at CIA. A last comment is that we arrived for a 6pm reservation only to find that there was a lecture about truffles in another building (it was bone chilling cold) until 6:45 so the dinner did not actually get underway until almost 7, we had no prior information about this when we made the reservation.