Arden: Into the Timeless Forest, CIA Student Charity Event, December 3 2022

The Culinary Institute of America’s senior class presents Arden: Into the Timeless Forest, an evening inspired and nurtured by art. Embark on a night filled with magic and endless possibilities. When dusk fades, let us capture your senses with the finest handcrafted elixirs and potions. Wander down the path to Farquharson Hall, where you’ll be met with a tasting menu showcasing the beauty and hidden elements of nature. Throughout the evening, there will be a silent auction and raffle available for a chance to win unique prizes.

This student-planned, operated, and organized charity event celebrates and showcases what the future leaders in the culinary world have learned during their time at the CIA. The evening will benefit No Kid Hungry, a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, who works to solve problems of childhood hunger and poverty in the United States and throughout the world.
Charity: No Kid Hungry.
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022.
Time: 4–10 p.m.
Location: Roth Hall at The Culinary Institute of America.
Address: 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
Dress Code: Elegant/Formal Attire.
Tickets: $140 per person, including all beverages, dinner, tax, and service.
Entertainment: Harpist Pamela Bruce.
Additional Notes: This event is limited to 120 guests and CIA gift cards are not redeemable at this event.

This event has sold out. For questions about the event or to be added to the wait list, please call 845-905-4374.




Savory Menu

Hors d’Oeuvre

Popped Out of the Forest
shallot marmalade, shiitake confit, puff pastry

The Jumpers
tempura fried frog legs, ranch seasoning, basil aioli

Foraged Greens
local lettuce, herbs, grilled short rib, spicy citrus vinaigrette

Drops in a Pond
vegetable filled dumpling, glass noodles, umami broth


First Course

Lost in the Woods
purple ube custard, edible rocks, cauliflower mushrooms, fermented romanesco, fried herbs
2021 White Riesling, Stony Hill Vineyard, St. Helena, California

Second Course

Pheasant Pillows
quail confit, spinach gnocchi, white wine sauce, pickled gooseberries
2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Pope Valley Winery, Napa Valley, California

Third Course

A Doe’s Graze
herbed venison, winter squash puree, smoked trumpet mushrooms, glazed carrot ribbons, red wine reduction sauce
2020 Pinot Noir, LOLA Wines, Russian River Valley, California

Fourth Course

Remy’s Inspiration
aerated brioche, puffed cheese, grana tuile, goat cheese mousse, candied kumquats, grapefruit gel
2021 Apple Mead Cyser, Red Maple Vineyards, Hudson River Region, New York

Pastry Menu

Fifth Course

The North Star
caramelized honey ice cream, Earl Grey tea, black pepper, and orange shortbread
(GF/V/NF option available)

Sixth Course

Under the Oak Tree
chocolate pâte à choux log, pistachio crème, pomegranate ganache, airy sponge cake, meringue mushrooms, chocolate bark
(GF/V/NF option available)
late harvest wine


Chocolate Bonbons
vegan chai dark chocolate ganache, matcha white chocolate ganache

S’mores Kits
homemade graham crackers, cranberry pomegranate marshmallows, chocolate bars

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread (GF/V/NF)

Carrot Cake Bread (GF/V/NF)

Beverage Menu

Welcome Beverage

Pear Royale
sparkling wine, house pear liqueur


Golden Stag
Harvest Spirits Cornelius Applejack, Corey’s Sugar Shack Applejack Barrel-aged Maple Syrup, orange juice, lemon juice

gin, house blackberry liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice

Carnelian Nectar
Harvest Spirits John Henry Single Malt Whiskey, hibiscus tea, Damn Good Honey Wildflower Honey, lemon juice

Forbidden Fruit
bourbon, sparkling apple cider, ginger-infused apple butter, chai bitters

Primrose Spell
Harvest Spirits Raspberry Core Vodka, house orange liqueur, grapefruit juice, lime juice

Purple Rain
pea flower-infused gin, lavender syrup, lime juice, soda


Cactus Blossom
sparkling prickly pear limeade

Apple Essence
apple cider, ginger beer, cinnamon

Hot Beverages

Irish Hot Chocolate
house irish cream, hot chocolate, whipped cream, fresh nutmeg

regular and decaf

GF: Gluten Free | V: Vegan | NF: Nut Free
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated
**Menu and beverages subject to change based on availability**

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Have questions? Call 845-905-4374, messages are checked daily.

This event is presented by CIA bachelor’s degree students. These future stars in the hospitality industry are responsible for all of the evening’s planning and execution, from menu development to the overall ambiance and design of the event.