A night on Bourbon Street, CIA Student Charity Event, March 23, 2019 at 6 p.m.
The senior class of the Food Business Management program at The Culinary Institute of America is proud to present the fun and festive Mardi Gras-themed benefit dinner, Night on Bourbon Street, on March 23rd. This event will feature mouthwatering Cajun dishes, delightful desserts, and jazz music from The Swing Vipers that will bring joy to your ears. The event will begin with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvre and New Orleans-inspired cocktails. Cocktail hour will then be followed by an all-inclusive four-course dinner with an elegant twist on classic Cajun food. Event attendees are encouraged to participate in a silent auction where proceeds will benefit the Side Towel Scholarship at The CIA and Abilities First.

This capstone event allows the students to put everything they have learned over the course of four years of their CIA education into a real life situation, providing guests with the very best experience. Not only did planning this event offer them practice, but it also gave them an opportunity to help their fellow classmates through a scholarship at the college, and to support the local community.

These CIA students are taking all of their learned knowledge and applying it to a charity event their final senior project.

  • Abilities First has a mission to provide people with disabilities and their families support to attain independence, self-determination, and integration.
  • CIA Side Towel Scholarship was established by CIA faculty member David McCue to provide students, regardless of academic standing, a resource to assist in financially tough times.

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Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Reception: Cocktail hour at 6 p.m. in Farquharson Hall, dinner begins at 7 p.m. in Farquharson Hall
Location: The Culinary Institute of America, Route 9, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Dress Code: Semi-formal
Entertainment: Live music provided by The Swing Vipers.
Price: $95 per person, includes the reception, four-course dinner, all beverages, tax, and service. A portion is tax-deductible.
Please note: This event is limited to 150 guests and CIA gift cards/certificates 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 845-905-4373.
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.

MenuGuests of CIA student-run charity events are in for an exceptional evening of food, fun, and entertainment.


Specialty Cocktails
Welcome Drink: Cidre Cherry Pom Pomme**
Fleur Collins Cocktail
Mardi Gras Jell-O Shots
**Available as Mocktails

Passed Hors d’Oeuvre
Boudin Balls
Mini Fried Oyster Po’ Boys
Shrimp & Grits
Vegetable Skewers*
Vegetables & Grits*
Black-Eyed Pea Fritters*

Assorted Pickled Vegetables*
Assorted Cured Sausages & Pâtés 
Cornbread with Honey Butter


Paired with Wine

First Course

Composed Watermelon Salad*
Watermelon, goat cheese, spiced pecans, maple bourbon vinaigrette 

Second Course

Blackened Fish
Cajun-blackened fish, with a creamy corn maque choux & Cajun hash

Vegetarian Alternative*
Cajun-blackened Tempeh with a creamy corn maque choux & Cajun hash

Third Course

Gumbo topped with Stuffed Quail
Chicken & sausage gumbo topped with a dirty rice-stuffed quail

Vegetarian Alternative* 
Vegan Gumbo topped with Cajun-roasted eggplant


New Orleans Trio*
Mini Beignets, Bananas Foster Verrine, and Pavlova with Lemon Custard Filling

Pâté de Fruit
Pecan Pralines

Sweet Takeaway
Mini King Cakes

*Vegan & Allergen-Free Option Available

**Menu and beverages subject to change based on availability**

This event has sold out. For questions about the event or to be added to the wait list, please call 845-905-4373.

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