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.
- 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.
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.
Welcome Drink: Cidre Cherry Pom Pomme**
Fleur Collins Cocktail
Mardi Gras Jell-O Shots
**Available as Mocktails
Passed Hors d’Oeuvre
Mini Fried Oyster Po’ Boys
Shrimp & Grits
Vegetables & Grits*
Black-Eyed Pea Fritters*
Assorted Pickled Vegetables*
Assorted Cured Sausages & Pâtés
Cornbread with Honey Butter
Paired with Wine
Composed Watermelon Salad*
Watermelon, goat cheese, spiced pecans, maple bourbon vinaigrette
Cajun-blackened fish, with a creamy corn maque choux & Cajun hash
Cajun-blackened Tempeh with a creamy corn maque choux & Cajun hash
Gumbo topped with Stuffed Quail
Chicken & sausage gumbo topped with a dirty rice-stuffed quail
Vegan Gumbo topped with Cajun-roasted eggplant
New Orleans Trio*
Mini Beignets, Bananas Foster Verrine, and Pavlova with Lemon Custard Filling
Pâté de Fruit
Mini King Cakes
*Vegan & Allergen-Free Option Available
**Menu and beverages subject to change based on availability**
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