Sweeter in the South – Southern Hospitality in the Hudson Valley

Sweeter in the South is the first of two charity events hosted by the senior class of The Culinary Institute of America this fall. The night will kick off at 6 p.m. on October 20, with a cocktail hour, passed hors d’oeuvre, and silent auction. Following the reception will be a four-course meal accompanied by live music provide by the 20-piece jazz orchestra “The Big Band Sound.” All proceeds from the evening will benefit Miles of Hope, that helps those in the Hudson Valley who are diagnosed with breast cancer, and the CIA Side Towel Scholarship that helps deserving CIA students.

This event gives the students the chance to plan and execute a charity event to bring together all aspects of their education. The students will be showcasing their talents including culinary, baking, service, beverage, finance, and marketing. Hospitality is the core of our education, and the south does it best. The evening will be filled with soul-warming food, inviting music, and paired drinks that showcase each student in our senior class.  

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Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Reception: Cocktail hour at 6 p.m. in Farquharson Hall, dinner begins at 7:15 p.m. in Farquharson Hall
Location: The Culinary Institute of America, Route 9, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Dress Code: Upscale Casual, dress to impress
Entertainment: Live music provided by The Big Band Sound, a 20-piece jazz orchestra.
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 110 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, Beer, Wine

Passed Hors d’Oeuvre
Dill Pickle Brined Chicken with Dill Ranch Sauce
Grilled Okra w/ Peach Habanero BBQ Sauce (Vegan) 
Bibb Lettuce Dirty Rice Cups with Bacon & Chicken Livers 
Sweet Corn Fritter w/ Cajun Aioli 


Paired Wine Service


Grilled Peach and Frisee Salad, Lemon Vinaigrette and Whipped Pimento Cheese

First Course

Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts over Steamed Farro with Spiced Pumpkin Puree (Vegan)

Second Course

Braised and Smoked Pork Osso Buco with Sweet Potato Medallion, Braised Kale and Pork Jus
Vegan Alternative:
Grilled Tempeh Ribs with Peach Habanero BBQ Sauce, Sweet Potato Medallion, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Sweet Potato Chess Pie with Ginger Streusel, Honey Bourbon Pâte de Fruit, and Brown Sugar Meringue
(Can be made gluten-free)
Vegan Alternative
Hummingbird Cake with Banana, Pineapple, Pecans, and a Pineapple Compote

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

This event has sold out. For questions about the event please call 845-905-4373.


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