Verdant: The Garden Gala, CIA Student Charity Event, July 9, 2022

The Culinary Institute of America’s senior class invites you to embrace the balmy breeze and bounty of the summer season at Verdant: The Garden Gala. Celebrate the beauty of art and nature with the breathtaking views of the Hudson River and partake in specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvre during the cocktail hour on Anton Plaza. Then head inside to our gorgeous garden and enjoy a seven-course dinner, featuring local and seasonal ingredients. The event also includes a silent auction and raffle.

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 Sparrow’s Nest, a local non-profit organization dedicated to cooking and delivering homemade meals to families struggling through a cancer diagnosis.

In addition to the students’ charity of choice, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Love for Lade Perry Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Omolade “Lade,” Perry, a 16-year U.S. Navy veteran and bachelor’s student at the CIA, who passed away in April.
Charity: Sparrow’s Nest.
Scholarship: Love for Lade Perry Memorial Scholarship.
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022.
Time: Cocktail hour will begin at 4:15 p.m. on Anton Plaza, followed by dinner in Farquharson Hall.
Location: The Culinary Institute of America, 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
Dress Code: Formal (think: Met Gala, with a garden twist).
Entertainment: Live music.
Price: $140 per person, includes the reception, seven-course dinner, all beverages, tax, and service.
Additional Notes: This event is limited to 104 guests. CIA gift cards are not redeemable at this event. Allergens and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please specify on reservation form.

This event has sold out. For questions or to be added to the waitlist, please call 845-905-4372.



Savory Menu

Mushroom Tartelette, Lemon Gel, Parsley Caviar

Goat Cheese, Filled Date, Stone Fruit, Balsamic Glaze

Harissa, Salmon Tartare Blinis, Dill Crème Fraiche

Squash Blossom, Corn Taco

Summer Melon Salad, Heirloom Tomatoes

Corn, Artichoke Agnolotti

Striped Sea Bass, Peas Three Ways

Honey Za’atar Duck

Pastry Menu

Sourdough Bread
Milk Bread
Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Butter

First Course/Pre Dessert

Celery Sorbet
white chocolate soil, micro basil

Second Course

Pea Shoot Infused Mascarpone Mousse
coriander meringue, strawberry pea shoot sorbet, mascarpone crumble

Third Course

Blueberry Elderflower Ganache
blueberry compote, elderflower crumble, goat milk foam


Honey Infused with Lavender

Petit Fours
peach and thyme marshmallow

cassis and nasturtium pate de fruit raspberry rhubarb dark chocolate bonbon

Beverage Menu

Gold Fashioned
smoked old fashioned

Le Verdant
kiwi mojitio

Fraise Épicée
strawberry margarita with spice

Turning Heads
sunset lemonade gin mule

“I’m Sexy and I Grow It”
peach raspberry mocktail

Wine, Beer, and Cider

A variety of local wine, beer, and cider will be made available through dinner and cocktail hour.

Coffee and Tea

Earl Gray

Waters During Cocktail Hour

Cucumber Lemon
Hibiscus with Raspberry

**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 845-905-4372.
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. Read the CIA blog for more about CIA senior student fundraising >