Student dining at The Culinary Institute of America is much more than a typical college meal plan. It's an important part of the campus culture at the CIA, fostering community and teamwork by preparing and sharing meals together. Most important, student dining is a vital part of a CIA education, both for those students preparing the meals and those partaking in them. The college's unique dining program is driven by the curriculum and provides the campus population with a vast array of menu options each class day.
By taking advantage of their instructional day meals (see Meals—Board for more information), students educate their palates and expand their exposure to a variety of cuisines, foods, ingredients, and cooking methods. Enjoying student-prepared meals also serves to support the efforts of classmates in achieving their educational goals. Through the dining program, students learn valuable real-world skills such as preparing mise en place, building speed and timing in the kitchen, and plating for service.
Understanding that some students may have medical restrictions—including food allergies and sensitivities—that affect their diet, the college's Disability Services staff is available to assist in addressing these limitations as they apply to the technical requirements of the curriculum. Students must provide medical documentation of their dietary restriction to necessary staff members. For information about reasonable accommodations for class assignments, product handling, and/or student dining options as related to medical dietary restrictions, please contact the Disability Services Department on your campus.