Secrets of the CIA
No, no — it’s not that CIA we’re talking about. Still, we’re pretty sure you’ll find the inside scoop on the Culinary Institute of America to be just as intriguing
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Almost everyone knows that one of the world’s premier culinary colleges sits on a hill overlooking the Hudson somewhere north of Poughkeepsie. And almost everyone knows that if you want to impress your sweetie with a one-of-a-kind meal to mark a special occasion, you make a reservation at one of the five student-run restaurants there. But there are plenty of other things about the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park that may come as a surprise to you. In addition, there are many things to see and do on campus besides sampling world-class fare. From the fact that the imposing castle-style building used to be a Jesuit seminary, to the institution’s strong links to the military, to the biggest rumor of all: that you need to make reservations months in advance to eat at one of the five restaurants on campus (not true!), read on to discover what life is really like — for students and visitors — at the Culinary Institute of America.
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