The Hudson Valley is privileged to have a great Culinary College in our midst with the Culinary Institute of America with its flagship campus in Hyde Park, New York. Have you ever been to one of the restaurants that is run by the students?

Perhaps you have been to another restaurant around the world where there are graduates working in the kitchens and the front of the house as well. Recently, the school received yet another honor.

Which magazine has placed the Culinary Institute of America on a high pedestal?

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The magazine, CEO World Magazine, has said that the Culinary Institute of America ranks #1 of their 5 ranked culinary schools. The Culinary began operations in 1946 and has grown to include four campuses in the United States, along with one in Singapore. If you are counting, there are 2 campuses in California, 1 in Texas, 1 in New York and then the campus in Singapore.

What types of programs can students get a degree in at the Culinary Institute of America?


Students can earn two-year, four-year, and graduate degrees, depending on their particular food and beverage focus.

The question that friends visiting from out-of-town usually ask me is if they can go to the campus to dine at one of the student-run restaurants. My response? Heck yeah, let's go. One tip, get yourself a reservation, which can be done online or via phone. I suggest calling to make the reservation, the operators are most helpful in making suggestions about which restaurant you and your guests might enjoy the most.

Are you a foodie? Here a few food festivals you might want to check out this year: 

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Food and Wine. Wine and Food. Yup, that is definitely an Upstate thing! Here are 12 great festivals to put on your road trip calendar for July and August this year. From corn to garlic, and from wine to craft breweries, the spotlight shines bright on Upstate New York's native food and beverage history this summer.

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Did You Know This?? 13 Upstate Food Favorites You Can't Buy Outside of New York State

Upstate New York is the home to many fantastic food favorites. Mention sponge candy to somebody 100 miles outside Buffalo and you are probably going to get a blank stare. Mention a Michigan hot dog to anybody not from around Plattsburgh. Same stare. So here is a list of 13 regional food icons that you cannot buy outside of the empire State.

I will add this asterisk. You certainly can buy some of these items online, like the Saratoga Peppermint Pigs. Perhaps the Stix and Sauce item is known by another name somewhere in the country. Salt potatoes may have gravitated elsewhere but if so nobody knows where they started. And Grandma Brown. Well, you can buy that sweet lady's baked beans on eBay. But for the most part you would have to walk into a store or restaurant in Upstate New York to enjoy these "regional" fan favorite foods.

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