NEW: Gatehouse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is all about food, mostly for its students who come from across the country to learn how to cook. But now, the academy has opened a place for the public to enjoy the final results, with the new Gatehouse Restaurant.

Orchestrated by CIA faculty-led students, Gatehouse Restaurant is the showcase professional experience for CIA students who have completed two years of culinary, baking and pastry, hospitality and beverage management instruction at the school.

Serving pre-fixe meals Tuesday through Saturday, it does close for school holidays like spring break, but that’s just part of the natural, expected operation of a student-run restaurant.

Drawing from the academy’s on-site culinary garden, menus are seasonal and produce-centric, as three courses for $39 and four courses for $49. Here’s a mouthwatering sample:

Beginnings

Roasted Beet Tart
Skyhill goat cheese, tarragon aioli, pickled leeks

Quinoa and Mandarin Orange Salad
English peas, beets, avocado

Shaved Endive and Apple Salad
black walnut crusted Skyhill goat cheese

Duroc Pork Rillettes
marinated olives, buttermilk crackers

Delicate

Warm Sunchoke and Celery Root Soup
duck prosciutto, preserved lemon, Parmesan

Pan Fried Ricotta Gnudi
Mendocino mushrooms, green garlic, brown butter, aged balsamic

Whey Poached Spring Asparagus
poached farm egg, chicken confit, pancetta, hollandaise gratinee

Robust

Twelve Hour Braised Lamb Neck
kale, red cabbage, turnips, rosemary-mustard jus

Herb Crusted Mount Lassen Trout
Pacific bay shrimp, cranberry bean relish, champagne sauce

Baby Zucchini Risotto
arugula pesto, sweet peas, shaved radish

Seared Five Dot Ranch Strip Loin
cauliflower puree, pan fried parsley gnocchi, vintage port wine reduction

Sweets

Warm Oatmeal Cake
cinnamon whipped cream

Valrhona Chocolate Pot de Crème
brown butter chocolate chip cookies

Smoked Strawberry Gelee
vanilla panna cotta, white chocolate pearls

Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake
candied lemon, glass sugar

Details: 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, 707-967-2300, ciagatehouserestaurant.com.

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