This selection of menus from The Culinary Institute of America Menu Collection features historical menus that are relevant to the Hudson Valley region, including menus from CIA restaurants, from restaurants and hotels in New York State and New York City, and from the Smiley Family Menu Collection.
The CIA menus are part of the CIA Archives and Special Collections, housed in the Conrad N. Hilton Library. Anyone interested in learning more about the collection or locating specific menus should contact the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about the CIA Menu Collection.
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Browse the entire selection of digitized menus from the CIA's collection.
Browse CIA restaurant and event menus
Browse menus from the CIA's restaurants (in 1973, the CIA opened its first restaurant, The Epicurean Room) and events held at or hosted by the CIA (from as early as 1961 when the college was in New Haven, CT).
Browse historical menus
Browse historical menus from around the world, including a menu from The Clifton House in Niagara Falls, July 4, 1855. A highlight of the CIA menu collection is a menu signed by Auguste Escoffier, from The Carlton in London, 1909.
Browse New York Central Railroad menus
Browse the Smiley Family Menu Collection
The Smiley family of Mohonk Mountain House donated over 900 menus from their personal menu collection to the CIA in 1982 and 1993. This collection is rich in pre-1920 menus and beautifully-illustrated ship menus. Also included is a selection of menus from Mohonk Mountain House.
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