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The Culinary Institute of America's special collection of nearly 30,000 menus includes menus from CIA restaurants, along with gifts from major menu collectors, including George Lang, Chapman S. Root, Vinnie Oakes, Roy Andries de Groot, and the Smiley family of Mohonk Mountain House.  Assembled over decades, the collection illustrates the history of dining in America and abroad, with menus from all of the states and over 100 countries, as well as ships, railroads and airlines.

 

This inaugural selection of digitized menus represents menus from CIA restaurants and CIA events from the 1960s to 2000s; and historical menus from around the world.  All of the dishes on the menus are searchable by keyword (use the search box from this page).

 

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 library@culinary.edu.

 

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Browse all menus

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 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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