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Indoor Event Space
Outdoor Event Space
Outdoor - Covered
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Up to 250
Ballroom, Brewery & Distillery, Garden, Historic Venue, Restaurant, Trees
Venue Service Offerings
Bar & Drinks, Cakes & Desserts, Cupcakes, Other Desserts, Food & Catering, Planning, Rentals & Equipment, Service Staff
Culinary Institute of America Reviews
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Reviewed On 10/20/2018 by Kathy S
I cannot find the words to express how perfect a venue this was for our wedding! Or how perfect their event coordinator was and is - the one Mr. Jason Lowenthal. Oh, and Chef Mike Smith and the staff and students. The event was fun to plan w...
ith Jason and breathtaking in its execution. I kid you not, I am welling up writing this review. It was the perfect wedding.
I was a 51 year old bride and a confirmed foodie. I wanted the event to be one our guests remembered always for the food. "Food everywhere" was the theme. It really was "Amazing food and drinks everywhere - all the time"! Our guests continue to let us know it was the most beautiful and fun wedding they'd ever attended.... oh, and that they're still full!
We had our cocktail reception (pre-ceremony) on Anton Plaza. With the beautiful flowers and herbs that the CIA always has in place - and the amazing fountain in the center of the plaza. We put out tables and had a local harvest table and passed appetizers and an open bar. The ceremony was off to the side of the plaze on the grass with the stunning vines and fountain behind my husband and me.
We'd met with Jason and Chef Smith and worked with them on the menu. They were incredible to work with and with every idea, they upped the game. We had a welcome reception at "The Egg" right there on the Hudson and had a separate menu for that, which included passed appetizers, pizza, and local beer (they have a brewery on site) and local area wine. Boy, did we have fun! Highly recommend doing this!!
The wedding started for the guests at the cocktail reception, moved only momentarily to the ceremony and then we moved into the spectacular Farquarson Hall for the reception. The CIA had been a monastery in the past and Farq Hall had been a chapel (looks more like a cathedral). Transformed into a wedding event, it was breathtaking. I cannot describe the beauty.
We worked with Chef Smith and Jason to have 2 specialty drinks, a "spectacular" raw bar and a street food station - all before the family style dinner of rib eye and chilean sea bass with all the perfect sides. We had a dessert station with 3 of the CIA's mini cakes, cannolis, cookies, mini apple pies and more. And then.... the DONUT WALL with a sundae bar! Oh. My. Goodness. After the wedding #foodcoma was trending.
Everything was PERFECTLY prepared. My brother went the following week to an event in Florida and texted me that I (or more accurately, the CIA) had ruined him forever as nothing he would eat would live up to the quality and preparation of the food we had at the wedding.
Jason, Chef Smith and others at the CIA were incredibly easy to work with and just so much fun too! They were open to any and all ideas and, as the bride, I felt so special any time we talked and obviously, on my wedding day. Jason not only coordinated and choreographed perfectly this massive event, but he himself doted on me the entire day. I never had to go to the bar or get food. He was always there with a glass, a plate or a "what else do you need?" I adore this man. I plan to drive out there just to see him and finally have a meal with him!
My husband was equally impressed and we both say that we could not have found a more perfect venue for our day.
I cannot recommend this venue enough. Call Jason and experience the magic and quality of the Culinary Institute of America in New York! They can do anything.
Reviewed On 5/10/2010 by Caitlin C
So unique! The CIA just built a new courtyard which was used for our cocktail hour...gorgeous!