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Eat without reservations at the Culinary

BY HVNEWS WEEKEND STAFF • WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MAY 4, 2016

 

Renovations were made to the lounge at The Culinary Institute of America’s award-wining American Bounty Restaurant to create The Tavern at American Bounty. It offers a new drop-in, casual dining experience for visitors to the local campus and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to closing.

No reservations are necessary and patrons are encouraged to enjoy drinks and tavern fare in a relaxed setting. Chefs Dwayne LiPuma, Jason Potanovich, and Pastry Chef Zack Miller have created an inventive menu that draws ingredients from local farmers and purveyors.

“The Tavern at American Bounty allows us to reach out to the community with a venue that encourages many repeat visits. At The Tavern, there is a sense of camaraderie and comfort,” says Waldy Malouf, the CIA’s senior director of food and beverage operations.

The Tavern menu includes items such as a Trio of Bar Snacks: Wasabi Peas, Roasted Chick Peas, and Smoked Spiced Nuts; a Hudson Valley Artisanal Cheese Plate; and Garlic Fries. Main dishes include Grilled Salmon Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette or Jim’s Chopped Salad with Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado (named in honor of James Beard, one of the pioneers of American cuisine). Among the sweet treats are Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Coconut Custard, and Dark Chocolate Ganache.

 The Tavern menu is offered from noon until 6:30 p.m. and the full American Bounty menu is available during regular restaurant lunch and dinner service times.

Additionally, The Tavern highlights the college’s tap beers by Head Brewer Hutch Kugeman and students at the new Brewery at the CIA in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery. Initial beers being served include the Cleaver IPA (6.7% abv)—A full-flavored India Pale Ale featuring loads of American hop flavor and aroma balanced by malty sweetness; Mise en Place Wit (4.6% abv)—A Belgian-style wheat beer brewed with orange peel and coriander; and the Hudson Summer Golden Ale (4.5% abv)—A light bodied beer with hints of citrus and pine.

Chef Malouf says the CIA takes beer and food pairings seriously, and he recommends trying these at The Tavern: IPA with the Double Cheddar Burger made from all-natural sirloin and served with Garlic Fries; Wit with Roasted Northern Atlantic Oysters; or Golden Ale with Jim’s Chopped Salad.

 

The Tavern at American Bounty is located at Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.

 

 

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