Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America

What Sort of Party Can You Imagine If You Had Your Own Personal Party Planner, Chef and Sommelier?

Add a spectacular, vineyard-view dining terrace (in season), and impeccable, yet relaxed attention to every detail—with CIA culinary excellence and hospitality ever-present—and you’ll have a unique gathering remembered for years to come.

Unique is the word that perfectly describes a group event at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant. There’s the customized, memento menus for each guest. And there’s the special synthesis between our party planner Peter Triolio, Executive Chef Bill Huebel, and our dedicated wine professionals in working with each host to tailor a meal that perfectly fits the occasion—reflecting the season, the celebration, and the tastes of each client.

“Because our dining spaces are always active with chefs at work in view of diners, a party in our restaurant feels like bringing guests into your home, in a big, open kitchen with family friends—cooking, eating, and sipping on wine, enjoying one another while doing things you love to do. Each group comes with its own energy and because they are fully a part of the main dining room and terrace, these two dynamics play very well off each other. In other words, there’s no stark, separate, “banquet” room to dampen the celebratory mood.

And then there’s the menu. Hosts can get involved as much or as little as possible. Meals can be served family-style, with choices for each course, or with a set menu. Far from the “choose one item from column A and one from column B” approach to group parties, our chef, wine professionals, and party planner work together with the host on each menu to select just the right course with just the right wine. Multiple courses of complex, well-thought-out foods move from the kitchen to the table effortlessly. Each plate is crafted with the same care as if it were being served to a table of one.”

Your guests are made welcome with everything at the ready: personalized menus set at each place setting, wine available, something to nibble on and tease the waiting appetite. Your party becomes part of the extended Greystone experience, learning something new about food and wine from our staff and students, taking away with them the spirit of enthusiasm and education that is the hallmark of the CIA.

If you’re looking for a memorable meal for groups of between 14 and 36, please contact our reservations office at 707-967-2370 or We can work with guests on dietary restrictions and to coordinate those extra special touches such as flowers, specialty cakes, and even party favors from our campus store.

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