CIA Bakery Cafe Returns to the Pearl for a Limited Time
The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio is excited to announce the return of the popular CIA Bakery Cafe to Pearl on Monday, February 13. For nine weeks, the pop-up café will offer a variety of signature sweet and savory bakery items in addition to new creations, specialty coffee and tea, and daily aguas frescas every weekday through April 12.
The café’s menu will rotate continually during the nine weeks, and will feature house-made soups, salads, sandwiches, and lunch specials. In addition to savory items, the menu will feature a daily selection of house-made pastries, bagels, breakfast breads, cookies, breads, and desserts. Favorite dishes from years past will also make a comeback to the café, including the Chocolate XS Cake, Opera, Alfajores, and White Chocolate Banana Tarts, along with the return of the “Best Breakfast Sandwich Ever” and a reincarnation of the House-Cured Bacon Mac and Cheese. New items for this year’s pop-up include Chocolate Truffles and select healthy items.
“Working at CIA Bakery Cafe gives our students the opportunity to think critically about their work, and shows them how to apply concepts they’ve learned in class to the real world,” says Chef Alain Dubernard, department chair for baking and pastry arts.
The pop-up Bakery Café was conceived to invoke a uniquely exciting dining experience while giving students familiarity with the daily operations of a bakery. It is a capstone course for CIA baking and pastry arts majors graduating in April with their AAS degrees. Students will work in both the front and back of house at the café under the direction of Chef Dubernard, Chef Patrick Clark, and Instructor Amandy Carranza.
CIA Bakery Cafe will be open Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and offers both patio and interior seating. CIA Bakery Café is located at Pearl at 312 Pearl Parkway, Suite 2102, with the entrance located off Karnes Street, in San Antonio, TX. For more information and updates, please visit www.facebook.com/ciabakerycafe.