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  • Gift Card FAQs

    Why should I register my Gift Card?
    Does my Gift Card expire?
    Will I be charged a fee if I don't use my card for a long time?
    I have a CIA Gift Certificate. Can I still use it?
    What denominations of Gift Cards are available?
    Do I have to spend the exact amount on my Gift Card?
    Can I check the balance on my Gift Card?
    Can I add more dollars to my Gift Card?
    What if I lose my Gift Card?
    How will my card be shipped?
    Do I have to buy my Gift Card online?
    What is the average price of a lunch or dinner in the CIA restaurants?
    How much do food enthusiast classes cost?
    How do I register for a food enthusiast class with my Gift Card?

    Why should I register my Gift Card?
    Registering your card ensures that if it is lost or stolen we can quickly replace it. Registering is fast and easy. Simply visit www.ciachef.edu/giftcards and click on Register Your Card.

    Does my Gift Card expire?
    CIA Gift Cards NEVER expire.

    Will I be charged a fee if I don't use my card for a long time?
    Use your card whenever you like. There are no fees charged for lack of use.

    I have a CIA Gift Certificate. Can I still use it?
    Absolutely! CIA Gift Certificates will continue to be honored whenever you present them. Certificates that have a balance of $50 or more remaining after use will be returned to the customer on a CIA Gift Card.

    What denominations of Gift Cards are available?
    CIA Gift Cards are available in any whole dollar amount from $20 to $3,000.

    Do I have to spend the exact amount on my Gift Card?
    No. Your card will be debited for the amount of your purchase and the unused balance will remain on the card. Should you spend more than the value on the card, it will be accepted as partial payment and cash or credit cards can be used to pay the outstanding balance.

    Can I check the balance on my Gift Card?
    Of course. You may check your balance as often as you like, simply by clicking on Check Card Balance. Or, just give us a call at 1-866-242-7787, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. PST.

    Can I add more dollars to my Gift Card?
    Yes, your gift card can be recharged at any time. You may add a minimum of $20 to a maximum of $3,000 to your card in whole dollar increments. To recharge your card, visit www.ciachef.edu/giftcards and click on Recharge Your Card, call 1-866-242-7787, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. PST, or stop by the Hospitality Office or any of our five restaurants at our Hyde Park, NY campus.

    What if I lose my card?
    If you have registered your Gift Card we can easily replace it at its value at the time the loss is reported. Simply call 1-866-242-7787, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. PST and a representative will assist you.

    How will my Gift Card be shipped?
    Your gift card will be shipped in a simple, ivory-colored envelope. When you order it, you will be given shipping options. You can have the card sent to the address of your choice.

    Do I have to buy my Gift Card online?
    Gift cards may be purchased online or by calling 1-866-242-7787, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. PST, or when you visit the Hospitality Office or any of our five restaurants at our Hyde Park, NY campus, or at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant or Spice Islands Marketplace at our St. Helena, CA campus, or at the CIA Bakery Café at our San Antonio, TX campus.

    What is the average price of a lunch or dinner in the CIA restaurants?
    Lunch for two: between $50–$100.
    Dinner for two: between $100–$175.
    For further details, please visit our restaurant pages for sample menus and pricing.

    How much do food enthusiast classes cost?

    Boot Camps

    • 5-day programs: $2,195
    • 4-day programs: $1,750
    • 3-day programs: $1,325
    • 2-day programs: $895

    Custom Sophisticated Palate (6–12 participants)

    • 1-day:
      • $3,600 (based on a minimum 6 participants, $600 per person)
      • $7,200 (based on a maximum of 12 participants)
    • 2-day:
      • $7,200 (based on a minimum 6 participants, $1,200 per person)
      • $14,400 (based on a maximum of 12 participants)

    Weekends at the CIA

    • Taste of CIA Cookbook classes: $250–$325
    • CIA Samplings: $95
    • Wine Explorations (NY): $125–$250
    • Wine Explorations (CA): $95

    How do I register for a food enthusiast class with my Gift Card?
    To register for a food enthusiast or professional development class using a CIA Gift Card, please enroll online or call 1-800-888-7850.

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