The Bakery Café by illy at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Photography by Matthew Brandalise
The sweet smell of success wafts through the air at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone. It is the smell of fresh baked breads, cookies, pastries and gourmet coffees being made by baking and pastry arts degree students and faculty in the college’s new Bakery Café by illy. The new cafe offers morning pastries and a lunch menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, and a variety of beverages including illy specialty coffee drinks. The Bakery Café by illy is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and their full menu is available for takeout for a wine country picnic or a working lunch. Guests may also enjoy their meal in the café’s casual dining area with complimentary Wi-Fi.
The Bakery Café by illy is an integral part of the CIA at Greystone’s baking and pastry degree program, and has been made possible thanks to the generous support of illycaffè, a global leader in premium specialty coffee. As the world’s premier not-for-profit culinary college, CIA is grateful for the support of leading companies like illy who embrace their mission to provide the best culinary education to the students. The new Bakery Café by illy enables these young talents to apply their professional skills in a fully operational setting while they continue to learn about subjects like service, management, and—of course—coffee – and everyone is welcome experience and taste it.
While working in the Bakery Café by illy, students will also learn about coffee, from the history and cultivation, to current economics and preparation techniques. In addition, illy and the CIA will develop educational programs for professionals and consumers based on the education illy has provided for the last 25 years to its coffee-growing partners and to hotels, restaurants and cafes around the world. Future coffee education classes tailored to the consummate professional include a two-day “Coffee Expert” course and a series of Barista Certification courses. CIA’s weekend food enthusiasts courses will offer “Coffee Aficionado” and “Master Barista Series” classes led by illy’s Master Barista, Giorgio Milos. This new partnership with the CIA allows chefs, students, and consumers the chance to get a world-class coffee education from two leaders in food and beverage education.
“Partnering with the CIA allows illy the opportunity to reach the most dedicated and engaged students in the world, and further expand our education platform which is at the core of our brand. Together, illy and CIA will offer a premier training experience for culinary professionals and coffee lovers alike,” stated Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO of illycaffè.
Incidentally, we had the pleasure of meeting CIA’s Chef John Difilippo at the recently-concluded SF Chefs where he was part of the illy explorigins culinary team – together with Master Barista Giorgio Milos, Chef Difilippo prepared a decadent chocolate dessert which included the MonoArabica roast.
Check out the recipes below:
4c Brewed coffee. Illy blend
1 c Chocolate gelato
1 c Ice
1 tsp Organic honey
½ tsp Monin Jasmine syrup
For the Preparation
In a blender combine all ingredients and blend at high speed for 15 seconds or until smooth.
For the Service
Pour in martini glass or preferred serving glass and enjoy!
- Cocoa butter 40 g
- Milk chocolate 40 g
- Praline paste 375 g
- Feuillentine 185 g
1. Melt cocoa butter and chocolate to 113°F. Stir in the praline paste, then the feuillentine. Spread into a halfsheet frame and chill to set.
- Chocolate 100 g
- Cream 100 g
- Glucose 10 g
2. Chop chocolate very fine. Combine cream and glucose and bring to a boil. Cool to 170°F and pour over the chopped chocolate. Stir gently to emulsify. Spread over chilled crunchy layer
Marjolaine cake layer
- Hazelnuts, blanched and roasted 128 g
- Almonds, blanched and roasted 128 g
- All-purpose flour 20 g
- Sugar 50 g
- Egg whites 128 g
- Sugar 100 g
3. Grind roasted nuts with flour and the 50g sugar to a fine powder.
4. Whisk egg whites and sift in the remaining sugar. Beat to a firm meringue. Fold in the roasted nut mixture.
5. Spread the batter onto a half sheetpan lined with a Silpat mat. Bake at 375°F, about 8 minutes. Cool and fit into the ring.
Dried cherry marmalade
- Water 250 ml
- Sugar 50 g
- Kirsch 50 g
- Dried cherries 200 g
6. Combine water and sugar and bring to a boil. Add the kirsch, then the dried cherries. Poach gently until cherries are tender. Strain liquid and reserve. Cool cherries and pulse in a food processor, adding reserved liquid as necessary to achieve proper texture. Spread in an even layer over the cake.
- Chocolate 305 g
- MonoArabica Brazil brewed coffee 85 g
- Egg yolks 140 g
- Sugar 165 g
- Egg whites 210 g
- Sugar 30 g
7. Melt chocolate and coffee together
8. Beat egg yolks with 1st measure of sugar. Fold into chocolate
9. Beat egg whites with 2nd measurement of sugar. Fold into chocolate
10. Scrape onto half sheet pan lined with a silpat mat, bake at 325°F, 10-12 minutes. Turn off oven and leave door ajar. Remove pan after 10 minutes. Freeze the cake thoroughly, then fit into pan. Brush cake with a mixture of MonoArabica coffee and simple syrup to lightly moisten the cake.
- Bitter chocolate, 70% 150 g
- Milk chocolate 60 g
- Sugar 75 g
- Egg yolks 90 g
- Brandy 20 g
- Gelatin sheets, bloomed 1 ½ ea.
- MonoArabica Brazil brewed coffee 20 g
- Cream, whipped 370 ml
11. Melt the chocolates over warm water.
12. Combine egg yolks with sugar and brandy and whisk over simmering water until very thick and pale. Remove from the heat and whisk until cold.
13. Dissolve bloomed gelatin sheets in warm coffee and temper into the egg yolks. Stir in the warm chocolate, then the whipped cream. Spread into an even layer and chill.
- Chocolate 300 g
- Cream 300 g
- Glucose 30 g
14. Make ganache as in step #2. Spread evenly over chilled mousse. Chill to set.
For more information about the Bakery Café by illy, please visit their website.