Culinary Institute of America Opens Newest Campus, COPIA

The world’s premier culinary college has officially opened The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia in the City of Napa. Located in the heart of Napa’s bustling Oxbow district, CIA at Copia is the ultimate Downtown Napa destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine. Visitors and locals are welcome to attend engaging and delicious cooking and beverage classes in the state-of-the-art Vintners Theater, shop for the best in home goods at the new lifestyle store, delight in family-friendly events, dine in the new restaurant and much more.

 

Image Credit: COPIA

Image Credit: COPIA

At CIA at Copia, daily culinary demonstrations and wine tastings in the 72-seat Vintners Theater bring together acclaimed vintners, chefs, visiting scholars, educators, and food and wine leaders who shape the industry, for compelling and thought-provoking programs. Classes are taught by CIA instructors and expert guest lecturers, and feature seasonally-themed recipes ideal for recreating in the home kitchen.

The restaurant will be a destination for market-based, Mediterranean-inspired, California cuisine that pairs perfectly with Napa Valley wines and craft cocktails. Modern yet timeless, the restaurant’s design offers a sleek and comfortable setting. Inspired by those at Versailles, and reminiscent of the south of France or Northern Italy, the gardens at CIA at Copia are a source of seasonal produce for the restaurant.

Image Credit: COPIA, Victor M. Samuel

Image Credit: COPIA, Victor M. Samuel

Front-of-house and back-of-house roles are blended to create a new approach to service. An array of craveable, sharable dishes is offered tableside to guests during dinner, displayed on carts and trays by the cooks who created them. Guests are encouraged to take the dishes that appeal to them, and the cook marks their selection on their menu, meeting every cook in the kitchen in the process. The number of dishes the guest selects is tabulated at the conclusion of their dining experience. Wines by the glass will similarly be offered on a cart that travels throughout the restaurant, and guests are invited to taste as many as six wines before selecting one (or more) to enjoy. The restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner daily.

Whether it be kitchen tools or locally crafted home goods, gorgeous linens, or handy garden tools, shoppers need look no further than the shop at Copia. The ultimate culinary lifestyle store is the perfect place to find cookbooks by CIA faculty, alumni, and guest chefs, as well as artisanal food products, CIA branded items, and much more.

Image Credit: COPIA, Victor M. Samuel

Image Credit: COPIA, Victor M. Samuel

The Wine Hall of Fame and atrium wine tasting experience at CIA at Copia are anticipated to debut in the spring 2017, and the Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Collection and a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen both have planned openings in late summer 2017. Plan your culinary vacation in the City of Napa today and stay at one of the top-notch lodging properties, all within the city.

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