American Bounty: Celebrating Regional American Cuisines

A Summer Food and Culture Series at Copia

Forty years ago, the CIA opened American Bounty Restaurant in Hyde Park, NY, making a bold statement that American food was a cuisine deserving of both recognition and celebration.

To celebrate this important milestone, The CIA at Copia is proud to introduce American Bounty: Celebrating Regional American Cuisines, a new annual summer culinary experience. From September to October 2022, we celebrate the next generation of innovators who will continue to define and evolve American cuisine.

From the Mississippi Delta to the Southwest back to Wine Country for Harvest, enjoy regional foods, wines, and live music brought to you by renowned CIA alumni. Immerse yourselves in the distinctive tastes and sounds of America—from the bounty of the Napa Valley!

Upcoming Dates

The Mississippi Delta with Carlton McCoy, CIA ’06

The Mississippi Delta with Carlton McCoy, CIA ’06, Featuring the J.C. Smith Band

Hands-On Class / Screening / Q&A / Live Regional Music / VIP Dinner
Saturday, September 10

Carlton McCoy—managing partner at Lawrence Wine Estates, master sommelier, and host of Nomad with Carlton McCoy—joins us for a screening of episode six of his new hit CNN original series and Q&A with special guests. You’ll take a trip to the Mississippi Delta, where Carlton will explore his culinary roots and understand what makes modern Mississippi a vibrant home for many.

Following the screening, a VIP dinner will take place in the garden featuring Carlton’s regional southern favorites from the show and live blues music by the J.C. Smith Band. Plus, you can join Carlton for a hands-on cooking class to further explore the cuisine of the deep south.

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    Southern Home Cooking Secrets with Carlton McCoy: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Step into the kitchen for a special hands-on class taught by CIA grad Carlton McCoy. Everyone knows that grandma’s recipes are always the best and something you’ll never find in a cookbook. Here’s your opportunity to learn Carlton’s grandmother’s southern home cooking secrets through a variety of classic recipes and techniques that have been passed down through the generations.

    Add a screening and VIP Dinner to your class experience by purchasing a bundle ticket and save! This ticket provides you access to the hands-on class with Carlton in the morning, and the screening, Q&A, and VIP Dinner event in the evening.

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    Ten Timeless Cocktails from the New South Class: Noon–2 p.m.

    Join CIA beverage expert Traci Dutton as you sip your way through the history and technique of classic southern cocktails in this interactive tasting class. Must be 21+ to participate.

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    Screening and VIP Dinner: 5:30 p.m.

    Carlton will screen episode six of his CNN original series, Nomad with Carlton McCoy, exploring Mississippi. Q&A with special guests to follow. Then, join us for dinner in the garden with a menu featuring Carlton's favorite dishes from the show along with live blues music by the J.C. Smith Band.

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Southwestern Cuisine with Edgar Rico, CIA ’11

Southwestern Cuisine with Edgar Rico, CIA ’11, Featuring Latin Grammy Nominee Gabriel Navia

Hands-On Classes / Demonstration / Live Regional Music / VIP Dinner
Saturday, September 24–Sunday, September 25

Edgar Rico—2022 James Beard Award winner for Best Emerging Chef and owner/chef at Nixta Taqueria in Austin, TX—and co-owner Sara Mardanbigi join us for an adventure through the cuisine and culture of the southwest. We’re throwing a masa party and you’re invited!

Hailing from Austin, TX, Nixta is not a typical taquería. It treads a line between the super-traditional (they make their own masa and tortillas using heirloom corn from Mexico) and the unconventional (you don’t see many taquerias where duck confit stands in for carnitas). Edgar and Sara share their culture with others every day at Nixta through their food, and now they’re bringing it to Copia for a VIP dinner in the garden with live Latin music by Latin Grammy nominee Gabriel Navia. You’ll also have the chance to take a masterclass in masa with a hands-on class or special demonstration. Plus, learn about Texas wines, make your own tepache, and take a cocktail class.

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    Secrets of the Southwest with Edgar Rico and Sara Mardanbigi: Saturday, September 24 / 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Immerse yourself in the cuisine of the southwest with a hands-on cooking class taught by CIA grad Edgar and Nixta Taqueria co-owner Sara. In this class, you’ll learn how to take the traditional techniques of tostada and taco making and blend them with not-so-classic ingredients as you prepare best sellers from the Nixta Taqueria menu.

    Add a VIP Dinner to your class experience by purchasing a bundle ticket and save! This ticket provides you access to the hands-on class with Edgar and Carlton in the morning, and the VIP Dinner event in the evening.

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    Tequila Masterclass: Saturday, September 24 / Noon–2 p.m.

    Join CIA beverage expert Traci Dutton for this unique interactive tasting experience that will certainly change your thoughts on tequila. Plus, she’ll share her top-secret perfect margarita recipe!

    Add a VIP Dinner to your class experience by purchasing a bundle ticket and save! This ticket provides you access to the tequila masterclass with Traci in the morning, and the VIP Dinner event in the evening.

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    Tex-Mex Wines Class: Saturday, September 24 / 3–5 p.m.

    Join CIA beverage expert Traci Dutton for a special wine tasting class focused on wines from Texas and Mexico, from the bold wines of Hill Country to the best of Baja.

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    VIP Dinner—Nixta Taqueria Pachanga: Saturday, September 24 / 6:30 p.m.

    Chef Edgar and Sara share some of their favorite traditional dishes with us in a family-style meal you won’t want to miss. Live Latin music by Gabriel Navia completes the dining experience.

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    Masa Demonstration and Tasting: Sunday, September 25 / Noon

    Chef Edgar and special guest Jorge Gaviria—founder of Masienda, producer of heirloom masa harina, tortillas, and pura macha, and author of the upcoming book, Masa—will give a masterclass on masa, a main ingredient in Mexican cuisine, and its many uses. You’ll also explore making your own tepache and learn how you can use it to take your cocktails to the next level.

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Forty years ago on August 3, 1982, The Culinary Institute of America opened the doors to the American Bounty Restaurant in Hyde Park, NY, making a bold statement that American food was a cuisine deserving of both recognition and celebration. Along with a number of renowned chefs at that time—many of whom were CIA alumni, like Larry Forgione ’74 (“godfather of American cuisine”), Dean Fearing ’78, Susan Feniger ’77, and Jasper White ’76—American Bounty’s focus on regional and seasonal ingredients set the stage for what was to come.

The CIA at Copia is proud to commemorate 40 years of the American Bounty Restaurant as the training ground for countless chefs and leaders who would go on to galvanize the American cuisine movement—trailblazers who broke the rules and defied the notion that fine-dining was limited to European cuisine.