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


Wine Country Harvest Celebration with Dominic Orsini, CIA ’95

Wine Country Harvest Celebration with Dominic Orsini, CIA ’95

Hands-On Classes / Live Regional Music / VIP Dinner / Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 15–Sunday, October 16

We’re no strangers to wine country cuisine—and it’s the perfect region to explore as a harvest celebration. Get ready for two days centered on the wine, food, music, and more of the place that we call home, elevated to new heights by The CIA at Copia’s new executive chef, Dominic Orsini ’95, a wine and food pairing expert.

Take a hands-on food and wine pairing class with Dominic or take part in one of our beverage classes taught by CIA beverage experts. Join us for dinner in the Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum with a menu based on classic wine country fare. We’ll keep the fun going at a harvest celebration in our outdoor Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater with live music, local wineries, and food from our Live Fire Kitchen.

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    Preparing the Perfect Pairings with Dominic Orsini: Saturday, October 15 / 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Learn how to pair dishes with wines from a certified food and wine pairing expert in this hands-on class taught by CIA grad Dominic Orsini. You’ll work with seasonal ingredients from our culinary garden to explore how taste changes our palate’s perception of wine.

    When consuming wine and food together, our palate’s perception of the wine will indeed be disrupted by the acidity of the food it is paired with. The key is to manage the level of acidity in the food to maintain the acidic balance of the pairing—that’s what this class will focus on. You’ll explore complimentary and contrasting pairings, as well as breaking the old-world rules of pairing certain wine with certain foods.

    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 Dominic in the morning, and the VIP Dinner event in the evening. Limited tickets available!

    Price: $225   Get Tickets >

    Tour the North Coast in 10 Glasses: Wine Tasting Class: Saturday, October 15 / Noon–2 p.m.

    Join CIA beverage expert Traci Dutton on a tour of the North Coast in this wine tasting class. Explore the quintessential wines of the Redwood Empire, including wines from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin and Solano counties.

    As the crow flies, the North Coast American Viticultural Area is only about 100 miles long and 50 miles wide, but it encompasses some of the most elite, unique and downright incredible producers of wine in the world. We’ll taste prototypical examples from each of the six counties nestled in the AVA, including almost every style of wine possible, and learn why great wine has been made in this region since the gold rush.

    Must be 21+ to participate.

    Traci Dutton is a beverage, food and hospitality expert based in the Napa Valley. With over 35 years of experience as a sommelier, consumer and professional educator, writer and beverage specialist, she currently teaches at the Culinary Institute of America’s California Campus and the Napa Valley College.

    Add a VIP Dinner to your class experience by purchasing a bundle ticket and save! This ticket provides you access to the wine tasting class in the morning, and the VIP Dinner event in the evening. Limited tickets available!

    Price: $75   Get Tickets >

    A Crash Course in Crush: Wine Class: Saturday, October 15 / 3–5 p.m.

    Curious how wine gets from the vine to your glass? CIA beverage expert Traci Dutton explains it all in this crash course on wine making where you’ll take a deep dive into the process that brings us Napa Valley’s favorite beverage. Tastings included.

    The 2022 harvest is underway in Napa Valley! If you’re curious about what really happens in the vineyard and winery, this class will give you an insider’s peek into the world of growing grapes and making wine. Planting a vineyard, the life cycle of the vine, harvest, crushing, fermentation, and aging all require unique decisions that encourage specific characteristics in wine.

    Through guided tastings of wines made with different techniques, you’ll discover what all the action this time of year is about plus gain a deeper appreciation of the love and attention that goes into every bottle of wine you drink.

    Must be 21+ to participate.

    Traci Dutton is a beverage, food and hospitality expert based in the Napa Valley. With over 35 years of experience as a sommelier, consumer and professional educator, writer and beverage specialist, she currently teaches at the Culinary Institute of America’s California Campus and the Napa Valley College.

    Price: $65   Get Tickets >

    CIA at Copia Harvest Celebration Dinner: Saturday, October 15 / 6:30 p.m.

    Experience wine country cuisine the way it should be—fresh, seasonal, simple, and local—with the unique style of seasoned California chef, Dominic Orsini. Join us for a meal in the Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum that reflects the bounty of this season’s harvest and, of course, a selection of wines from Napa to celebrate.

    Menu:

    • Passed Hors d’Oeuvre: cherry tomatoes with charred corn blini and avocado; garden melon bruschetta with burrata and aged balsamic; Fuji apple skewers baked with cheddar and bacon
    • First Course: Chilean Sea Bass—preserved lemon and sorrel-hazelnut pesto
    • Second Course: Smoked Paprika Shrimp—kabocha pumpkin, cranberry beans, and crispy serrano ham
    • Third Course: Japanese A5 Wagyu New York Steak—charred Cipollini onions, mushrooms, Swiss chard bundles
    • Fourth Course: Fresh Fig and Frangipane Tart—caramel gelato

    Meat and seafood provided by The Seasoned Carte.

    Price: $150   Get Tickets >

    Wine Country Harvest Festival at Copia: Sunday, October 16 / 2 p.m.

    We’re hosting a harvest party, and you’re invited! Celebrate this year’s harvest at Copia with a variety of local wine and craft beer, live music from Voces Mexicana—a 12-piece mariachi band, and casual wood-fired food from our Live Fire Kitchen in our outdoor Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater. Each ticket includes two beverages and two food items. Come hang with us and meet our new executive chef, Dominic Orsini.

    Food features:

    • Wood Oven Pizza: wild mushroom pizza with roasted garlic crème fraîche and miso Caesar salad pizza with Little Gem lettuce and parmesan crisp
    • Wood Rotisserie Tacos: pollo en guajillo tacos with Spanish salsa verde and Rancho Gordo beans with huitlacoche
    • Concha ice cream sandwiches

    Price: $45 (includes two beverages and two food items)   Get Tickets >

    Looking to purchase tickets for a large group? Get 12 tickets for the price of 10 for the Harvest Festival. Email [email protected] to purchase your group tickets.
     
     
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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.

At the CIA, more than 90 percent of our students receive scholarships and other forms of financial aid . Your patronage helps support this important priority, ensuring students can realize their dreams of attending the world’s premier culinary college.