CIA Alumni Guest Chef Series

Unique Dining Experiences Celebrating the Renowned Chefs of CIA

The Culinary Institute of America has trained some of the most celebrated chefs in the world today. CIA at Copia is honoring these food innovators by inviting them to take over The Grove Restaurant. With menus created in collaboration with The Grove’s Chef de Cuisine Deborah Mullin ’99, these exciting multi-course dinner experiences highlight CIA graduates’ unique perspectives and boundless creativity.

Upcoming CIA Alumni Guest Chef Dinners

Sue Zemanick ’01

Sue Zemanick ’01

Saturday, March 2

Chef/Owner at Zasu; New Orleans, LA

Chef Zemanick is bringing a little taste of New Orleans to Copia. In her illustrious career, she’s earned accolades including Best Chef, South by the James Beard Foundation, Top Ten Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine, and has made multiple appearances on Top Chef as both a contestant and a judge.

$90 per person.

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Jennifer Jasinski ’89

Jennifer Jasinski ’89

Saturday, March 9

Chef/Owner at Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Stoic & Genuine, and Ultreia; Denver, CO

Alongside her mentor and role model, Wolfgang Puck, Chef Jasinski’s career has taken her coast to coast, and scores of places in between. Along with award-winning restaurants in Denver, she has been awarded James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef, Southwest and was a finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef.

$90 per person.

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Laura Ozyilmaz ’14

Laura Ozyilmaz ’14

Sunday, March 17

Co-Owner/Executive Chef at Dalida; San Francisco, CA

Laura Ozyilmaz is a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef this season! Originally from Mexico, Laura has worked at prestigious restaurants around the world. Now calling San Francisco home, Chef Ozyilmaz made a name for herself with Istanbul Modern SF and Noosh and now runs one of the hottest restaurants in the city, Dalida, in the Presidio National Park site.

$90 per person.

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Daniela Vergara ’16

Daniela Vergara ’16

Saturday, March 23

Executive Chef at Estiatorio Ornos; San Francisco, CA

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Chef Daniela Vergara has spent much of her career working with MINA Group, opening numerous restaurants, and is the youngest person to earn the executive chef title at MINA Group. Now at Estiatorio Ornos, her skills across a variety of cuisines inspires her creativity every day.

$90 per person.

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Dara Yu ’21

Dara Yu ’21

Saturday, March 30

Youngest-ever Winner of MasterChef

Dara Yu is a 22-year-old Los Angeles native with an impressive résumé. She was runner-up on MasterChef Junior at age 12 and, more recently, the youngest-ever winner of MasterChef. For all those who missed it (or who wished they could have been there), Chef Yu is reprising her winning menu from MasterChef for her evening’s takeover of The Grove Restaurant!

$90 per person.

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