Conversations at Copia

Hosted by Andrew Zimmern

Conversations at Copia is a live talk series that brings together the pioneers of constructive disruption within the worlds of food, beverage, and hospitality to share their stories of positive change.

The Culinary Institute of American has been involved in leading important transformations in the food industry. Now, we’ve partnered with four-time James Beard award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher, and social justice advocate Andrew Zimmern, to bring these conversations to you because food touches every part of our lives—our culture, our future, our planet.

Each event starts with an intimate cocktail reception with Andrew Zimmern and his all-star panel of guests followed by thought-provoking discussions, where you are part of the conversation.

This is your opportunity to join the conversation and take part in a movement transforming the culinary industry and in our communities.

Upcoming Conversations

Food for Good

Saturday, October 26, 2019
How can we expand access to food and reduce waste?
Having the power to change any aspect of our food system sounds like a lot to take on. But what if even the simplest action could cause a revolution? As our world changes, we are forced to consider possibilities we may not have otherwise in order to break down systemic barriers and create new and lasting solutions. These imaginative pioneers are rewriting the rules within our food system to provide vital pathways for access. Leaders of these changes are creating new ways to serve those in need, provide disaster relief, and fight against food waste.

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Setting the Equity Table

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Where is social change in the food and beverage industry coming from?
How have we come to celebrate the globalization of cuisine without creating equal opportunities for individuals at the same time? Leaders of the restaurant world are turning good intentions into concrete action as they use the power of food as a tool for social change and advancing hospitality.

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Andrew Zimmern
About Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern is a four-time James Beard award-winning TV personality, chef, writer, teacher and social justice advocate. As the creator, executive producer and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, The Zimmern List, and Food Network’s Big Food Truck Tip, he has explored cultures in more than 170 countries, promoting impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. He has written four books, is a contributor at Food & Wine Magazine and an entrepreneur-in-residence at Babson College. Andrew is the founder and CEO of both Intuitive Content, a full-service television and digital production company, and Passport Hospitality, a restaurant and foodservice development company. He is devoted to his charitable endeavors and sits on the board of directors for Services for the UnderServed, Soigne Hospitality, and Taste of the NFL. His life’s work is exploring and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance, and understanding through food. More at


The Andrew Zimmern Second Chances Scholarship at the CIA

The Andrew Zimmern Second Chances Scholarship at the CIA was created to support students overcoming hardships on their path to a CIA degree and a successful culinary career. The fund hopes to increase college access for motivated students working through obstacles that would otherwise hinder their desire of pursuing an education in the culinary arts.

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