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August 2019

Date: August 24 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

CIA Skills: Brunch (Hands-on Class)

Everyone loves brunchtime—comforting, irresistible dishes enjoyed at a leisurely pace with friends and family! Join us for a hands-on cooking class that explores trendy brunch foods, tips for hosting midday meals, and the techniques you need to know to take your spread to a whole new level. Whether you’re hankering for fuss-free bites, or a new, indulgent take on a classic, let us inspire you with our favorite recipes to enjoy around your brunch table at home. Register Now >

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Date: August 24 @ 4:00 pm7:00 pm

Mastering Mole with Mercadito Food Truck (Hands-on Class)

Join Chef Valentin Atayde from the Mercadito Food Truck, as he explores the cultural and regional influences of moles, including how to prepare these delicious meals for your family at home. Come learn the techniques and tips from chef–and discover the flavors and aromas that have made this a popular national dish in Mexico. At the end of class, you’ll enjoy a family-style meal along with paired wines together. Register Now >

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Date: August 25 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

Southeast Asian Cuisine with John Ash (Hands-on Class)

Join Chef John Ash, two-time James Beard award-winning author, teacher, and restaurateur, as he explores the delicious and diverse cuisine of Southeast Asia. In this hands-on class, you’ll taste new ingredients, learn essential cooking techniques, and learn about the flavors derived from this ever-popular cuisine. Example recipes include Thai Crab and Green Mango Salad, Shrimp Salad Rolls with Spicy Dipping Sauce, Spicy Sesame Noodles, and Lychee Sorbet with Fresh Fruits. Register Now >

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Date: August 29 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Meal Prep 101 (Hands-on Class)

How can you spend less time prepping your food and more time enjoying it? Our chefs will share their expert tips in the kitchen, so you can learn how to make meal prep easier and quicker at home. Join us for a two-hour, hands-on course that focuses on basic cooking fundamentals and menu planning techniques for creating simple, delicious meals using fresh and flavorful ingredients. Start having more fun meal prepping today! There is no meal included during class, but…

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Date: August 30 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

CIA Skills: Grilling Like a Pro (Hands-on Class)

Nothing reminds us that summer is here more than the aroma of food sizzling on a grill. We’re here to bring your backyard party to the next level with important techniques that every grill master should know. We’ll showcase that smoky goodness in a variety of flavor-packed dishes. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn the tips, tricks, and trade secrets to perfect your grilling game this season! This class includes two (2) hours of hands-on instruction and one (1) hour…

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Date: August 30 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Handmade Dim Sum & Dumplings (Hands-on Class)

Want to impress your friends with a dim sum party? Come learn the techniques to make popular dim sum dishes at home. We’ll steam and deep fry our way to a delicious brunchtime meal, and you’ll be amazed at how easy (and delicious) homemade dim sum and dumplings can be! In these two (2) hour participation style classes, you will enjoy samples from the dishes you make along the way as our chef’s guide you through a fun menu paired…

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Date: August 31 @ 9:30 am2:30 pm

Exploring Persian Cuisine (Hands-on Class)

Come explore a cuisine that is a feast for all senses and discover the amazing variety of foods and flavors across every region of Iran, from small bites and soups, to traditional flatbread and sweet desserts. Learn more about this region’s traditional ingredients like saffron, pomegranate, dates, walnuts, turmeric, and lamb in ways you’ve never even imagined. This hands-on class is packed with inspiring ideas and helpful tips along with delicious take-home recipes—everything you’ll need for recreating your own culinary…

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September 2019

Delicious Doughnuts (Hands-on Class)

September 1 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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From nostalgic old-fashioned favorites, to the latest trend-setting flavors, fillings, and glazes, let’s explore the delicious and imaginative world of doughnuts, fritters, and crullers. Learn the techniques and tips of mixing, shaping, frying, and filling your way to doughnut success. We’ll share all the flavor secrets and combinations you need for creating your own mouth-watering fried wonders to indulge in at home. Register Now >

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Date: September 1 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Family Funday: Special Edition – Apple Fun and Fritters

Join us during our annual Ciderfest at Copia for a special edition class all about our favorite apple recipes and, of course, fritters! (Fun for ages 4+. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult participating in the class. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child.) Please note: Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision and behavior of minors while on a CIA campus or in attendance at a CIA-sponsored event. Register Now >

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Date: September 4 @ 6:00 pm7:15 pm

Somm’s Class: What We’re Drinking Now

Information today is being shared faster than ever, so it can be difficult to keep up with the latest beverage trends! In this class, you’ll discover what adventurous and tasty wines and other beverages the insiders think you should be drinking right now. Then, get ready to taste our favorites. No more sitting down at your local bar or restaurant and not knowing what to order. Leave the research to us and start having fun exploring what’s new. Ages 21+…

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Date: September 5 @ 3:30 pm5:00 pm

Pairing Basics: Basic Flavor Interactions

Do you ever wonder just how to make that Chardonnay taste fruitier, Merlot taste less bitter, or that roast chicken really sing? This class is the perfect place to begin. Starting with an unseasoned “blank canvas,” you’ll learn how 12 different food components, including examples of salt, spice, sweet, acid, fat, and umami interact with four different styles of wine. You’ll learn and taste the various ways to enhance either the flavor of the wine or the flavor of the…

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Date: September 6 @ 9:30 am10:30 am
Farmer Jon in the Copia Gardens
$15.00

Copia Garden Tour with CIA Farmer Jon

Get to the root of it with Farmer Jon on The CIA at Copia Garden Tour! Learn from the mastermind behind the organically farmed garden that provides seasonal produce to the kitchens here at Copia. During the hour-long exploration of our edible garden, you will learn how to grow from seed to harvest, the importance of seasonality, consequences of nature and much more! After the tour, enjoy a curated bite featuring our garden produce. Please note: All food provided will…

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Date: September 6 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Chef’s Class: Homemade Fresh Cheese

Let’s discover the remarkable taste and versatility of fresh cheese! In this class, you’ll learn how easy it can be to make your own cheeses like mozzarella, ricotta, mascarpone, and more! Our CIA chefs will share tips on cooking techniques, equipment must-haves, and how to source the best dairy products for creating flavorful cheeses. You’ll leave knowing how to prepare not only cheese, but how to create dishes with these delicious cheeses as the star ingredient. Come join us and…

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Date: September 6 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Chef’s Table: Pasta

Join us in the kitchen for an evening of food and fun at The Chef’s Table! In these intimate, interactive dinner events, you’ll gather round the table in the Napa Valley Vintners Theater demonstration kitchen and watch our chefs work their magic as you learn great tips and techniques along the way. Ask the chef questions, relax with friends, and enjoy delicious food and beverage pairings in an up-close-and-personal venue. You won’t leave hungry! Register now, before this unique event…

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Date: September 7 @ 9:30 am2:30 pm

Exploring Mediterranean Cuisine (Hands-on Class)

From the spice markets of North Africa to the tapas bars of Spain (and every flatbread, sardine, and glass of wine in between), the cuisines of the Mediterranean are as unique and vibrant as the people who cook them. In this hands-on introduction to Mediterranean cooking, you’ll explore the flavor profiles and signature technique of regions like Provence, Southern Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and North Africa. Learn the tools you’ll need to make this healthful and flavorful culinary tradition a…

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Date: September 7 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

CIA Skills: Flavors of the New Spanish Table (Hands-on Class)

Exquisite in its simplicity and representative of the casual entertaining of Spain, tapas are all the rage! These incredibly satisfying small bites have become popular throughout the world. From light finger foods to hearty dishes, this intriguing class will introduce you to the recipes and techniques for making Spain’s little plates. We’ll use ingredients such as olive oil, almonds and hazelnuts, piquillo peppers, saffron, anchovies, coarse sea salt, and smoky paprika. Olé! This small hands-on class concludes with a meal…

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Date: September 8 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Family Funday: Snazzy Snacks

It’s time to add a little DIY to the snack cupboard! With all of the options available at the supermarket, how can you create similar (and healthier) items at home? Join us, as we create some well-known snack favorites from scratch—and start creating flavorful, fresh, easy-to-make “snazzy snacks” that the whole family will enjoy. Sample recipes include: Chocolate Hazlenut Spread, Classic (or not-so-classic) Hummus, and one snazzy surprise. Fun for ages 4+. All children must be accompanied by at least…

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Date: September 12 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Flatbreads from Around the World (Hands-on Class)

Flatbreads are among the world’s oldest and most commonly eaten breads. Whether served savory or sweet, puffed up or rolled thin, these internationally inspired, flavorful breads are sure to become a party-pleaser or favorite go-to dish at your next gathering. With fresh seasonal ingredients in-hand, our experts will share the techniques you need for mixing and rolling dough and creating zesty sauces with mouthwatering topping combinations and dips that will take this simple and quick-to-cook delicious bread “beyond pizza” every…

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Date: September 13 @ 9:30 am10:30 am
Farmer Jon in the Copia Gardens
$15.00

Copia Garden Tour with CIA Farmer Jon

Get to the root of it with Farmer Jon on The CIA at Copia Garden Tour! Learn from the mastermind behind the organically farmed garden that provides seasonal produce to the kitchens here at Copia. During the hour-long exploration of our edible garden, you will learn how to grow from seed to harvest, the importance of seasonality, consequences of nature and much more! After the tour, enjoy a curated bite featuring our garden produce. Please note: All food provided will…

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Date: September 13 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

CIA Skills: Fresh Pasta (Hands-on Class)

Quick to cook, easy to customize, and always flavorful, it’s no wonder pasta is always a f avorite!  From basic comfort food to more elegant dressed up versions, pasta offers endless possibilities. Join us for a fun, hands-on cooking experience, where you’ll learn how to make your own fresh pasta, plus gain the techniques you need for rolling, cutting, and shaping perfect pasta every time. You’ll leave with new skills and innovative and seasonal recipes that you can bring back to your…

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Date: September 13 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Chef’s Class: Fall Strudels and Turnovers

Pie crust isn’t the only name in the dough game this season. In this class, we’ll explore fall forward recipes for strudels and turnovers. You’re new skills will come in handy at the next seasonal gathering! Watch, learn, and enjoy a tasting of the demonstrated recipes and a wine pairing. Register Now >

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Date: September 14 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm

How to: Taste Wine in 90 Seconds

From tongue to brain stem takes just nanoseconds and yet a Master Sommelier candidate has a little over four minutes to taste, evaluate, and identify wines. What happens in between? How much time do you really need to figure out what you think and how you feel about a wine? In this class, you’ll taste five wines, learn the lingo, understand what you prefer, and how to enjoy it with food, family, and friends. You’ll leave with a practical, fun,…

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Date: September 14 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm
$25.00

Exploring Brazilian Cooking with Chef Almir Da Fonseca

Chef Almir Da Fonseca, authority on Brazilian cuisine and professor of Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, will be offering a one-hour cooking demonstration to celebrate the launch of his book, The Brazil Project. Learn the expert tips you need to bring the delicious dishes of Brazil home to your kitchen! Chef Da Fonseca will be preparing tastings of five traditional Brazilian recipes from his new cookbook. Following the demonstration, Chef Da Fonseca will be available…

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Date: September 15 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Family Funday: Ramen at Home

What started off as an inexpensive and convenient meal option has evolved and taken over the food world! In this class, learn what makes a ramen noodle so unique and the technique to a perfectly smooth, balanced broth comparable to the very best from Japan. Fun for ages 4+. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult participating in the class. All adults must be accompanied by at least one child. Please note: Parents and guardians are responsible…

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Date: September 18 @ 6:00 pm7:15 pm

California Up & Comers: 5 Regions You Should Know

Taste and learn about the exceptional and emerging wines from five up-and-coming California regions. We’ll explore the grapes, techniques, and locations that are inspiring today’s California winemakers. With so many exciting and enticing options, we’re sure you’ll find at least one to add to your new favorites at home. Ages 21+ Only Register Now >

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Date: September 19 @ 9:30 am2:30 pm

CIA Favorites (One-Day Hands-on Class)

Sample some of the CIA’s all-time favorite recipes in this hands-on class. From savory starters and hearty entrées to decadent desserts, we’ll cover it all. Through chef demonstrations and kitchen production, you’ll learn a variety of cooking skills and helpful tips for culinary success. We’ll discuss basic cooking methods, ingredient selection, and plating techniques for you to bring home to your kitchen, so you can cook like a CIA chef! This small hands-on class concludes with a meal and wine.…

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Date: September 20 @ 9:30 am10:30 am
Farmer Jon in the Copia Gardens
$15.00

Copia Garden Tour with CIA Farmer Jon

Get to the root of it with Farmer Jon on The CIA at Copia Garden Tour! Learn from the mastermind behind the organically farmed garden that provides seasonal produce to the kitchens here at Copia. During the hour-long exploration of our edible garden, you will learn how to grow from seed to harvest, the importance of seasonality, consequences of nature and much more! After the tour, enjoy a curated bite featuring our garden produce. Please note: All food provided will…

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Date: September 20 @ 6:00 pm7:15 pm

The Secret Wines of Napa Valley

No matter what you like to drink, there’s a Napa Valley wine for you. The amazing diversity of climates, soils and world-class winemaking talent allows us to grow and produce over 100 different grape varieties for wine in a broad range of styles. In this class, we’ll taste six examples of sometimes unexpected, sometimes rare, but always delicious wines that may become your new favorites, as we learn the stories of pioneers and visionaries from the nearly 180 years of…

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Date: September 21 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

CIA Skills: The Power of Sauces (Hands-on Class)

There’s nothing quite like a sauce to transform dinner into a true dining experience. Whether your sauce is simple or ambitious, and no matter which ingredients or method you use, the purpose of this culinary mainstay is to contribute flavor, color, and texture and enhance the food it’s paired with. Come discover the power of sauces, as you learn how to artfully and thoughtfully apply a few basic sauce-making skills. In these two (2) hour participation style classes, you will…

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Date: September 21 @ 1:00 pm2:30 pm

Pairing Basics: Basic Flavor Interactions

Do you ever wonder just how to make that Chardonnay taste fruitier, Merlot taste less bitter, or that roast chicken really sing? This class is the perfect place to begin. Starting with an unseasoned “blank canvas,” you’ll learn how 12 different food components, including examples of salt, spice, sweet, acid, fat, and umami interact with four different styles of wine. You’ll learn and taste the various ways to enhance either the flavor of the wine or the flavor of the…

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