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The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America)

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500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States

July 2019

Date: July 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am1:00 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: July 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

Napa Valley vs. The World

How do wines like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Italian Sangiovese, and French Bordeaux compare with the wines we make in California? What are the key factors that determine a grape’s characteristics, and how may those factors change when exploring a wine from Europe or North America? How can we understand our preferences for one wine or another, and are those preferences strictly based on flavor? Join us for a series of eight comparative tastings of the wines of Napa Valley…

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Masters of Petite: Petite Sirah Tasting Reception

July 14, 2019 @ 2:30 pm4:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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“The Petite Masters” Tasting Reception, hosted by P.S. I Love You, a historic journey with the American heritage grape Petite Sirah, and the top taste makers from Napa, Sonoma, and beyond.   Discover Petite Sirah’s extraordinary journey to America and how the formidable pioneer forged a cornerstone in America’s rich wine history. Today, this all-American varietal is a grape on the move and trending in popularity among winemakers and savvy consumers alike.  During this walk-around tasting in our Hestan Kitchen you’ll have…

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Fiesta de Contimo: Guest Chef Pop-Up at Grove

July 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Every Monday at Grove, we’ll be popping up an exciting dining experience presented by some of our friends in the Napa Valley. Our compadres at Contimo are popping up again at Grove, this time with some fiesta flair! This month’s menu highlights food inspired by the vibrant flavors of Mexico, with fish and carne asada tacos, beans, rice, fresh tortillas, nachos, and plenty of cold drinks. Come for the food; stay for the fiesta!  Please note: We kindly ask that you RSVP—this will allow us to prepare the right amount of…

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The George Motz Burger Pop-Up World Tour

July 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Join us for the best of what summer has to offer: warm summer night, refreshing beers, live music and one of the best hamburgers you’ve ever tasted. On Saturday, July 20, America’s Hamburger Expert George Motz, brings his Burger Pop-Up World Tour to Northern California for the very first time right here at The CIA at Copia. George will be slinging his famous signature griddled smash burgers in the Copia Gardens all evening long. At the end of the night, we’ll serve…

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Date: July 20, 2019 @ 9:00 pm11:00 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “Big Night”

On Saturday, July 20, join us for the kick-off of our new summer series Cinema Under the Stars with a screening of the classic film Big Night. The screening is free to attend and reservations are not required. But wait, there’s more! To celebrate the occasion America’s Hamburger Expert George Motz, is bringing his Burger Pop-Up World Tour to Copia, where he’ll be slinging his famous signature griddled smash burgers all evening long. Tickets are limited – save time and pre-purchase now. Come enjoy…

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The George Motz Burger Master Class

July 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Join Chef George Motz, America’s foremost hamburger expert and author of Hamburger America, as he dives into the history of the smash burger followed by an exclusive hands-on experience with the master himself. In this class, you will hear all about his book Hamburger America and his journey across the country to preserve our hamburger heritage. After the discussion, he will put your knowledge to the test in a hands-on burger workshop, where you'll prepare your own Signature George Motz Oklahoma Fried Onion Cheeseburger.…

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Cinema Under the Stars: “Waitress”

July 23, 2019 @ 8:45 pm11:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Waitress (2007) Director: Adrienne Shelly Genre: Comedy Drama Run Time: 107 minutes Rating: PG-13 Trapped in a miserable marriage and blessed with the ability to transform her misery into delicious desserts, a small-town waitress finds her life forever changed by an unplanned pregnancy. Every day, Jenna (Keri Russell) ties on her apron and serves her customers with a smile, and every night she goes to bed knowing that she is one step closer to the day that she can kiss her scarily…

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Cinema Under the Stars: “Chocolat”

July 30, 2019 @ 8:45 pm11:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Chocolat (2000) Director: Lasse Hallstrom Genre: Romance Run Time: 121 minutes Rating: PG-13 The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in this comedy. In 1959, a mysterious woman named Vianne (Juliette Binoche) moves with her young daughter into a small French village, where much of the community's activities are dominated by the local Catholic church. A few days after settling into town, Vianne opens up a confectionery shop across the…

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August 2019

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Cinema Under the Stars: “Grease”

August 6, 2019 @ 8:30 pm11:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Grease (1978) Director: Randal Kleiser Genre: Musical Run Time: 110 minutes Rating: PG Grease, said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, "is the word." Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz '50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their "Summer Nights" falling in love, but once fall comes, it's back to…

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Clif Family Experience Pop-Up

August 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Join Clif Family for a perfect summer evening of food and wine at The CIA at Copia! The Clif Family Bruschetteria Food Truck will be set up in the Copia Gardens serving a unique menu of bruschetta, porchetta, rotisserie chicken, farm fresh salads, and seasonal sides. Enjoy their delicious food and Clif Family wines, available for purchase throughout the evening. And, don’t forget additional food and beverage options will be available all night from Grove. We'll see you there!  …

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Cinema Under the Stars: “Hairspray”

August 13, 2019 @ 8:15 pm10:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Hairspray (1988) Director: John Waters Genre: Comedy Run Time: 90 minutes Rating: PG Forever interested in the kitsch built into past eras, director John Waters chooses the TV dance show craze of the early '60s for his playful focus in Hairspray. Ricki Lake plays Tracy Turnblad, just one of several alliteratively named characters coming of age in 1962 Baltimore, where "The Corny Collins Show" is the most popular American Bandstand-type program, watched by hundreds of young dreamers each day after school. Being chosen to dance on it…

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Reds, Whites and Bluegrass

August 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Lincoln Theater presents Reds, Whites & Bluegrass, a music, wine and food festival at The CIA at Copia's outdoor amphitheater in downtown Napa. The outdoor concert will bring together three award winning Bay Area bluegrass bands to celebrate Americana roots music along with some of the Valley’s best red and white wines. Bands include Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, Laurie Lewis, and Rita Hosking. Buy Tickets >     Children 3 and under are admitted for free.…

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Cinema Under the Stars: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

August 20, 2019 @ 8:15 pm10:45 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Director: John Hughes Genre: Comedy Run Time: 103 minutes Rating: PG-13 Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris' trail at every turn is high-school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined…

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Cinema Under the Stars: “The Three Amigos”

August 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm9:45 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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The Three Amigos (1986) Director: John Landis Genre: Comedy Run Time: 103 minutes Rating: PG-13 This slapstick farce features Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase), Lucky Day (Steve Martin), and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short), as three silent movie cowboy stars who get the axe from their Hollywood studio. Just at that opportune moment, a woman named Carmen (Patrice Martinez) asks them to come to her forgotten little town south of the border and do some work for her, for a tidy sum. The…

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September 2019

Delicious Doughnuts (Hands-on Class)

September 1, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm
Third Annual Ciderfest at The CIA at Copia, Sunday, September 1, 2019.
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Ciderfest 2019

Join us at The CIA at Copia for our Third Annual CIDERFEST! We will be celebrating the beginnings of apple season. Spend the afternoon sampling local and specialty ciders, as you enjoy live music, seasonal eats, and the beautiful Napa Valley weather with friends and family. Admission is FREE for all ages. At the event, you will be able to purchase tasting tickets—$3 per cider tasting—as you work your way through all of the different delicious cider varieties. And, we…

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Date: September 1, 2019 @ 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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Cinema Under the Stars: “What About Bob?”

September 3, 2019 @ 7:45 pm9:30 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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What About Bob? (1991) Director: Frank Oz Genre: Comedy Run Time: 99 minutes Rating: PG In this comedy about a doctor-patient relationship pushed way beyond the office, Bill Murray plays Bob Wiley, a neurotic New Yorker struggling with a whirlwind of paralyzing phobias. When an exasperated colleague pawns the handful off on Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), the psychologist has no idea his last appointment will follow him north to New Hampshire on a month's vacation. Bob takes to Dr. Marvin's…

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Date: September 5, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 9:30 am10:30 am

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, 2019 @ 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 7, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Conversations at Copia: Culture & Cuisine

September 7, 2019 @ 4:30 pm9:30 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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What does it mean to be authentic and who gets to cook what? Join Andrew Zimmern and a distinguished panel of chefs and food experts as they discuss what it means to cook culturally authentic cuisine. And, what determines a chef's authority to cook whatever they want, regardless of their culture? Pre-Reception & Conversation Tickets include:  Pre-event reception to meet-and-mingle with Andrew Zimmern and all-star panelists and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres Panel discussion with Q&A During the reception, panelists will…

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Cinema Under the Stars: “A League of Their Own”

September 10, 2019 @ 7:45 pm10:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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A League of Their Own (1992) Director: Penny Marshall Genre: Comedy, Drama Run Time: 128 minutes Rating: PG The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far away in Europe and Asia fighting World War II. The league flourished until after World War II, when, with the men's return, the league was consigned to oblivion. Director Penny Marshall and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel re-create the wartime era when women's baseball looked to stand a…

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Date: September 12, 2019 @ 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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Copia Garden Tour with CIA Farmer Jon

September 13, 2019 @ 9:30 am10:30 am
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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 15, 2019 @ 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 19, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 9:30 am10:30 am

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 21, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Date: September 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Family Funday: Mac & Cheese

What kind of ooey gooey comfort food brings back rich creamy memories of childhood?  You guessed it, mac & cheese! We’ll teach you ways to reimagine this classic with bold ingredients –even how to hide the vegetables—flavorful cheeses and sauces. Plus, we’ll include healthy options like whole grain pasta, lean protein, or allergy-sensitive modifications for a delicious twist on this classic childhood dish. And to top it all off, you’ll enjoy the fruits of our labor with a DIY mac…

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Date: September 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “Roll Bounce”

Roll Bounce (2005) Director: Malcom D. Lee Genre: Comedy, Drama Run Time: 112 minutes Rating: PG-13 A handful of inner-city kids move up to the big time in this teen-centric musical. Xavier Smith (Bow Wow), known to his friends as X, is a teenager growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the late ’70s. X and his buddies are the hotshot skaters at the Palisades Gardens, a neighborhood roller rink where local kids roll to the latest disco sounds,…

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Date: September 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Chef’s Class: Classic Provençal

There is no notion more romantic than sitting side-by-side at a French bistro as lavender-scented breezes amble through. France’s Provence region stretches from the mountains to the sea, and it is the origin for some of the country’s most iconic dishes, like bouillabaisse, ratatouille, and pissaladière. In this demonstration class, our CIA chefs will show you the very best to add to your culinary repertoire and bring a little romance to your own kitchen. Travel through the French countryside as…

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Date: September 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm

Knife Skills (Hands-on Class)

Ready to take your kitchen know-how to the next level? Then it’s time to sharpen your knife skills—the foundation of every great home chef. Come gather ’round our chef to learn and practice techniques guaranteed to save you time in the kitchen and lend more creativity to the dishes you make. Your new skills and confidence will be sure to impress your family and friends! While no meal is prepared in class, we’ll send you home with the products of…

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Copia Garden Tour with CIA Farmer Jon

September 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am10:30 am
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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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 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

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

Exquisite in its simplicity and representative of the casual entertaining throughout the Mediterranean, these flavors are all the rage! From light finger foods to healthy main dishes, this intriguing class will introduce you to the recipes and techniques for preparing the small plates of the Mediterranean. We’ll use ingredients such as olive oil, piquillo peppers, whole grains, and smoky paprika as we develop delicious, craveable plant-forward dishes full of flavor. This class includes two (2) hours of hands-on instruction and…

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Date: September 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

The History of Napa Valley in 8 Glasses

Come learn the rich history of the Napa Valley wine industry as we taste our way through the wines of notable pioneers, made in diverse soils, and unique micro-climates. We’ll discuss the winemaking challenges that have occurred along the way—phylloxera, prohibition, Pinot Noir—and the game-changing events that have shaped one of the most influential wine regions in the world. This class will have occasional guest appearances from our friends, the Napa Valley Vintners. (21+ only) Register Now >

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Shakespeare Napa Valley Presents: “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

September 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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On Friday, September 27, join us at The CIA at Copia for a delightful evening performance of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Presented by Napa Valley College, this 90-minute, family-friendly performance is sure to please. The performance will be held indoors in the Copia Theater and seats are first come, first served. Hungry before the show? Make a reservation at The Restaurant at CIA Copia and enjoy a two-course prix-fixe dinner! The Elizabethan-inspired menu includes roasted delicata squash salad and lamb ragout. Don't forget to…

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Date: September 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am2:30 pm

Bistros & Brasseries (Hands-on Class)

The words bistro and brasseries may bring to mind fancy French-ness, but the food served in these French cafes is actually casual fare, like cozy comfort foods that come from a rich history of necessity and sustenance. In this class, learn iconic bistro dishes, like beef stewed in red wine, creamy leek and cheese tart, and chocolate mousse (ooh la la!). CIA chefs will demonstrate how to make a classic French omelets and a decadent croque monsieur, so you can…

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Date: September 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am3:00 pm

Julia’s Kitchen: Celebrating French Cuisine (Hands-on Class)

America’s grande dame of cooking, Julia Child inspired a generation of cooks, sharing her joy of food with millions! To celebrate her life and timeless passion for cooking, we’re offering a hands-on cooking class showcasing her distinct techniques, favorite recipes, and most of all, remembering that we all learn by doing. Let’s put her tips to the test—and, together, enjoy a unique and inspirational learning experience to bring home, Julia’s way! This is small, hands-on class concludes with a meal and wine. Register…

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Shakespeare Napa Valley Presents: “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

September 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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On Saturday, September 28, join us at The CIA at Copia for a delightful evening performance of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Presented by Napa Valley College, this 90-minute, family-friendly performance is sure to please. The performance will be held indoors in the Copia Theater and seats are first come, first served. Hungry before the show? Make a reservation at The Restaurant at CIA Copia and enjoy a two-course prix-fixe dinner! The Elizabethan-inspired menu includes roasted delicata squash salad and lamb ragout. Don’t forget to order a…

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Date: September 29, 2019 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Family Funday: Sunday Lasagna

Make and enjoy your very own lasagna while learning about what makes it so delicious. Get ready for layers upon layer of fun. 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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October 2019

Date: October 1, 2019 @ 7:15 pm9:45 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “The Muppet Movie”

The Muppet Movie (1979) Director: James Frawley Genre: Family / Musical Run Time: 98 minutes Rating: G Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, from of the large crew of loveably fuzzy characters created by puppetmaster Jim Henson, have embarked on a quest for stardom. They take a trip to Hollywood, riding in or on a wide variety of vehicles along the way. They begin their journey on a bicycle pedalled by Kermit, but friends accumulate along the way, and they change…

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Copia Garden Tour with CIA Farmer Jon

October 4, 2019 @ 9:30 am10:30 am
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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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: October 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

Flavors of Fall with Chef John Ash

Join Chef John Ash, two-time James Beard award-winning author, teacher, and restaurateur, as he explores the seasonal fare and the bounty of fall flavors. In this hands-on class, Chef Ash shares his favorite heartier, comfort foods along with the cooking techniques you need for preparing delicious, fall-inspired meals at home. With tasty recipes and tips for harvest fun, you’ll have the perfect menu for planning your next fall gathering or get-together with friends and family! This class includes two (2)…

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Date: October 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am2:30 pm

Farm to Table Boot Camp (5-Day)

Seasonal, local, and sustainable. They’re not just buzzwords, but a healthy and environmentally friendly way of cooking and eating. In this Boot Camp, you’ll gain an in-depth look into the world of cooking sustainably and seasonally, using ingredients sourced as locally as possible. You’ll learn to recognize when produce is at its peak and how to handle just-picked ingredients from the farm all the way to the dinner table. Along with enjoying plenty of hands-on cooking in our kitchens, you…

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Cinema Under the Stars: “The Princess Bride”

October 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm8:45 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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The Princess Bride (1987) Director: Rob Reiner Genre: Adventure / Family Run Time: 98 minutes Rating: PG Based on William Goldman's novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk's character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Indeed, The Princess Bride offers a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale depicting stable…

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Date: October 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Oxbow School Lecture with Kamrooz Aram

Oxbow School Lecture with Kamrooz Aram

Please join us for a lecture with artist Kamrooz Aram.   Artist Biography Kamrooz Aram (b. 1978, Shiraz, Iran) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Aram’s diverse practice often engages the complicated relationship between Modernism and the so-called decorative arts. Through a variety of forms including painting, collage, drawing, and installation, Aram has found the potential for image-making to function critically in its use as a tool for a certain renegotiation of history. Aram received a BFA…

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Date: October 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Pairing Principles: Wine and Cheese

Come celebrate one of our favorite pairings: wine and cheese! The artisan cheese makers of California are setting the pace in the United States for incredible quality and selection, and their cheeses positively shine when coupled with Napa Valley wines. In this class, we will evaluate each cheese for flavor and texture, and experiment with dynamic and complementary pairings so that you’re prepared to dazzle your guests with all you’ve learned. 21+ only Register Now >

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Date: October 10, 2019 @ 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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Copia Garden Tour with CIA Farmer Jon

October 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am10:30 am
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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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: October 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

The History of Napa Valley in 8 Glasses

Come learn the rich history of the Napa Valley wine industry as we taste our way through the wines of notable pioneers, made in diverse soils, and unique micro-climates. We’ll discuss the winemaking challenges that have occurred along the way—phylloxera, prohibition, Pinot Noir—and the game-changing events that have shaped one of the most influential wine regions in the world. This class will have occasional guest appearances from our friends, the Napa Valley Vintners. (21+ only) Register Now >

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Parent & Teen – CIA Favorites (One-Day Class)

October 12, 2019 @ 9:30 am2:30 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Sample some of the CIA’s all-time favorite recipes in this class featuring dishes straight from the pages of The Culinary Institute of America Cookbook. From savory starters and hearty entrees 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. Prepare to take a deeper look into the fundamentals of cooking and to taste…

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Date: October 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm2:30 pm

Pairing Basics: Global Flavor Interactions

We know a little salt on your steak or a little lemon on your fish will change the flavor of the wine you’re tasting, but what about soy sauce? Habaneros? Fresh herbs? Expand your pairing horizons by tasting five wines alongside our selection of distinct components. We’ll introduce you to a new world of flavor interactions from Asian to Latin to Mediterranean. Together, we’ll discover how to find the perfect fit for your adventurous meal! Ages 21+ only Register Now…

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Cinema Under the Stars: “The Goonies”

October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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The Goonies (1985) Director: Richard Donner Genre: Adventure  Run Time: 111 minutes Rating: PG Leonard Maltin wasn't alone when he noticed similarities between Goonies and the 1934 Our Gang comedy Mama's Little Pirate. Adapted by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg, the film follows a group of misfit kids (including such second-generation Hollywoodites as Josh Brolin and Sean Astin) as they search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern. Here they cross the path of lady criminal Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) and her outlaw brood. Fortunately, the kids…

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Copia Garden Tour with CIA Farmer Jon

October 18, 2019 @ 9:30 am10:30 am
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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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: October 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

CIA Skills: Cooking with Wine (Hands-on Class)

In this class, we’re not talking about enjoying a glass of wine while you cook…we mean reserving some for your recipes! That’s because wine is more than just an accompaniment with dinner; as an ingredient, it can add complex flavor to your dish. Find out how, as your instructor guides you through some of the many delicious ways you can add a little more wine to your meals—and your life. This class includes two (2) hours of hands-on instruction and…

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Date: October 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm7:15 pm

Bubbles for Every Occasion

Whether you’re spending time with your love, your family, your friends or just yourself (and your cat), sparkling wines from all over the world can make every moment a happy one. We’ll talk about tasting, buying, serving and fun pairings for sparkling wine. We’ll have unique versions of this class giving special attention to seasonal foods, upcoming holidays, and traditions that are right on the horizon.  You’ll also get the chance to compare wines from many price points and styles…

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Date: October 19, 2019 @ 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: October 20, 2019 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Family Funday: Cakes and Cupcakes

Come join us for a sweet day as we explore two of our favorite desserts: cakes and cupcakes! Learn how to make beautiful, multi-leveled cakes with perfectly smooth buttercream, delicious fluffy cupcakes—and even homemade sprinkles. We’ll share all things decorating and then give you time to go and create your own cupcake masterpiece in class.  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…

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Cinema Under the Stars: “Beetlejuice”

October 22, 2019 @ 6:45 pm8:45 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Beetlejuice (1988) Director: Tim Burton Genre: Fantasy Run Time: 93 minutes Rating: PG Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is…

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Date: October 24, 2019 @ 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: October 25, 2019 @ 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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Date: October 25, 2019 @ 9:30 am10:30 am

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: October 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

CIA Skills: Regional French Cuisine (Northwest; Hands-on Class)

In this regional cuisine series, we will explore delicious and seasonal flavors from each corner of France. Learn how to cook authentic cuisine from the Northwest region of France which boasts seafood aplenty, picturesque apple farms, and robust agriculture. In this hands-on class, you’ll discover the fundamentals and techniques for preparing rustic dishes of the countryside and classics like moules marinières and Gâteau de crêpes. You’ll learn the skills to prepare your own French favorites at home to share with…

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Conversations at Copia: Food for Good

October 26, 2019 @ 4:30 pm7:30 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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How can we expand access to food and reduce waste? Join Andrew Zimmern and a distinguished panel of chefs and food experts as they discuss creating new ways to serve those in need, provide disaster relief, and fight against food waste. Whether you work in the food industry or from your home kitchen, this talk will impress the importance of how even the simplest action can have a lasting impact. General Admission Tickets include: Pre-event reception to meet-and-mingle with Andrew…

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Date: October 27, 2019 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Family Funday: Special Edition – Spooky Treats

Spend a day at the Ghoulinary Institute of America for some spooky Halloween sugar-filled fun! We’ll explore deliciously creepy recipes for the whole family. In this demonstration-style class, you’ll learn how to make some of our favorite Halloween treats the CIA way. Witches Fingers, Halloweenies, and Sorcerer’s Brew, oh my! Come in costume! All superheroes, princesses, and superhero princesses, welcome! Warning! This class contains nuts and lots of sugar. Fun for ages 4+. All children must be accompanied by at…

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Date: October 29, 2019 @ 6:45 pm8:45 pm
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Cinema Under the Stars: “Hocus Pocus”

Please note: Due to poor air quality in Napa Valley, this film screening has been moved inside into our Ecolab Theater. We look forward to welcoming you!  Hocus Pocus (1993) Director: Kenny Ortega Genre: Comedy / Fantasy Run Time: 95 minutes Rating: PG Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy romp around like coked-up versions of The Three Stooges in the frantic Disney romp Hocus Pocus. The film begins in 1693 where three witches — Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary (Kathy Najimy)…

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Date: October 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Pairing Principles: Wine and Chocolate

Everything goes better with chocolate, including wine! In this class, you’ll get great tips for balancing the bitterness, sweetness, and intensity in wines to provide the perfect pairing for your favorite chocolate. Take a journey with us as we explore where chocolate comes from and how to create great flavor and texture combinations. There’s a pairing for every wine and chocolate lover in this class! Ages 21+ only Register Now >

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November 2019

Date: November 1, 2019 @ 1:30 pm3:00 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: November 1, 2019 @ 5:30 pm7:30 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: November 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am1:00 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. This class includes…

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Date: November 2, 2019 @ 3:30 pm5:00 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: November 3, 2019 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Family Funday: DIY Dim Sum

Looking for a new fun-filled family activity? If you think frozen dumplings from the store are delicious, just wait until you try our recipe! Once you master the technique, you’ll be hosting your own DIY Dim Sum party in no time! (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…

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Date: November 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am1:30 pm

Artisan Breads Boot Camp (3-Day)

A crisp crust. A chewy crumb. An unmistakable aroma. Nothing is more captivating than a French baguette straight from the oven. But it doesn’t stop there. From the flatbreads of the Middle East to the enriched breads of Europe (brioche!), bakers around the world have been seducing our senses for thousands of years with their specialty breads. Now it’s your chance to join the ranks and learn the art of bread baking. Beginning with an ingredient function and equipment review,…

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Date: November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

CIA Skills: Soul Food Classics (Hands-on Class)

Get ready to feed your soul with the uniquely satisfying comfort foods and dishes of the South. You’ll learn all about this staple cuisine by exploring iconic ingredients, cooking techniques, and mainstay dishes that have become part of our American food culture. From braising, frying, and baking techniques to creating healthy twists on soul food classics, our chefs will teach you how to create mouthwatering meals that you can bring back to your home kitchen and enjoy year-round. This class…

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Date: November 9, 2019 @ 3:30 pm4:45 pm

Bubbles for Every Occasion

Whether you’re spending time with your love, your family, your friends or just yourself (and your cat), sparkling wines from all over the world can make every moment a happy one. We’ll talk about tasting, buying, serving and fun pairings for sparkling wine. We’ll have unique versions of this class giving special attention to seasonal foods, upcoming holidays, and traditions that are right on the horizon.  You’ll also get the chance to compare wines from many price points and styles…

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Date: November 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

The Napa–Swiss Connection – An Evening with René Gabriel

For the Love of Wine: An Evening with René Gabriel Join acclaimed wine critic, chef, television and radio personality, author, and creator of the world-famous glassware ‘Gabriel-Glas’, René Gabriel, for an evening exploring and tasting Swiss cuisine paired with an exciting selection of Napa Valley wines from Clos du Val Winery, served in Gabriel’s signature glassware. Sample tasting menu includes: Smoked Trout Fillet served with Apple-Potato Salad in Horseradish Crème, Cabernet-Marinated Beef Ragout with Dried Plump Mushrooms with Crispy Bacon, and…

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Date: November 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm7:00 pm

CIA Skills: Cooking with Beer (Hands-on Class)

In this class, we’re not talking about enjoying a beer while you cook…we mean reserving some for your recipes! Did you know that in many dishes that call for wine, beer can be substituted? Don’t be fooled, beer isn’t just for batters! You will learn a variety of cooking techniques using beer as a flavor component to complement each dish. This class includes two (2) hours of hands on instruction and one (1) hour of time to enjoy the meal…

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Date: November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm7:15 pm

Somm’s Class: Festive Cocktails

The holidays are all about getting together with those closest to you to celebrate each other and life. In this class, you will learn how to create delicious cocktails that will bring the spirit to any occasion. You will add to your repertoire of recipes and be inspired to create new ones of your own. Let’s get ready to celebrate the season! Ages 21+ only Register Now >

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Date: November 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Chef’s Class: Pies & Tarts for the Holidays

Are you ready to get inspired for this year’s holiday festivities with mouthwatering, homemade pies and tarts? From traditional favorites to innovative new twists, join our experts and learn their dough-making secrets and tried-and-true techniques, so you can make delicious and beautiful desserts to share with your family and friends throughout the holidays and year. Example recipes include a new twist on Pumpkin Pie and Maple Nut Tart Watch, learn, and enjoy a tasting of the demonstrated recipes and a…

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Date: November 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm

Chef’s Table: Food for Entertaining

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! Class instruction will include creating everything…

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Bistros and Brasseries (Hands-on Class)

November 23, 2019 @ 9:30 am2:30 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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The words bistro and brasseries may bring to mind fancy French-ness, but the food served in these French cafes is actually casual fare, like cozy comfort foods that come from a rich history of necessity and sustenance. In this class, learn iconic bistro dishes, like beef stewed in red wine, creamy leek and cheese tart, and chocolate mousse (ooh la la!). CIA chefs will demonstrate how to make a classic French omelets and a decadent croque monsieur, so you can…

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Date: November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

CIA Skills: Handmade Fresh Cheese (Hands-on Class)

There is nothing like making cheese from scratch! Follow along as our chef demonstrates recipes you never realized were so simple. You will prepare a variety of fresh cheeses, such as mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, and also crème fraîche. You will leave knowing how to prepare dishes with these delicious cheeses as the star ingredient! This class includes two (2) hours of handson instruction and one (1) hour of time to enjoy the meal you have prepared during the class paired…

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Date: November 23, 2019 @ 3:30 pm4:45 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: November 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm2:30 pm

Family Funday: Sunday Lasagna

Make and enjoy your very own lasagna while learning about what makes it so delicious. Get ready for layers upon layer of fun. 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: November 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

Napa Valley VS the World

How do wines like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Italian Sangiovese, and French Bordeaux compare with the wines we make in California? What are the key factors that determine a grape’s characteristics, and how may those factors change when exploring a wine from Europe or North America? How can we understand our preferences for one wine or another, and are those preferences strictly based on flavor? Join us for a series of eight comparative tastings of the wines of Napa Valley…

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Date: November 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

CIA Skills: Cooking with Wine (Hands-on Class)

In this class, we’re not talking about enjoying a glass of wine while you cook…we mean reserving some for your recipes! That’s because wine is more than just an accompaniment with dinner; as an ingredient, it can add complex flavor to your dish. Find out how, as your instructor guides you through some of the many delicious ways you can add a little more wine to your meals—and your life. This class includes two (2) hours of hands-on instruction and…

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Date: November 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Pairing Principles: Wine and Cheese

Come celebrate one of our favorite pairings: wine and cheese! The artisan cheese makers of California are setting the pace in the United States for incredible quality and selection, and their cheeses positively shine when coupled with Napa Valley wines. In this class, we will evaluate each cheese for flavor and texture, and experiment with dynamic and complementary pairings so that you’re prepared to dazzle your guests with all you’ve learned. 21+ only Register Now >

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Date: November 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm7:00 pm

CIA Skills: 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. This class includes two (2) hours of hands-on instruction and…

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Date: November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am1:00 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 favorite!  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: November 30, 2019 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

Julia’s Kitchen: Celebrating French Cusine (Hands-on Class)

America’s grande dame of cooking, Julia Child inspired a generation of cooks, sharing her joy of food with millions! To celebrate her life and timeless passion for cooking, we’re offering a hands-on cooking class showcasing her distinct techniques, favorite recipes, and most of all, remembering that we all learn by doing. Let’s put her tips to the test—and, together, enjoy a unique and inspirational learning experience to bring home, Julia’s way! This small, hands-on class concludes with a meal and wine. Register…

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Date: November 30, 2019 @ 1:00 pm2:30 pm

History of Napa Valley in 8 Glasses

Come learn the rich history of the Napa Valley wine industry as we taste our way through the wines of notable pioneers, made in diverse soils, and unique micro-climates. We’ll discuss the winemaking challenges that have occurred along the way—phylloxera, prohibition, Pinot Noir—and the game-changing events that have shaped one of the most influential wine regions in the world. This class will have occasional guest appearances from our friends, the Napa Valley Vintners. (21+ only) Register Now >

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December 2019

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Conversations at Copia: Setting the Equity Table

December 7, 2019 @ 4:30 pm7:30 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America), 500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559 United States
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Where is social change in the food and beverage industry coming from? You need look no further than the closest restaurant kitchen to see some of the key equity issues of our time playing out in real time. From improving diversity in the kitchen at all levels to creating career avenues for marginalized populations and other hot-button topics, this group of top chefs and culinary experts has lived these issues first-hand. They’ll speak about how they are personally driving tangible…

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