NAPA LOCAL EDITION: the grand opening of the CIA (Culinary Institute of America)

March 8, 2017

The CIA is open!

While Napa is known for it’s premium vineyards and wine, it’s also a hub for fantastic food and culinary creativity.  The CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA at Copia was first opened quite a long time ago through the efforts of Margrit Mondavi, and is now back and greater than ever! Located next to the OXBOW MARKET, this brand new building is home to cooking seminars, wine tasting, a full restaurant and the cutest ‘gift shop’ you’ll ever see.

(^This is the main corridor that houses quarterly rotating wine tasting, events, and a view of the beautiful grassy amphitheater)

When visiting the CIA for the first time, one of the things I was able to do was take a cheese making class! If you’re like me, you don’t have the slightest idea how cheese is made and making it at home sounds incredibly daunting; but through this class, we were shown how to make burrata, mozzarella, and ricotta! Each are surprisingly easy and quick to make at home. Did you know that burrata is simply a mozzarella ‘shell’ with cheese curds inside?? Me neither!

(^The best part of the class was getting to sample the homemade cheese during the class!)
Apart from the food and wine you can find at the CIA, my favorite part of the building is this adorable shop. From marble cutting boards to gold rimmed glassware, this shop is jammed packed with everything I want in my home! If you’re looking for that specialty cheese knife or a Napa-themed gift for a friend, I highly recommend peaking your head inside this shop. And when you’re done exploring the CIA, walk across the parking lot and grab a beer at FIELDWORK BREWING COMPANY or a coffee at RITUAL COFFEE ROASTERS.

For any questions about this new Napa institution, feel free to comment or email me at! Hope you make a trip to see it!



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  • Reply Ivy & Eve March 9, 2017 at 11:51 am

    We love taking classes at CIA! Our personal fave is CIA at Greystone! Such beauty and history all combined with delicious food!

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