The CIA at Copia

Last month, I was invited to experience and photograph the grand opening celebration of The Culinary Institute of America's newest annex — CIA at Copia in downtown Napa. Just minutes from my home, I couldn't resist checking it out, and I'm so glad I did. It's everything I'd hoped it would be: a super spacious, well-designed space filled with food and wine, intriguing hands-on classes, a killer restaurant and bar, a friendly and knowledgable staff, and perhaps best of all a perfectly-curated store. Here's a visual journey of my time spent at this brand new culinary hotspot...

 

 

 

 

Our afternoon kicked off with a live cheesemaking class and demonstration. I must admit, I'm a weirdo that often misses attending college courses, so to be seated amongst other passionate foodies, watching a chef walk us through the ins and outs of making homemade ricotta and burrata felt pretty dreamy. I especially enjoyed sampling the final product and the house Sauvignon Blanc that was paired with the tasting.

Next, more cheese! And more great wines. Figures! We also had the opportunity to hear from some of CIA Copia's cheerful staff.

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And a little walk through of the expansive yet cozy layout...

CIA Copia's store is a food stylist's dream come true and features an array of cookbooks, kitchen supplies, pantry treats, as well as the gorgeous work one of my favorite local makers Amanda Wright Pottery!

The grand opening celebration was made official with a "21 Cork Salute" aka 21 folks lined up, sabers in-hand, displaying synchronized sabrage of chilled bottles of spakrling wine. A pretty epic sight to see and a beautiful beginning for this dynamic new space here in the Napa Valley.