CIA Greystone in St. Helena, California is one of the world’s most unique and inspiring places for culinary and wine education. Once home to the Christian Brothers Winery, the spectacular main building is the hub of activity at the CIA’s California campus. Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, here you’ll be surrounded by world-class vineyards, growers, farm-to-table restaurants, and have plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun. In addition, you’re just a short ride from all the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer, from Michelin-starred restaurants to Giants baseball. Best of all, at CIA California, you’ll be part of a close-knit campus that feels like family.
At CIA California, you’ll explore big ideas, learn practical skills, and be mentored by some of the best minds in food and academics. Our associate degree programs at our California campus follow the same in-depth curriculum as our main CIA campus in Hyde Park, NY. Here you’ll gain core knowledge and skills that are the foundation of everything you’ll do at CIA—and out in the food world.
Culinary Arts—Build the foundation for your culinary creativity, from cooking methods to flavor principles to butchery. You’ll learn about sustainability, wellness, responsible sourcing, world cultures and cuisines…knowledge every future thinking food professional needs.
Baking and Pastry Arts—Learn the techniques, ingredient function, and design principles behind everything from puff pastry to baguettes to entremets—and then envision and create your unique versions. You’ll also learn to prepare savory fare perfect for your own café.
Take your degree to the next level—Complete your bachelor’s degree in Food Business, Culinary Science, or Applied Food Studies by continuing your studies at our main campus in New York.
There’s no better way to learn about CIA than by visiting our California campus. Explore campus on an informative tour conducted by our admissions staff, join us for an open house, or check out an online event.
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The award-winning restaurants at the CIA California campus are part of our students’ educational experience. Here students transform the freshest regional ingredients into amazing dishes that are sure to please.
The Gatehouse Restaurant—Memorable cuisine perfectly paired with wine and legendary CIA hospitality. Reservations are suggested for Gatehouse Restaurant.
The Bakery Café—Light café fare and classic and contemporary pastries and baked goods.