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America’s Hamburger Expert Brings Burger Pop-Up to Copia

Food Film Festival Founder Helps Launch Cinema Under the Stars in Napa

Napa, CAThe CIA at Copia, a culinary adventure for food lovers in downtown Napa, announces that hamburger expert George Motz will bring his Burger Pop-Up World Tour to Copia on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 6–9 p.m. During this fun-filled evening, Motz will make his signature griddled smash burgers, which will be served alongside strawberry shortcake and ice-cold beverages. After sunset, guests are invited to hang out in the gardens for a special film screening of the classic foodie film, Big Night, which will kick off Copia’s new weekly outdoor film series, Cinema Under the Stars.

Host of Burgerland on the Travel Channel—as well as an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, chef, and author of The Great American Hamburger and Hamburger America—George Motz is widely regarded as the nation’s foremost hamburger expert. He spent years perfecting his signature burgers, and his 2019 Burger Pop-Up World Tour has included stops in São Paolo, Miami, Buenos Aires, and Paris.

“George is an innovator in the culinary world and has garnered global attention for his exceptional burgers,” said Thomas Bensel, managing director of CIA California. “We appreciate his creativity and burger expertise and this summer burger pop-up is just a taste of what is to come between George Motz and the CIA.”

During the film screening, guests will be able to purchase popcorn and soft serve ice cream along with the regular staples such as pizzas, barbecue, and garden-inspired salads from Grove, Copia’s al fresco late night spot. Cinema Under the Stars will begin weekly on July 23 and take place every Tuesday evening at sunset. through October 29. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and seat cushions. A full list of the upcoming films can be viewed online.

Tickets to the George Motz Burger Pop-Up World Tour are $20 and include Motz’s signature Oklahoma fried onion cheeseburger, strawberry shortcake, and one beer or soda. The Cinema Under the Stars summer screening series is free, and guests are encouraged to arrive early to grab a prime viewing spot for the movie.

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Food Film Festival founder George Motz brings his famous burgers to The CIA at Copia on July 20, 2019. The one-night pop-up coincides with the launch of the CIA’s Cinema Under the Stars series. (Photo credit: Courtesy of George Motz)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

Taste What You See on the Screen!

The Food Film Festival is the only event in the world where guests get to taste what they see on the screen—right in their seats! During the main part of the event, the festival screens food films and serves a taste of the exact dish seen to the audience. Now in its 13th year in New York City, the annual event also travels to cities like Chicago, Charleston, and Copenhagen. Created by TV host, filmmaker, and burger expert George Motz, the festival benefits local non-profit organizations, such as the Billion Oyster Project of NYC.

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