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CIA, FOOD & WINE Team Up for Educational Festival Series Launching in February

Napa, CA – The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) announced today it is teaming with Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) FOOD & WINE to host a festival series for food enthusiasts across the country. The inaugural FOOD & WINE Weekend with the CIA will be held February 16–18, 2018 at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa, CA. The three-day event will be the ultimate gastronomic getaway filled with tastings, hands-on cooking lessons, educational seminars, and much more. It is the perfect pairing of FOOD & WINE’s renowned authority with the CIA’s unparalleled excellence in the education arena.

The event also marks the opening of the Hestan Teaching Kitchen at the CIA at Copia, which features state-of-the-art commercial kitchen equipment. The kitchen will serve as home base for the CIA at Copia’s food enthusiast and family cooking classes, as well as foodservice industry-focused programs led by the college’s consulting and strategic initiatives groups.

“We are excited to join forces with FOOD & WINE to create this truly immersive experience,” said CIA Provost Mark Erickson. “For years, the CIA has shared our knowledge and inspiration with students, industry leaders, and food enthusiasts alike. Teaming up with FOOD & WINE, an acclaimed brand that produces some of the most iconic food lovers’ festivals in the country is a natural fit. We’re looking forward to giving even more people an opportunity to feed their passion for all things culinary.”

Attendees will “eat like a local” at the opening reception, explore current food trends in hands-on cooking sessions, create popular global street foods, learn about up-and-coming California wine regions, and enjoy a dinner showcasing California’s bounty. The event will culminate with the CIA Chef Best Brunch Battle, in which chefs Sandy Sauter, Hilary Sullivan, and Josh Anderson will race to create their signature brunch dishes and beverages for attendees to enjoy.

“The FOOD & WINE Weekend with the CIA brings together all of the elements that make for a compelling culinary educational experience: talented chefs and wine experts sharing their expertise in the state-of-the-art kitchen in one of our favorite places on earth,” said FOOD & WINE Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis. “We are thrilled to partner with the CIA on this dynamic event.”

For more information, to view the full schedule of events and presenters, and to register, visit us online.

There will be two additional FOOD & WINE Weekends with the CIA in 2018: July 13–15 and October 19–21.

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The Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa, CA is home of the new FOOD & WINE Weekend with the CIA education festival, launching February 16–18, 2018. (Photo credit: Bob McClenahan Photography)
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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 bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, and associate degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also offers executive education through its Food Business School along with 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 nearly 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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