“Conversations at Copia”: CIA in Napa
There is an intriguing facility right next door to the Oxbow Public Market where our Downtown Napa tours begin. The CIA at Copia, The Culinary Institute of America’s newest venture in downtown Napa, presents Sustainable Seafood and Bay Area Watersheds as the next event in their series Conversations at Copia on April 7-8.
Through live panels, film, art, dialogue, and tasting food and beverage, the monthly Conversations at Copiaseries aims to teach attendees about our food system, how to get involved, and how it affects us.
During the April edition, guests will have the chance to learn more about sustainability and what chefs, fishmongers, and winemakers are doing to protect our rivers and oceans for the future. The highlight of the weekend will take place Saturday evening, which will include A Sea Change panel discussion and walk-around reception in their new one-of-a-kind teaching kitchen.The interactive reception will give guests the opportunity to mingle with the presenters and chefs while sampling selections from Napa Green Certified Wineries and sustainable seafood.
Presenters for the featured event on Saturday night will be Hog Island Oyster Co. co-founder, Terry Sawyer; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher, Sarah Mesnick; TwoXSea co-founder, Kenny Belov; and Cakebread Cellars founder, Bruce Cakebread; along with 25 Lusk executive chef Matthew Dolan serving as the moderator for the panel.
Additional activities throughout the weekend include a Guest Chef Demonstration from Fine & Rare Seafood and Wine Shop co-founder Ted Wilson; a demonstration from Chef Matthew Dolan that will include a singing of his book Simply Fish: 75 Modern and Delicious Recipes for Sustainable Seafood; a double feature of the movies Blind Sushi and Of The Sea in the Copia Theater; and much more.
Tickets will be sold separately for each of the weekend’s events and classes. For a full list of events and to purchase tickets, click here. Following the April edition, CIA will then host their next event on May 5-6 with the theme of Terroir, and will feature activities related to terroir and a discussion led by experts in the wine community.
The May event will be followed by the CIA Sommelier Summit, a conference that explores the latest beverage trends and career development for up-and-coming beverage professionals. More information on the May event, along with ticket sales, will be released soon.
Future Conversations at Copia events after that will include Women! Trailblazers and the New Wave (August 4-5), Why We Eat What We Eat (September 8-9), Climate (October 6-7), and Heritage Breeds (November 3-4).