Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit

Napa, CA

Taste.  Cook.  Experience.

Plant-forward eating is becoming more mainstream here in the U.S., due in large part to the flavor-forward chefs, innovators, and food industry leaders who are focused on making healthful foods crave-worthy as well.  In May 2019, The Culinary Institute of America will convene a summit of the world's foremost chefs and experts, from regions that have been plant-forward for centuries, including the Mediterranean, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Blending the culinary inspiration, science, and strategy of its renowned World of Flavor and Menus of Change initiatives, the Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit will offer hands-on cooking opportunities, tastings, menu insights, and culinary strategy discussion.  The summit is a can't-miss for forward-thinking professionals seeking to leverage healthful, sustainable strategies for creating craveable, flavor-forward food that will help position their business for the future.

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  • Learn how to infuse your menu with on-trend, craveable plant-forward choices.
  • Get hands-on experience in a plant-forward kitchen.
  • Gain insights into winning menu strategies from more than 30 presenters and receive dozens of new recipes.
  • Tap into both tried-and-true and innovative techniques from global cuisines and cultures that have been plant-forward for centuries.
  • Leave with the inspiration, practical tools, and strategies to help drive your bottom line.


Below are the approximate start and end times of the summit each day. Download a program schedule here.


Wednesday, May 1

3:15 p.m.
Summit begins
7 p.m.
Summit concludes for the evening

Thursday, May 2

7:45 a.m.
Summit begins for the day
6:30 p.m.
Summit concludes for the evening

Friday, May 3

7:45 a.m.
Summit begins for the day
1:30 p.m.
Summit concludes