Worlds of Flavor 2008Napa Valley, CA
The Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival, presented by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), is widely acknowledged as our country's most influential professional forum on world cuisines and culinary flavor trends. Entering its 11th year, the annual gathering has become a "must attend" for leading chefs, corporate menu decision-makers, foodservice management executives, suppliers, journalists, and other professionals. The event has become such a popular draw that it now sells out six months in advance!
The event is the college's flagship conference, and every November literally transforms the Napa Valley campus into an amazing crossroads of world food and culture. Each year it showcases the "gold standards" of world cuisines—from the Mediterranean and Latin America to Asia—that are increasingly reshaping American palates and the U.S. foodservice industry.
To celebrate the 11th anniversary of its ground-breaking Worlds of Flavor Conference Series, the CIA stages A Mediterranean Flavor Odyssey: Preserving and Re-Inventing Traditions for Modern Palates. This spectacular, multi-dimensional event brought together a conference faculty of more than 60 top chefs, market cooks, food writers, beverage experts, food producers, and other authorities from throughout the Mediterranean and across the United States. Conference faculty led seminars, conduct tastings and demonstrations, collaborate on special meals, and participate in the colorful World Marketplace held in Greystone's historic 15,000 square-foot Barrel Room.