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  • Leadership Initiatives 

    The Culinary Institute of America's Leadership Programs, spearheaded by the CIA Strategic Initiatives Group, help foodservice professionals learn more about the next wave of change crucial to the industry. Our conferences, invitational retreats, collaboratives, annual reports and white papers, and digital media focus on topics and trends crucial to the foodservice industry including flavor development, health and wellness, nutrition science, volume foodservice menu R&D, and sustainability.

    See the links below for more information on our conferences and retreats, and view the documents to the right for information on how you can engage with and support our work.

    Find information about bundle and save packages offered for our 2020 conferences.

  • Arriba Mexico! Latin American Cuisine Summit

    Arriba Mexico! Latin American Cuisine Summit

    Location: San Antonio, TX

    Our 2019 Latin American Cuisine Summit—Arriba Mexico—will focus on Oaxaca's diverse and dynamic cuisine. Over the course of two days, attendees will learn all about the culinary heritage of Mexico, as they explore Mexico’s culinary contributions, influences, and staple ingredients.

    Worlds of Flavor

    Worlds of Flavor

    Location: Napa Valley, CA

    The Worlds of Flavor conference welcomes more than 60 guest chefs and culinary experts from around the world to explore the best of world cuisines that are reshaping American palates and our industry. The conference is widely acknowledged as our country’s most influential professional forum on world cuisines, food cultures, and flavor trends.

    Healthy Kids Collaborative

    Healthy Kids Collaborative

    Location: Napa Valley, CA

    The CIA Healthy Kids Collaborative is an invitational initiative designed to accelerate innovation and deepen technical and professional expertise in K-12 school food. It is a unique and focused multi-year collaboration between school nutrition professionals, school chefs, suppliers, and other stakeholders to create and advance culinary driven, healthier foods for kids.

    Invitation Only
    Worlds of Healthy Flavors

    Worlds of Healthy Flavors

    Location: Napa Valley, CA

    This one-of-a-kind leadership retreat presented by the CIA and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings together the best of the world’s cooking traditions, innovation, and nutrition research to explore the next generation of healthy menu R&D strategies for volume foodservice.

    Invitation Only
    Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative

    Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative

    Location: Hyde Park, NY

    The CIA Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative is a dynamic membership-based initiative focused on crafting highly targeted, sector-specific, practical solutions that significantly contribute towards expanding healthy menu food and beverage choices within the foodservice industry.

    Invitation Only
    Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives

    Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives

    Location: Napa Valley, CA

    Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives is a collaboration between the CIA and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. During this annual CME conference, health professionals participate in nutrition and health research seminars led by some of Harvard’s most influential scientists and other leading nutrition experts, as well as hands-on cooking workshops.

    Flavor Summit

    Flavor Summit

    Location: Napa Valley, CA

    The Flavor Summit is an in-depth exploration of the art and science of flavor and of all the nuances of the food and beverage sectors of the hospitality industry that take participants to the frontiers of tomorrow’s dining experience.

    Invitation Only
    Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit

    Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit

    Location: Napa, CA

    This ground-breaking strategic leadership summit encompasses wall-to-wall cooking, tastings, and culinary strategy discussion—all based on the evidence-based framework of optimal innovation embodied in the 24 Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus of the CIA Harvard T.H. Chan School Menus of Change Initiative.

    Menus of Change University Research Collaborative

    Menus of Change University Research Collaborative

    Location: University of Colorado, Boulder

    The Menus of Change University Research Collaborative (MCURC) was founded by the CIA and Stanford University to create a culture of sharing and innovation within and among colleges and universities that use the Menus of Change principles in their campus dining operations.

    Invitation Only
    Menus of Change

    Menus of Change

    Location: Hyde Park, NY

    Menus of Change: The Business of Healthy, Sustainable, Delicious Food Choices works to create a long-term, practical vision for the integration of optimal nutrition and public health, environmental stewardship and restoration, and social responsibility within the foodservice sector and beyond.

  • For Program Details

    The Culinary Institute of America at Copia
    500 First Street
    Napa, CA 94559

    1-800-123-2468

    SI@culinary.edu

    For Sponsorship Opportunities

    Shara Orem
    Director – Sponsorship Planning and Outreach, Strategic Initiatives and Advancement

    707-967-2439

    shara.orem@culinary.edu

    For Media Inquiries

    Amanda Secor
    Senior Manager - Marketing Communications, Strategic Marketing

    845-451-1457

    amanda.secor@culinary.edu

    For All Other Inquiries

    The Culinary Institute of America at Copia
    500 First Street
    Napa, CA 94559

    1-800-123-2468

    SI@culinary.edu
  • Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit Information

    Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit

    Learn how to infuse your menu with on-trend, craveable plant-forward choices at the Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit!

    Digital Media Team Shoot

    Culinary Institute of America’s Digital Media team

    The Culinary Institute of America’s Digital Media team offers a wide range of digital services, from website development to webcasting and online marketing to online education. Learn more here!

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    A Passion for Pizza

    Watch The Culinary Institute of America’s newest documentary, A Passion for Pizza

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    Menus Of Change

    Watch the live webcast of The Culinary Institute of America’s Menus of Change conference.