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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.

Resources for Sponsors

Location: Napa Valley, CA

JUN 11 – 12, 2024

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.

Location: Hyde Park, NY

JUN 12 – 14, 2024

Read about the CIA’s Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus

Location: Stanford University, CA

SEP 30 – OCT 2, 2024

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.

Location: Napa Valley, CA

NOV 6 – 8, 2024

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.

Location: Napa Valley, CA

DEC 10 – 12, 2024

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.

Location: Napa Valley, CA

FEB 5 – 7, 2025

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.

Jen Luna

Associate Director – Sponsorship



Amanda Secor

Associate Director – Marketing Communications, Strategic Marketing


The Culinary Institute of America at Copia

500 First Street
Napa, CA 94559


Support your staff and students with the industry-acclaimed ProChef® online training solution. Developed by The Culinary Institute of America, ProChef® consists of 20 short courses that teach foundational culinary skills.

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!

Read about the CIA’s Principles of Healthy, Sustainable Menus

Watch our new documentary that highlights the best of plant-forward cuisine as we visit the restaurants and kitchens of the northeast, including New York, Brooklyn, and Massachusetts.