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    As the world’s premier culinary college, The Culinary Institute of America is widely recognized for providing a gold-standard education for students and unparalleled opportunities for food professionals to advance their careers, connect with industry leaders, and innovate for the future. This website and at-a-glance leadership program calendar offers a snapshot of how your company or organization can be a part of the conversation.

    Here are just a few of the many ways you can get involved in the CIA’s industry-shaping initiatives.

    • Attend Menus of Change and join other industry leaders as you position your business for a more sustainable, healthy, and delicious future.
    • Spend three days at the Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival learning and tasting dishes from some of the world’s preeminent chefs to spark your culinary creativity for global cuisines.
    • Build valuable professional relationships and support students pursuing a CIA education at events such as the Thomas Keller Golf Classic and the annual CIA Leadership Awards.
    • Engage with students and create lifelong ambassadors for your brand through presence on campus or donating your products for curriculum integration through the CIA’s Gift-in-Kind program.
    • Network with CIA and industry leadership by joining the Society of Fellows.
    • Or work with us on a strategic plan tailored to your organization’s needs and objectives.

    The possibilities are endless. By connecting with the CIA, you’ll engage with top sector leaders, innovators, scientists, trend strategists, and key decision-makers of the food world and beyond—and return to your workplace ready to re-think and grow your business. You’ll also support and have opportunities to interact with CIA students, the future standard-bearers of our profession.

    Come connect, learn, share, and shape the future of food and beverage with us. Here’s how:

    Explore engagement opportunities here



    Lee Ellen Kirk
    Senior Advancement OfficerCorporate Relations
    Office: 845-905-4274, Cell: 717-994-0940

    David Hattenbach
    Director – Corporate Relations, Strategic Initiatives
    Office: 707-967-2400




    The industry complement to our degree programs, CIA Consulting leverages the expertise and diversity of the entire college faculty—more than 150 culinary, service, operations, financial, science, and nutrition authorities—and translates valuable information from our leadership conferences into practical, actionable programs for companies. The Consulting team can help you apply that intelligence toward your own business goals, through experiential learning and guidance on our campuses or at your workplace.


    Dave Kamen ’87, CMC
    Director—CIA Consulting, Client Engagement
    Office: 845-451-1386


    The CIA’s Digital Media team is ready to help you connect with decision-makers throughout the food world. We offer customer content and video production, studio kitchen locations, on-camera chef talent, recipe development, content distribution, and digital marketing—all customized to your needs and goals, with the special touches that make our award-winning team so sought-after in the field. We also bring the college’s leadership initiatives to large, national audiences through webcasts, online resources, and its James Beard Award–winning global, field-based video production.  Learn more about Digital Media capabilities here.


    John Barkley
    Director—Digital Media, Strategic Initiatives

    The CIA at Copia: A Center for Thought Leadership and Knowledge

    Feel the energy and indulge all your senses at this food and wine mecca. The CIA at Copia is every bit the “foodie wonderland” The New York Times describes, with endless flavorful experiences, classes, and lively events for professionals and consumers alike. Drawing on all the resources of the CIA and its campuses, Copia provides unparalleled opportunities for industry collaboration to help drive innovation in the $800 billion foodservice sector through leadership programs, consulting services, national and global summits, and more. It’s part of the vibrant Oxbow district in California’s world-famous Napa Valley—you won’t find a better location for a meeting, corporate retreat, professional development program, or team-building event. Or, hold a social reception or gala celebration at one of our stunning venues. Our expert team, exceptional resources, versatile spaces, and unique food and beverage experiences add up to an absolutely memorable event, large or small. Copia provides fabulous consumer experiences as well. Come relax, learn, play, dance, taste—and have the time of your life in a food-centric setting as only the CIA can deliver it. It’s no wonder Sonoma Magazine calls Copia “Disneyland for food and wine geeks."

    CIA Campuses

    Each CIA campus has its own distinctive flavor, making them premier destinations for special events, business and sales meetings, and corporate retreats. Set along the beautiful Hudson River, our New York campus boasts breathtaking views and both contemporary and classic indoor spaces. The CIA at Greystone in St. Helena is housed in the former Christian Brothers Winery, a majestic, castle-like setting. As a part of the vibrant Pearl complex, CIA San Antonio offers an outdoor live-fire kitchen as well as Savor, which was named one of the 2020 Best New Restaurants in Texas, by Texas Monthly magazine. And CIA Singapore boosts state-of-the-art facilities on the campus of Temasek Polytechnic. All of our campuses offer world-class food and service and will make a memorable impression on your guests.

  • For Program Details

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    500 First Street
    Napa, CA 94559


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    David Hattenbach
    Director – Corporate Relations, Strategic Initiatives


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    Associate Director - Marketing Communications, Strategic Marketing


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    The Culinary Institute of America at Copia
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    Napa, CA 94559

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