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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

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Address: 2555 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone Number: +1 707-967-1100
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Activities: Leisure education
Description: The world-famous CIA's classrooms are home to some of the nation's top...
The world-famous CIA's classrooms are home to some of the nation's top chefs.
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Beautiful place. Interesting conference

I've been here for the taste of Asia conference. The building is beautiful. Truly exceptional. The conference was very well organised and well run. It wasn't cheap but there was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

My daughters-in-law and I had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend in St. Helena and the highlight was our lovely dinner at the Conservatory at CIA. Under the watchful eye of chef Larry Forgione the multi course meal is prepared and served by trainees at the institute. Our crew had been there 2 days and they all did a magnificent job.... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Just sharing facts for those of you who fall under the ADA. THIS INFO IS FOR YOU. I called the main office (New York) to place reservations for 3 people at the St. Helena campus. 1 for my daughter for her birthday and 1 for my husband for Father's Day and one for my self. Not as a requirement but... More 

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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I've been here for the taste of Asia conference. The building is beautiful. Truly exceptional. The conference was very well organised and well run. It wasn't cheap but there was a lot of content.

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Edgerton, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Even though The Cafe, within the CIA, was expensive, I had great customer service by Scott Molles. I ordered the grilled salad and when I asked if I could have chicken added, he did not hesitate to provide that for me, even though it wasn't on the menu. It was a cute, small cafe, with candy made by the students... More 

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Tustin, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

For $20/person you get a one hour professional cooking demonstration in an intimate classroom auditorium setting, a taste of the recipe made, and a glass of wine. The instructor was great, the recipe tasty, and the experience a lot of fun. Call in advance for reservations because our demo was sold out. What a fun time!

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Granada Hills
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Beautiful historic building in St Helena. Come in for lunch, or coffee and dessert, at the illy cafe. Great food, reasonable prices, cool european coffee house feel. We had a great onion soup and a prime rib, open faced faced sandwich

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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Wonderful food, wonderful service! Husband started with the oyster al a carte sampler, which he enjoyed. I started with the cauliflower soup, wish was some of the best I've ever had, when I exclaimed how much I enjoyed it, they gave me the recipe, which I intend to try! We both had the game hens for dinner, which was once... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We wanted a fun activity for our sisters' weekend, and the cooking demo and tour of the institute was perfect. The price of the demo ($20 each) was reasonable and we added the tour ($10) for a fun package. Our chef was personable, as was the student who conducted the tour. The site is beautiful, with several spots to take... More 

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Wayzata
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Gorgeous place to eat. Staff told us they were graduating in April so they were quite experienced at the end of February. Watch the tip: they already add it to the bill.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My wife and I were just driving by and decided to stop in to check it out. We took the tour($10). The building has a rich history which they explain in the tour. The staff was very friendly and it was something different than just wine tasting. My wife and I both enjoyed it very much.

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