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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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Houston
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80 reviews 80 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Ohio
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Spreckels, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

All personnel were friendly, helpful and engaging. Enjoyed overview of cooking class and tour of indoor and outdoor kitchens with Chef prior to commencing food prep. Main kitchen facility is very large with several prep, cooking and serving stations. (Wear comfortable shoes). Team approach to prepare recipes selected by CIA. Best part was hearing Chef's and classmates stories about their... More 

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Oceanside, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

As I was driving along, I was blown away by this stone fortress. I had lunch in the cafeteria, wonderful food, even though they got it wrong. But I got free cookies. The cooking utensil store inside found me packing a few more items in my car besides wine. Wonderful stuff! Everyone was also so friendly. Not like in So... More 

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