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“A must see for a unique COOKING experience”

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore The Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley! Whether you’re a passionate home cook wanting to expand your skills, a fine wine enthusiast, a student seeking a culinary or baking and pastry arts degree, or an entrepreneur hoping to succeed in the thriving food business, you’ll find a wealth of inspiring programs here. CIA California Academic Programs Our Napa Valley campus offers: • Associate degrees with majors in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts, based on the same innovative curricula as the world-renowned degree programs at our New York campus • Certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies Custom programs for leaders and professionals in the food industry The Food Business School, our center for executive and graduate education • Programs for food and wine enthusiasts, from two-hour demos and one-day cooking classes to multi-day skill-building Boot Camps CIA California Faculty The quality of our faculty is one of the top reasons the CIA is the world’s best culinary college. All of our 150+ faculty members across three U.S. campuses are dedicated and talented teachers, each possessing a unique and diverse set of skills and experiences that they’re eager to share with you. The person leading your class might be an acclaimed master chef, an executive from a major food business, the owner of a world-famous restaurant, a published author, or a master sommelier. The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone Built in the late 19th century and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our impressive Greystone facility in St. Helena was once home to the Christian Brothers Winery. Here, you can: • Dine in the new Gatehouse Restaurant. • Enjoy an espresso and a freshly baked pasty from The Bakery Cafe by illy while taking in the view of the surrounding vineyards from the front terrace. • Shop for everything culinary in the Spice Islands Marketplace. • Enjoy a cooking demonstration or a class for food and wine enthusiasts. Visit the Vintners Hall of Fame in the historic Barrel Room, and marvel over the amazing collection of 1000+ corkscrews displayed in the main entry hall.
Thousand Oaks, California
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“A must see for a unique COOKING experience”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Great history in the building -- but very cool on the inside - shopping - tours - experience food sensory lessons

Worth the time to explore - shop - EAT

....and walk away feeling like your learned something....

Visited May 2013
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Kennett, Missouri
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“A Cook's Dream”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

I'm not a cook, but it was still an interesting place. We didn't eat here on this trip but have on the past and found the food to be very good. Go to the second floor to see the wine barrels from the former owners of this winery. Look at the incredibly interesting corkscrews. I asked the receptionist if she knew the famous American who lived in Hyde Park, their primary property in the U.S. and she didn't. They also don't seem to know the stone used to make Graystone. It's worthy of some research.

Visited May 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Great Lunch”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

If you enjoy great food this is worth a lunch visit. Sitting in the dining room watching the students was a highlight for us. Everyone extremely friendly and very informative. Our server was 2 weeks away from graduating and her knowledge of the dishes was fabulous. Definite repeat visit for us.

Visited April 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Great non-wine related attraction!!”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

With my wife being pregnant, finding things to do in Napa (we planned and booked before we found out) that weren't related wine related was a bit of a challenge. Luckily there is a CIA campus in St. Helena.

We got there in time for the afternoon tour, which while mostly geared to prospective students, was informative. Our guide explained the history of Greystone and how it came to be a campus for the CIA. The tour is about 30-45 minutes in length. The restaurant here is also very good.

The Spice Island store is also a highlight and you receive 10% off items when you take the tour. Very good if you're looking for a few tools and gadgets for your kitchen.

Visited March 2013
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Mill Valley, California
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“Tremendous amount of fun!”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Three of us booked two Video-lead classes held in the Spice Island Marketplace: the Wine & Cheese Pairing, and the Chocolate Tasting. For 20 minutes we sat with our headphones on, in front of a small selection of cheeses & 3 glasses of wine, being taught what makes a good pairing. For the next 20 minute class, we had the process of chocolate making explained, along with tasting samples. Together, the 2 classes cost only $25. We each learned so much!!! Can't wait to return for a more in-depth weekend class.

Visited March 2013
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