The Culinary Institute of America has acquired the building and adjacent land that once served as Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in the City of Napa.
"The Culinary Institute of America has a long history with Copia. In fact, we were one of Robert Mondavi's original partners in the effort," says Dr. Tim Ryan, president of the CIA. "During the preliminary planning process, we decided instead—and with Bob's blessing—to acquire and develop the historic Greystone property in St. Helena on our own.
That was more than 20 years ago, and today we need further room to expand. Given that, we are excited to now be able to continue Bob's vision for Copia and the Copia name."
Totaling more than 80,000 square feet, the Copia building contains a 280-seat theater, two restaurant venues, a 100-seat demonstration kitchen and theater, library, retail space, classrooms, and exhibition spaces.
The College's new Food Business School, the world's first business school for food entrepreneurship and innovation, will be headquartered there. Programming is expected to be introduced in spring 2016.
There is also an outdoor amphitheater with seating formore than 700 and an array of outdoor gardens. Situated next to the Oxbow Public Market on First Street in downtown Napa, the college will be able to provide visitors and students to the burgeoning Oxbow District an expanded array of food and wine offerings.