All posts tagged: Napa Valley

A Visit to The Culinary Institute of America

Originally posted on Meals Under the Pressure Cooker:
The Culinary Institute of America is well regarded as the best culinary school in the United States. I was always curious on how the school cultivated many of the world’s most successful professional chefs. During a visit to The Culinary Institute of America’s California campus, I was able to find some clues. The Culinary Institute of America has four campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. The California campus nestles at the heart of the Napa Valley wine country, overlooking fields of grape yards and dozens of bustling wineries. When I visited yesterday, the school was closed for the summer break, but luckily, there is a one-hour cooking demonstration open daily in the summer to food enthusiasts from around the world. The demonstration is to simulate an actual cooking class at the school by a regular instructor in a real classroom. The instructor we had was Chef Ken, a soft-spoken man with a gentle smile. The demonstration was how to make the Italian version of Rissole.…

Nothing To Wine About: Napa Valley

Originally posted on Erin Leigh Ever After:
Visiting California was easily one of the best decisions I ever made. I have to admit, coming back to the East Coast was a little disappointing after being surrounded by vineyards for as far as the eye can see for five days. While in California I visited a few places, but I’ll start with my adventures in Napa and St. Helena. My two friends and I visited our other friend who is currently living in Napa while attending The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Thanks to her and her roommate’s hospitality plus great Labor Day Deals on flights, we were able to book a cheap trip with relatively short notice. Napa was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. For as far as you could see there were vineyards for miles and miles. When you rolled down the windows on certain stretches of the road you could actually smell the grapes. In Napa, our main priority was wine tastings. I mean really, can you blame us? CIA students can…

Napa Valley, California

Originally posted on Chey Chey from the Bay:
Day tripping to Napa Valley is one of my favorite things to do while visiting home in San Francisco. Visiting wine country has definitely taken on a new meaning since my kiddie days, but even if you’re not into wine, the scenery in Napa is unbeatable, the restaurant selection is on point, there’s shopping & galleries, pretty areas to stroll through and did I mention it’s beautiful and relaxing? It’s the perfect place to get away, and if you’re already in NorCal, it’s ideal to visit for just the day or weekend. Hello wining & dining at its finest! Here’s a look at what I did on my last trip to Napa Valley with my parents. I can safely say I wish I never had to leave, but alas I live in reality, and am writing this from good ol’ NYC. Napa Valley is home to some of the best food in the country– from Michelin-starred restaurants to neighborhood eateries, this whole area is pretty much a hotbed of culinary superiority. R+D Kitchen in Yountville…