The CIA at Copia Launches "France Is A Feast - The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child"

The premier food lover's destination in downtown Napa unveils new touring photography exhibit, on-site events and more in honor of Women's History Month in March
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NAPA, Calif. - March 15, 2019 - PRLog -- The CIA at Copia, founded and operated by non-profit college The Culinary Institute of America in Downtown Napa, has kicked off Women's History Month with a touring exhibition of "France is a Feast – The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child," among other on-site events and offerings. The exhibition is presented by the Napa Valley Museum Yountville, and will call The CIA at Copia home through September 2, 2019.

Based on the acclaimed world-premiere exhibition from the Napa Valley Museum Yountville, this touring exhibit debuts with new text from Paul Child's great-nephew and Julia's co-author, Alex Prud'homme, and is sponsored in part by Oceania Cruises.

The touring exhibit features notable and rarely seen photographs by Paul Child from the years 1948 to 1954, the period of time during which he and Julia Child lived in Paris. The images include not only those of his, as yet, unknown wife but also architecture, street scenes, river scenes, fishermen, cats and much more that explore the effects of light and shadow, modernism and abstraction. Among the collection are images selected by Edward Steichen for the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

"As we celebrate Women's History Month, we are proud to recognize Julia Child for making such a lasting impact on the culinary world. We are truly fortunate that she has been a valued friend and supporter of The Culinary Institute of America for so many years," said Thomas Bensel, managing director of CIA California. "Many people do not realize that Julia earned an honorary doctorate from CIA and she regarded it so highly that she often referred to it as 'the Harvard of culinary schools.' She also helped fund the original Copia when it opened in 2001."

During the month of March, The Restaurant at CIA Copia will also serve a specialty cocktail, the "Founders 1946 Punch," to honor CIA founders Frances Roth and Katharine Angell. A percentage of the sales will be donated to CIA scholarships for women. The Restaurant at CIA Copia will also feature specialty dishes inspired by Julia Child on the menu during the month of March.

On March 16, stop by The CIA at Copia for Wine 101 with winemaker Laura Barrett, hosted by Clif Family Winery from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Enjoy a special hands-on sensory evaluation with a past, present, and future flight of Petite Syrah and food pairings by Chef Sandy Sauter. Next, venture to The Bank Café & Bar for a wine reception and light bites. Tickets are $25 per person, and complimentary for the first 20 people to RSVP. Call 707-968-0625 or email Samantha Newman at to RSVP by March 11.

For more information on the touring exhibition of "France is a Feast – The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child" or any other upcoming events at The CIA at Copia, please visit Admission to the exhibit is free during open hours of 9 am to 9 pm. The CIA at Copia is located at 500 1st Street, in Napa and is open to the public 7 days a week.

About The CIA at Copia:

Located in downtown Napa, The CIA at Copia is an immersive food lover's destination, open to the public, as can only be imagined by The Culinary Institute of America, the world's premier culinary college.

CIA has opened its doors to the public and invites guests to get lost in the exciting world of food and wine at this epicurean destination. Offering a state-of-the-art facility, complete with a stadium-sized teaching kitchen, demo theaters, an exclusive food museum featuring culinary artifacts, a retail store selling gems you never knew you needed from one-of-a-kind kitchen antiques to hand-crafted culinary wares and wines by local artisans, and a selection of dining options, there is truly something for everyone.

Peruse the CIA at Copia Happenings Calendar to enroll in a CIA-caliber cooking classes for the home chef (or spend a week in a bootcamp (if you dare), enjoy seasonal events including an outdoor screening series under the stars, or engage in food discussions with expert speaker panels. Take in the best views in downtown Napa from the outdoor garden, upper deck terrace, or amphitheater as you wind down with a glass of wine in hand.

Let us entertain you, as we feed your curious mind and your hungry stomach.

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