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‘Le Petit ChefTM 3D Dining Experience at Copia’ pairs technology with fine-dining for a
one- of-a-kind experience at this culinary destination in downtown Napa

Napa, CA , March 2019 – The CIA at Copia, the premier destination for food lovers, founded and operated by non-profit college The Culinary Institute of America, is thrilled to announce a new interactive 3-D dinner show, ‘Le Petit Chef™,’ in collaboration with the world-renowned artists of Skullmapping™ and presented by TableMation™.

The CIA at Copia is the first venue on the West Coast, and only the second venue in the entire country, to house this experience. It will continue to do so for the duration of 2019, marking the longest residency of Le Petit Chef at any venue. Yet another way that CIA at Copia aims to bring the most interesting new culinary experiences to the public, the show utilizes groundbreaking 3D technology, and takes guests on an enchanting culinary journey around the globe. Beginning March 15, diners can book the experience for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 6:00pm with limited seating at each, and the first two weeks of shows already sold out.

‘Le Petit Chef™ 3D Dining Experience at Copia’ is an immersive two-hour dining show that tells the story of the world's smallest chef following the route of Marco Polo. Offering visual storytelling through different flavors, ingredients, sights, sounds and tastes, the show’s six-course menu will wow guests as they are taken on a global journey across the regions visited by the legendary traveler. The remarkable show is complimented by a unique gastronomic experience, designed by CIA-trained chefs, full of fun and surprises, with dishes incorporating spices found along Marco Polo’s route with a Napa Valley-twist. Menu highlights include Coconut-Curry Shrimp with Vegetable Noodles, Roasted Duck in Red Bean Paste and a Saffron-Cardamom Rice Pudding. Added wine pairings are optional.

“Our new Le Petit Chef partnership is another way to immerse both the local Napa community and visitors alike in a different kind of culinary experience,” said Thomas Bensel, managing director of CIA California. “Our goal at Copia has always been to bring the public into the exciting world of food that the CIA is known for, and create exciting, captivating experiences. Whether it’s through our daily cooking classes, our seasonal sustainable restaurant/garden, our rotating art installations and exclusive museum with over 4,000 historical culinary artifacts, or this new immersive theatrical dining experience that is making it’s first-ever West Coast debut at Copia, there is something for everyone. And, this just the beginning of things to come at Copia.”

Skullmapping™ is a world-renowned artistic collective based in Belgium, run by Filip Sterckx & Antoon Verbeeck. Through the use of profound artistic knowledge and combining it with the latest technology, Skullmapping™ tells captivating stories with stunning bespoke visuals, conceptualizing, producing and directing projects from start to finish. TableMation™ uses overhead projections to animate the place settings at dinner services with clever forced-perspective visual effects and character animations.

Tickets (advance reservation only) for ‘Le Petit Chef™ 3D Dining Experience at Copia’ are $140 per person, or $190 per person with wine pairings. Tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price, which can be purchased on OpenTable. The unforgettable evening begins with a 30-minute reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner show at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about The CIA at Copia, please visit www.ciaatcopia.com. For more information about Skullmapping™ dinner series, please visit www.dinnertimestory.com.

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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, an Emporium 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 gourmet restaurant, there is truly something for everyone.

Peruse the daily class schedule 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.

For more information about The CIA at Copia, visit the website www.ciaatcopia.com and follow on Instagram (@CIAatCopia), Facebook (@CIAatCopia) and Twitter (@CIAatCopia).