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Ballantines PR


Napa, CA – June 19, 2019 – Something’s cooking at Grove! Every Monday night from June through October, Grove at The CIA at Copia hosts a weekly Monday night pop-up featuring local culinary stars. Napa’s newest casual community dining spot welcomes chefs specializing in international cuisine to take over the outdoor kitchen and serve a menu of their design.

“The line-up of diverse chefs is a testament to The CIA at Copia’s continued efforts to celebrate culinary artistry from across the globe,” says Thomas Bensel, managing director of The Culinary Institute of America, California. “The weekly pop-ups complement the dynamic range of cooking classes, demonstrations, panels, exhibits and events, which all honor traditional cooking styles seen around the world.”

The rotating schedule of chefs and cuisines includes:

    Balagan—Israeli Kitchen, 6:30–9p.m.

    Balagan celebrates the Israeli kitchen through the shared experience of communal dining. Presented by Blossom Catering Company, which was founded by two alumni of The Culinary Institute of America, Itamar Abramovitch and Nate Smith, Balagan features a four-course, family-style Israeli menu inspired by European, Middle Eastern, and North African traditions while highlighting local ingredients.

    The menu features Burekas, Ara’eas Pita, Lamb Shawarma, Shish Kebabs, and Middle Eastern Potpie. Discover the magical flavors of this multi-cultural cuisine. Reservations are recommended.

    Blanchard’s Fried Chicken, 5–8 p.m.

    Fried chicken is the name of the game when fried chicken connoisseur and Master Sommelier Chris Blanchard pops up at Grove! Savor his Southern-inspired menu featuring, you guessed it, fried chicken. Other delightful offerings include buttermilk biscuits and decadent sides such as macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and coleslaw that can be enjoyed al-fresco at Grove, or taken to go.

    Contimo Provisions, 5– 8 p.m.

    Contimo Provisions provides a delicious new experience each month. For June, they offered an aperitivo—Italy’s version of happy hour—of flat breads, burrata, and house-cured meats, followed by a main course of wood-fired chicken, pork, and vegetables, and a vibrant, seasonal salad.

    Coming up in July, get ready for Burger Fest. They’ll be serving up all the diner classics, like patty melts and cheeseburgers, with their own twist. In August, Contimo takes on Taco Night.

    Estampa 5– 8 p.m.

    Every fourth Monday of the month, join The CIA at Copia Special Events Chef Rodrigo Vazquez for Estampa, a Spanish-inspired evening of tapas and ultra-quaffable drinks. All you have to do is eat and drink and Grove will keep track by stamping your tally card!

The June kick-off of the pop-ups has proven incredibly popular, with Balagan and Blanchard’s Fried Chicken selling out, and Contimo Provisions serving more than 225 guests. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they don’t miss out on this delicious dining experience.

To view the schedule of Grove’s Guest Chef Pop-Up Series online, please visit: www.ciaatcopia.com/grove/.Grove at The CIA at Copia is located at 500 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559.


About The CIA at Copia:

Hailed a “foodie wonderland” by The New York Times, The CIA at Copia is The Culinary Institute of America’s epicurean destination in downtown Napa, designed for the public to immerse in the past, present, and future of food. Located in the Oxbow District, it offers an array of enticing culinary experiences delivered by CIA chefs and experts. The CIA at Copia hosts hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations, lively public events and art exhibits, a signature garden-to-table restaurant, cult wine tastings from K. LAZ Wine Collection, an exclusive 3D interactive dining experience, a late-night outdoor venue with bocce, Napa’s own Contimo Provisions casual eatery, a culinary marketplace, and The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum. The CIA at Copia is also a unique setting for weddings and private events.

For more information visit  www.ciaatcopia.com and follow on Instagram (@CIAatCopia), Facebook (@CIAatCopia) and Twitter (@CIAatCopia).