Flavor! Napa Valley® Celebration of Wine, Food & Fun is an annual event that features world‐class Napa Valley wines alongside the Napa Valley’s master chefs and graduates of The Culinary Institute of America’s culinary education programs. Net proceeds from the event support programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena, CA. The event is hosted by founding sponsors Silverado Resort and Spa and Dolce Hotels in partnership with VisitNapaValley.com, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and the Napa Valley Vintners, and is produced by Karlitz & Company.
About The Napa Valley
The Napa Valley is home to the founders of America’s fine wine industry – legendary entrepreneurs who showed the world that the art of winemaking had crossed continents – and is prized for its natural beauty, phenomenal culinary scene, world-class hotel accommodations, robust arts community, and one-of-a-kind wellness experiences including the region’s famed spas, mud baths and healing geo-thermal springs. The area was voted the World’s #1 Food & Wine Destination in the 2010 TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® Awards, and is internationally recognized as one of only nine “Great Wine Capitals.” Visit www.VisitNapaValley.com for more information or to download the award-winning Visit Napa Valley Mobile App and join “The Napa Valley” community on Facebook, and follow @visitnapavalley on Twitter.
About The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering bachelor’s and associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world’s premier culinary college, the CIA has a network of more than 40,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Michael Chiarello, Cat Cora, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore. In addition to its degree programs, the CIA offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services for the foodservice and hospitality industry. For more information, visit the CIA online at www.ciachef.edu.
About Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents more than 425 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the world-wide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit www.napavintners.com.
About Karlitz & Company
Founded in 1990 by event marketing veteran Herb Karlitz, the New York-based agency has become a leader in producing food and wine events across the country, including the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, The Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival, and The Chocolate Show. The agency is known for creating unique events in the niche areas of food, wine, luxury and entertainment for a discerning roster of clients including American Express, Breeders’ Cup, Food Network, GODIVA Chocolatier, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Merrill Lynch and Relais & Chateaux. For more information, visit www.karlitz.com.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
Among the new elements of the second annual festival is an enhanced emphasis on Napa Valley’s long-standing commitment to sustainability. Since enacting the first Agricultural Preserve in the United States in 1968 and carrying through today, Napa Valley has the most comprehensive and stringent land-use and environmental regulations of any winegrowing region. Napa Valley Vintners has a focus on sustainable agriculture, and certifies wineries via its Napa Green program. Further, many of the Valley’s chefs are leaders in the area of sustainable practices. In 2012 the festival will support this commitment in many ways including the requirement that all seafood served during the festival be sustainably harvested as outlined by the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project.
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