Usually when I go on my local Food Travels adventures, I don’t get to bring my family with me. But I recently got to have my girls and husband tag along for a quick trip to Napa to The CIA at Copia for a Sunday turned Family Funday. Since this beautiful location is from the minds of the Culinary Institute of America, you can expect to have a delightful experience in food and wine (it is Wine Country after all). But what I didn’t realize is that they also cater to families through their cooking classes, proving their commitment to community and inclusiveness for families.
We started by having lunch in the Food Hall where we ordered ramen, pork belly sliders, and dumplings. We ordered too much food but I think that helped us hold over our hunger until the next activity.
Then, it was time for the fun. We signed up for a cooking class with kids called Family Funday: Lunchbox Magic. Since I usually make lunch for the girls, this was a perfect class to attend and have them be there to let me know what they love from what they learned. We learned how to make traditionally store-bought items with healthy ingredients that we have at home. I appreciated the make-ahead tips, like how to repurpose leftovers, and the girls loved wearing the hats and tasting the recipes.
After, we had a tour of the grounds including the gardens and Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum. We had such a great time that I found a kids cooking camp program that the girls will be enrolling in. I love teaching my children how to cook home, but there is just so much excitement to pull from when you’re at the CIA at Copia. I think I might enroll in a few classes myself since I would love any other reason to visit.