Chef’s Notes

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Keep Calm and Grill On!

Lance Rood, Culinary Demonstrator, CIA at Copia Summertime is just around the corner. With warmer days and nights ahead it’s time to clean off the grill and enjoy the deep flavors of the flames. We’ve put together great tips to make your summer grilling experience easy and flavorful. So, fire […]

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About Napa!

Unless you are fortunate enough to live in Northern California, visiting Napa Valley is a true vacation. No matter the time of year, you’ll find extraordinary farmers’ markets, exciting food and wine events, and restaurants making the most of their neighboring farmlands. The abundance of distilleries, breweries, and yes, wine, […]

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Spotlight on the CIA San Antonio Campus

San Antonio is electric with energy emanating from the Pearl district, arguably the city’s coolest district to eat, drink, and rest your head. Located north of downtown San Antonio, the district is named for the former Pearl Brewery complex, which now anchors the neighborhood’s best shops, restaurants, and hang-out spots. […]

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Plant-Forward, Plant-Powered—Explained at Last!

By Chef Sandy Sauter Ever since we first listed our “Plant-Powered Cooking Boot Camp” on the class calendar, I’ve been getting questions. People asked, “What does plant-powered or plant-forward cooking mean?” Really, it is a very simple concept that is deceptively hard to explain because people want to know the […]

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“Ask a Chef” Winging it with Your Slow Cooker

By Chef Justin Ward Slow cooker-users are a devoted bunch, and if you count yourself among them, you’re in good company! They’re a perfect and easy way to create a warm and comforting meal as you escape the frigid temperatures outside. You may have a set of recipes that you […]

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Date Night at Home

Date night with your better half doesn’t necessarily mean making reservations at the newest restaurant in town. Sometimes you can create the best memories without leaving the comfort of your own home. Think outside the box when creating a dinner at home for two and try some of our favorite […]

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“Ask a Chef” The Perfect Game-Day Burger

By Chef Hinnerk von Bargen The burger is a culinary phenomenon. Ubiquitous in the American lifestyle, it has also been introduced to almost every society and culture in the world. Just about everyone who has had a good burger is certain to ask for another one eventually. Its worldwide popularity […]

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My Memories of Brazilian Christmas Traditions

Growing up as a part of a Catholic family, our Christmas traditions were to attend, or at minimum, celebrate a midnight Mass known as ‘Missa do Gallo’ (Gallo is a rooster). The church Mass is given this name, because it is the rooster that announces the beginning of the Mass, […]

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A Modern Take on Holiday Classics

Though it is the most wonderful time of the year, some Christmas traditions are less than perfect. While faithful devotees will tout the virtues of fruit cake and eggnog, unofficial and non-scientific research shows that many people think they are, well, the pits. Fruit cake and eggnog are related in […]

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Don’t Panic, It’s Just a Holiday Party

Reminders from a Reformed Over-Thinker Entertaining season is upon us, and there’s no time left to ruminate about the finer points of throwing a top-notch party. If you’re in the weeds (chef-speak for very overwhelmed!), here are some reminders to help you entertain like a person who has had plenty […]