The CIA At Copia Takes Diners On A Two-Hour Global Dinner Show
It can be about the presentation and most certainly the experience. And it’s the latter that is the idea behind this unique dinner show, the Le Petit Chef Dining Experience at CIA At Copia in Napa Valley, CA.
The Le Petit Chef 3D Dining Experience at Copia is an immersive two-hour dining show that follows the route of legendary explorer Marco Polo.
Diners are seated and given sort of video story book, which uses 3D projection mapping to show images following a tiny chef along the route of Polo’s explorations. Courses are presented that follow the story of the book.
The menu incorporates 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.
Naturally, there is a wine pairing option.
It is part of the Skullmapping dinner series, which has a video on its website showing the concept and execution of the dinner.
This unique dining experience takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the culinary school. It begins with a 30-minute cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner show at 6:30. It is also an intimate experience, with seating limited to a couple dozen people.
The cost is $140 per person, or $190 with wine (that includes tax and gratuity). Reservations are required – in fact, the first two weeks sold out – and you pay in advance on OpenTable.
The CIA At Copia, operated by the Culinary Institute of America, 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.