Worlds of Flavor®

THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA   |   

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL

Plan Your Visit (Accommodations and More)

Location

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is located about 2 hours north of San Francisco on Highway 29 just ¼ mile north of the town of St. Helena, on the left-hand (coming from the south) or west side of the highway. Our street address is 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574. For directions to the CIA Greystone campus click here. Find a map of the CIA Greystone campus here.

Accommodations

Attendees are encouraged to stay in the Napa Valley, in either Calistoga (located seven miles north of campus), St. Helena, Yountville (located 10 miles south of campus), or the city of Napa (located 25 miles south of campus). Click here for more information about Napa Valley accommodations.

Transportation and Parking

You are responsible for providing your own transportation to and from the CIA. This includes air and/or ground transportation from your place of residence and daily ground transportation. Because of the size of this program, unless you have been given an onsite parking pass, all parking for the conference will be at an off-site parking lot located just south of the CIA, supported by a regular shuttle service to campus (see below for the shuttle schedule). When you arrive in St. Helena on the afternoon of April 26, please proceed directly to the offsite parking lot:

Seventh Day Adventist Church (1777 Main Street, Saint Helena, CA 94574) - Head north on Highway 29 (Main Street). The church will be on your left. Turn into the driveway and attendants will be on site to guide you. The parking lot is less than a 1/2 mile south of the CIA.

Carpooling

Because we are tight on parking, we urge everyone to carpool whenever possible.

Shuttle Schedule

Regular conference shuttle service will be available for all attendees from the conference’s offsite parking lot located at the Seventh Day Adventist Church (1777 Main Street, Saint Helena, CA 94574). The shuttles will depart from the offsite parking lot daily during the program, and will be providing transportation to and from the parking lot and the entrance to the CIA Greystone campus, about a five minute drive. Please allow 10-15 minutes for shuttling before and after each day’s events.

Wednesday, April 26

- 1:15 p.m. First bus departs Seventh Day Adventist Church for general conference registration (Shuttle will run in continuous loops)
- 8:45 p.m.
Last bus departs Greystone for off-site parking lot

Thursday, April 27

- 7:15 a.m. First bus departs Seventh Day Adventist Church for general conference registration (Shuttle will run in continuous loops)
- 6:15 p.m.
Last bus departs Greystone for off-site parking lot

Friday, April 28

- 7:15 a.m. First bus departs Seventh Day Adventist Church for general conference registration (Shuttle will run in continuous loops)
- 2:30 p.m.
Last bus departs Greystone for off-site parking lot

Conference Registration (Wednesday, April 26)

General Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Atrium, just inside the main entrance of Greystone. The first shuttle will depart from the off-site parking lots at 1:15 p.m. Please note that you will not be able to register before 1:30 p.m. After you register – and before the opening session of the conference gets started at 3 p.m. – the Opening Global Flavor Discovery Reception will take place on our Outdoor Herb Terrace, featuring food, beverage, and cocktail stations with tastings from many of our presenting chefs, and live cultural entertainment.

Download the Conference App

You should already have received a separate announcement about our conference app, including instructions on how to download this free app to your mobile device. The award-winning app will be an incredible resource for planning your time at Worlds of Flavor, allowing for you to easily connect with fellow attendees, find out more about sponsors and presenters, view general session and seminar recipes and presentations, and so much more! We encourage you to download the app before arriving on campus.

Signing Up for Concurrent Activities

In March, you should have received an email with details on the online registration system for breakout sessions. If you haven’t done so already, please register online for the 2017 Worlds of Flavor workshops by logging in at www.tinyurl.com/WOF2017login, or through the “Modify Registration” icon in the conference app. You will need your confirmation number and email to log in. Registration will not close, and you will be able to change your sessions throughout the conference. Please see the Conference Hospitality Desk on the 2nd floor landing for questions and assistance, but keep in mind that breakout session availability is limited. You are highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to sign up in advance online for the workshops and seminars you’d like to attend.

Demonstration Workshops in the Teaching Kitchen

Kitchen workshops in the Teaching Kitchens, Outdoor Pachamanca Pit, Outdoor Live Fire Grill Deck, Wood Stone Outdoor Live Fire Kitchen, Ghirardelli Chocolate Discovery Center, Williams Center Kitchen, and Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant Kitchen, will consist of culinary demonstrations and presentations by the conference's presenting chefs, who will guide you through the subject at hand with tastings and demonstrated cooking techniques. Because there will be no hands-on cooking, you are not required to wear a chef's coat or bring any tools, though we do recommend wearing closed-toe, low-heeled shoes and long pants or a long skirt.

Using Social Media During the Conference

Enhance your conference experience – and expand your network – by joining the conference conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and using the conference hashtag, #CIAWOF when posting photos, quotes, and comments. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to like the Worlds of Flavor Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and Instagram, as we’ll be posting live throughout the conference. Links to the Worlds of Flavor social media accounts can also be found in the app and at www.worldsofflavor.com. Social media information for presenters is available in the program, on the app, and at www.worldsofflavor.com.

Conference Meals & Name Badge

Meals are provided as a part of your program as indicated in the program schedule (note that all meals are informal, walk-around affairs, as one would find in a world marketplace or street food setting). Your conference name badge will be your ticket to the meals and all activities included in the conference. You are responsible for making arrangements for any additional meals during your stay. On Thursday night, we recommend that you make restaurant reservations for after 6:30 p.m., to not miss the last session. Unfortunately, additional guests cannot be accommodated for meals; a full pass for the conference is required to enjoy the conference meal functions.

Note About Water Bottles: In an attempt to be environmentally conscious, we will be distributing a sponsored reusable water bottle during registration. We suggest that you bring this each day to fill from the dispensers onsite, so that you can stay hydrated throughout the conference.

Dress Code

Suggested dress code is business casual attire; chef’s uniforms are not necessary. Conference activities involve sitting for general sessions and seminars in classrooms, walking around to explore the marketplace in the Barrel Room, walking outside between various buildings on campus, and standing to watch the guest chefs cook at demonstration workshops. Northern California often experiences showers in April, so you may want to bring an umbrella to protect yourself from the elements. Our historic stone building is often quirky about temperatures in classroom and lecture spaces both large and small; please bear with us, and come prepared with layers for warmer and cooler environments so that you can adjust your own temperature accordingly. Comfortable, closed-toe, low-heeled shoes are suggested for those participating in the kitchen workshops.

Continuing Education Units

The CIA will offer 1.5 continuing education units for registered conference attendees who attend all sessions at the Worlds of Flavor Conference. Please see the second floor Hospitality Desk during the conference for an attestation form. This form may be submitted at the Hospitality Desk through Friday afternoon and a CEU certificate will be mailed out to you after the conference.

The Culinary Institute of America at Copia and Other Area Attractions

Traveling with additional friends or family? Our new CIA at Copia campus in Napa is a great place to shop, dine, and enjoy culinary classes and demonstrations while you are attending the conference. Please note that the Copia campus is a half hour drive south of the Greystone campus.

In addition to world-renowned wineries, Napa Valley offers many other activities to enjoy. Click here for information about Napa Valley spas, recreational activities, wineries, restaurants and sight-seeing.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Unfortunately, there are no refunds available at this time if you need to cancel your participation in the conference. Registrations are transferable only within the same category of registration, and an administrative transfer fee will apply. Please contact Caitlin Petrucelli at c_petruc@culinary.edu or at 707-967-2498 should you have questions on this.