The Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California, is a stylish wedding venue. From the rehearsal dinner to the reception, a wine-country celebration at this unique setting abounds with unforgettable moments. Couples are invited to experience special toasts with regional wines in a chic, contemporary setting. This venue hosts ceremonies and receptions, but couples can also hold their engagement party, shower, and rehearsal dinner here. The sister campus in Greystone, California, is also available for romantic milestones.
Facilities and Capacity
The Culinary Institute of America offers a selection of spaces for couples to choose from, with a maximum capacity of 1,000 guests at a standing reception. Couples who have envisioned an outdoor ceremony are invited to the culinary gardens, where 200 of their loved ones can watch them exchange vows. The Atrium, the largest event room, is filled with natural light and can seat 400 guests for a banquet. The tiered amphitheater overlooking the Napa River is a one-of-a-kind setting for a wedding celebration and accommodates 400 seated people. The amphitheater's patio is also available for a more intimate reception surrounded by lush olive trees.
The dedicated team at The Culinary Institute of America is on hand to support and guide couples as they plan their big day. They offer a range of plans to suit the different types of weddings couples might want. Certain features are part of every package, including tables, chairs, tableware, linens, and votives. The team is happy to work with the to-be-weds to create a unique menu and find the perfect beverage pairings. Their assistance is also available with event decor and creating innovative ways for guests to experience masterfully crafted food.
Catering takes center stage at this memorable wedding venue. Menus are created based on the season, for the freshest dishes possible. Food can be served in a buffet or banquet, as well as hors d'oeuvres and stations. Guests can browse local cheese and antipasti stations as they mingle at an elegant cocktail reception and make a toast to the newlyweds. Seated dinners boast options like sea bass, wild mushroom risotto, and summer fruit salad. Desserts are equally delectable, but can also be replaced with a wedding cake.
9 Reviews for The Culinary Institute of America
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Mijiza S. · Married on 10/20/2019
My husband & I are both foodies! Our favorite place in our house is the kitchen. We have taken several cooking classes at CIA & love the venue. We were so delighted to find out that the do weddings there. Andrea was a joy to work with. She listed to our needs, was super responsive & flexible & just plain awesome. I could not have dreamed of a more perfect venue in wine country to start our lives together. Our friends and family are still talking about how amazing the food was.Sent on 11/06/2019
The Culinary Institute of America's reply:Thank you Mijiza, it was such a pleasure working with you and Thank You for choosing the Culinary Institute of America for your big day- can't wait to see pictures!!
Holly O. · Married on 10/12/2019
Incredible service, excellent food, large beautiful space
Wow! Greystone did a fabulous job of making our daughter’s wedding an event to remember. The food for 185 people was delicious; the service was beyond attentive; and the professionalism of the staff was outstanding. No need to look elsewhere. This is a 10 stars out of 5 venue.Sent on 10/21/2019
The Culinary Institute of America's reply:Thank you so much Holly, it was such a pleasure working with you throughout the process and making this day special. We wish Erin and Evan all the best in their life together!
Vernon L. · Married on 08/11/2019
Wonderful people at a wonderful venue made for a wonderful wedding
Could not say more nice things about this place. Every single person we worked with here was incredible in every way: responsiveness, helpful, clear, professional, kind, and accommodating. Even the wait and service staff on the day off went above and beyond for us. Hugely grateful to everyone, and especially Andrea, Sonia, and Ursula for all their help (and patience) coordinating the event.
But even moreso: the space itself is both massive, varied, and gorgeous. The different shots we were able to get with our photographer makes it seem like we went to different parts of Napa just to get the shots. It was an absolutely stunning place to get married, and we could not be happier.
Finally, the food: likely the best wedding food we've ever had, and according to our guests, the best they've ever had as well. Even just the food during cocktail hour got high praise from otherwise picky family members. The place truly loves up to his name, and the Chef and pastry Chef did an absolutely amazing job (wish I could remember their names, but even during our tastings, they were incredibly kind and helpful).
We could not have been happier with going with this place, truly.Sent on 08/13/2019
The Culinary Institute of America's reply:Hi Vernon and Mabel,
Book your wedding for January-April 2020 and recevie 15% off our package pricing. $12K food and beverage minimum applies. Please inquire!