Napa’s Newest Culinary Destination at Vista Collina

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  • by JULIA CHANG
  • on APRIL 8, 2019
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Have you ever entertained daydreams about cooking in a state-of-the-art kitchen? Wowing dinner party guests with your restaurant-worthy culinary skills? Impressing your friends with beautiful, seasonal dishes that pair with your favorite vintages?

If you’re ready to don that apron and actualize some of those foodie dreams, the shiny new Food & Wine Center at Vista Collina Resort in Napa offers cooking classes for at-home chefs and culinary enthusiasts of all levels. Learn how to cook and bake from one convenient Napa location, thanks to a variety of instructional and hands-on classes, and do it all while enjoying some of the world’s best wine. Chef Mackenzie Rupp, Vista Collina Resort’s Chef de Cuisine, has described the program as being friendly, fun, and of course, delicious. “Recipes that are approachable,” she says, “but that people are maybe afraid to make at home, is our favorite kind of thing to teach at our cooking classes at the Food & Wine Center.”

It’s this everyone-can-cook approach that drives the program, and is evidenced by the type of friendly, no-pressure cooking classes offered by the Food & Wine Center — an extension of the welcoming vibe found throughout the resort and tasting Village. We’ve rounded up a few of the center’s upcoming classes, from those that are special, rotating partnerships to others that happen more regularly. Either way, classes book up fast, so be sure to plan well in advance to enjoy this flavorful side of Napa Valley.

Family Friendly

Easter Egg & Cookie Decorating

Indulge in your child’s creative spirit with this Easter weekend celebration. The Village’s talented pastry team will supply everything needed for you and your little one to walk away with whimsical, edible masterpieces.

Cost: $20 per child (includes tax and gratuity)

Wine Centric Classes

Brunch & Bubbles

These classes are offered in partnership with local Wine Country vineyards and wineries. You’ll be learning from Chef Mackenzie Rupp, as all classes feature hands-on cooking before you taste the fruits of your labor, with a three-course brunch to follow, alongside champagne pairings.

Cost: $90 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Cakebread Cellars Cooking Class

This winning combination of a four-course tasting menu paired with wine from a renowned winery is a no brainer. Cakebread Cellars’ Culinary Director, Brian Streeter, will be doing a live cooking demonstration and sending the audience home with full bellies and recipe cards from that night’s meal. While this class isn’t as hands-on as some of the other ones, you can’t beat this deal for a private tasting menu with acclaimed wine.

Cost: $125 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Terroir to Glass

This popular instructional cooking class and dinner series celebrates everything you love about Napa Valley: great food and world-class wine. Offered in partnership with local wineries, the hands-on cooking class involves preparing (and eating) a three-course meal, alongside expert wine pairings by Cornerstone Cellars.

Cost: $90 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

The Perfect Date Night

Everyday French

If you can’t fit in that trip to Paris this year, having some delicious French cuisine (and learning how to make it!) might be the next best thing. In this class, you’ll learn hands-on techniques from Executive Chef Vincent Lesage, a Parisian native and graduate of the Institut Paul Bocuse in Ecully, France. And since it’s not a complete French meal without several glasses of extraordinary wine, you’ll enjoy your decadent meal with expert wine pairings from partner vineyards.

Cost: $105 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

For a full list of the Food & Wine Center’s classes, visit their website here.

And the luxury Napa Valley offerings don’t end with the culinary experiences at the Food & Wine Center, as there’s plenty at the resort to occupy your day — play cornhole or horseshoes on The Village Lawn while you enjoy a sun-soaked, gourmet picnic from Fivetown Grocery, the resort’s farm-fresh, artisanal market. Take a dip in the resort pool or relax with an on-site spa service at Spa Terra. Get your fill of wine and beer, thanks to eight tasting rooms and one brewery at The Village. There’s something for everyone at Vista Collina, and it’s all within an easy, beautiful stroll on the property, no matter if you’re heading back to your suite for an afternoon nap, onto the lawn for some evening live music, or to your second (or third, or fourth) wine tasting of the day.

Picnics on the The Village Lawn

Looking to make a vacation out of it? For a limited time, book a stay at Vista Collina and get your third night free.

Photos courtesy of Vista Collina Resort


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Author

Julia Chang

Julia Chang is a writer based out of San Francisco, California. In her early twenties, she made the transition from the eat-to-live to the live-to-eat type, and her waistline has suffered since. She works in tech by day and ekes out time to write about food and fiction on nights and weekends. She doesn’t sleep much. Follow her delirium on Instagram @onmywhimsy, and on Twitter @Jurichu.

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