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2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northern California

  • August 25, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
  • Napa Valley, California


  • Limited number of scholarships for culinary students currently enrolled in CIA. Students are asked to serve as Fine Chocolate Ambassadors to help spread the word. To obtain registration code, please contact: Stephen.Durfee@culinary.edu

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FCIA Regional Meet-Up
Northern California 

Hosted at The CIA at Copia Campus
by Chef Stephen Durfee & Chocolatier David Upchurch


Culinary Institute of America at Copia
Napa Valley, California

, August 25, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Register online today!
Registration required to attend.

Second Annual
FCIA Regional Meet-Up in Northern California.

We're proud that our good friends Chef Stephen Durfee and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), along with chocolatier David Upchurch, are hosting the second annual FCIA Regional Meet-Up in Northern California. And have they got an agenda for you!

What's on the agenda?  SUSTAINABILITY

Emily Stone, Uncommon Cacao
Emily Stone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Uncommon Cacao, a group of Transparent Trade cacao operations including Maya Mountain Cacao (Belize) and Cacao Verapaz (Guatemala). Uncommon Cacao supplies delicious, high-quality, transparently-sourced cacao to over 180 craft and premium chocolate makers globally. Emily is an Ashoka Fellow and Unreasonable Fellow, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Confectionery News. 

Madeline Weeks, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Madeline Weeks is an incoming PhD student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she is continuing her ongoing passion for craft chocolate and value along the supply chain. Her work explores production and consumption within the craft chocolate movement. Most recently, she worked with an environmental organization in Guatemala to support an emerging women’s group of artisan chocolate makers. She has previously worked with smallholder coffee through a Gates Cambridge Award and Fulbright Scholarship in Mexico. As a publicly engaged scholar, she works actively with communities to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, innovation, and collective action. She'll share information about cacao farmer livelihoods. 

In Addition to the Presentation . . .

  • Tasting! Bring samples of your own chocolate, sample others and get some feedback. 
  • Explore The CIA at Copia Campus. Tour the beautiful Napa Valley campus and explore the restaurant and shops.
  • Networking!

Who is invited?

We invite FCIA Members, Friends and non-members from all over - chocolate makers, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers, educators, culinary students and other professionals who support the fine chocolate industry. 

Space is limited to 25 participants.

Please RSVP and register online to secure your space.

$25 per person
Extra cost if you wish to have lunch on site at
The Restaurant at CIA Copia,

Student Scholarships
There are a limited number of full scholarships available for current CIA culinary students. Students must register online with code provided by Stephen Durfee. 

Napa Valley, California
Exact address will be sent to you upon registering.

Register online today! 
Registration required to attend.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 21st  

More Information
Check out other upcoming FCIA Regional Meet-Ups
and photo gallery of past meet-ups


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