August 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America)
500 1st Street
Napa, CA 94559, Napa
CA 94559
The CIA at Copia

Get zesty at The CIA at Copia’s newest culinary competition – the Salsa Showdown! Some of our favorite Bay Area chefs will gather in the Copia Gardens, where they’ll chop, dice, and slice their way to creating their best salsa recipe ripe for the tasting. Each salsa will be tasted by our expert panel of judges, and you can get in on the fun too!

Taste an eclectic array of colorful salsas during a walk-around tasting, then vote for your favorite. We’ll be awarding Judges Choice, Audience Favorite, and Most Innovative.

While there won’t be salsa dancing, we will have bocce and cornhole, and there will be plenty of salsa for chipping and dipping, along with ice cold beverages to wash it all down. Also, be sure to visit our two interactive stations where you can explore the spicy Scoville scale and learn how to make tortillas from scratch (with quesadillas available for purchase)!

Let’s celebrate the heat of the summer!


Meet the Competitors:

More coming soon!

Meet the Judges:
Announced soon!


Are you a restaurant or catering team looking that wants to enter the showdown? Contact Adam Padilla (adam.padilla@culinary.edu) for more information. 

PARKING: There is parking in the lot directly outside of CIA at Copia as well as across the street, but the lots can get crowded. Plan to arrive early and we recommend carpooling.

VALET SERVICE: Gilmore Valet Service will provide complimentary valet parking services for all Copia guests and visitors (with validation/$15 without) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

CELEBRATE: We host a variety of community events throughout the year. See what’s coming up next!