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The Culinary Institute of America Greystone

Saint Helena , CA
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LOCATION

2555 Main Street
Saint Helena, CA 94574 US (map)

PHONE

707-967-2307

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Wine Country Weddings and Special Events

Looking for the perfect venue for your special event? Come to the CIA in California’s spectacular Napa Valley. Our experienced team... Read more
Wine Country Weddings and Special Events

Looking for the perfect venue for your special event? Come to the CIA in California’s spectacular Napa Valley. Our experienced team of culinary and hospitality professionals can assist you with every aspect of planning and hosting:

Weddings and rehearsal dinners
Corporate galas, team-building events, meetings, and conferences
Hands-on cooking experiences, private culinary demos, and wine programs
An Unforgettable Napa Valley Venue
No matter what event you have in mind, you can be sure it will be in a setting like no other at the CIA at Greystone:

Gorgeous vineyard views that set the stage
Manicured grounds and fragrant herb gardens
Dramatic spaces in a historic building that’s as renowned for its soaring ceilings and hand-cut stone as it is for its cutting-edge kitchens and wine-tasting theaters Read less

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Describe your venue:
Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
350
What event services do you offer?
Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What event items are available?
Chairs, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Julia
Wedding:
6/20/2015
4.0/5.0
We selected the CIA because of it's dramatic architecture, stellar food and alcohol selection, and the "built in" services. On those counts, we were not let down.

The Chef and his team are open to making just about everything and anything you can imagine. When we had our tasting, we were blown away by the quality of each and every dish. We were concerned how they could execute such perfect dishes at scale, but we were not disappointed. The food on our wedding day was just as perfect as it was at the tasting.

Included in a contract with the CIA are lots of great "add ons". For example, the wedding cake, linens (they have a contract with La Tavola linens), glassware, flatware, tables of various sizes and shapes, and chairs are all included. This simply streamlines the whole wedding planning process.

My only issue in dealing with the CIA was the events manager. She was highly unresponsive via email and phone, which was frustrating and stress-inducing, particularly the closer we came to the event. I often had to ask questions multiple times before she would answer them -- sometimes addressing some questions in an email and completely ignoring others. She was also fairly unorganized for an events manager. During our menu planning and menu tasting meetings, we reviewed choices that had been made in terms of lay out, decor, etc. In both meetings, she had wrong information or didn't remember/hadn't documented choices we made earlier. Her disorganization and lack of responsiveness made me particularly nervous.

In the end, everything went off as planned and was exquisitely beautiful, but, I'm not sure how much of this to chalk up to the CIA or our kick ass wedding planner. Regardless, having a more professional, organized event manager would have made the whole experience much more enjoyable.

Overall, I would absolutely recommend the CIA for a wedding, but give fair warning on the potential frustrations of dealing with the event manager.
We selected the CIA because of it's dramatic architecture, stellar food and alcohol selection, and the "built in" Read more...
We selected the CIA because of it's dramatic architecture, stellar food and alcohol selection, and the "built in" services. On those counts, we were not let down.

The Chef and his team are open to making just about everything and anything you can imagine. When we had our tasting, we were blown away by the quality of each and every dish. We were concerned how they could execute such perfect dishes at scale, but we were not disappointed. The food on our wedding day was just as perfect as it was at the tasting.

Included in a contract with the CIA are lots of great "add ons". For example, the wedding cake, linens (they have a contract with La Tavola linens), glassware, flatware, tables of various sizes and shapes, and chairs are all included. This simply streamlines the whole wedding planning process.

My only issue in dealing with the CIA was the events manager. She was highly unresponsive via email and phone, which was frustrating and stress-inducing, particularly the closer we came to the event. I often had to ask questions multiple times before she would answer them -- sometimes addressing some questions in an email and completely ignoring others. She was also fairly unorganized for an events manager. During our menu planning and menu tasting meetings, we reviewed choices that had been made in terms of lay out, decor, etc. In both meetings, she had wrong information or didn't remember/hadn't documented choices we made earlier. Her disorganization and lack of responsiveness made me particularly nervous.

In the end, everything went off as planned and was exquisitely beautiful, but, I'm not sure how much of this to chalk up to the CIA or our kick ass wedding planner. Regardless, having a more professional, organized event manager would have made the whole experience much more enjoyable.

Overall, I would absolutely recommend the CIA for a wedding, but give fair warning on the potential frustrations of dealing with the event manager. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
The Culinary Institute of America Greystone responded with the following comments:

Julia,

Thank you so much for the honest feedback on your experience at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. I am very glad to hear that your wedding was everything you had hoped for regardless of the communication frustrations during your planning phase. Please know we have recently taken steps to ensure our communication, organization and follow-through on all aspects of events at the CIA will be at its highest efficiency.

If there is anything else I can do for you or issues I may address, please don't hesitate to reach me at 707-967-2307 or a_thomas@culinary.edu.

Regards,
Amy Thomason-Richardson
Special Events Sales Manager
The Culinary Institute of America
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Wonderful reception location! They did an amazing job from the staff, food and venue. The pictures are amazing! A lot of history in this building. Such a please to work with. The service was amazing and all of our guests are still talking about the food. Amazing night for all!!! So glad we found it and everything worked out perfectly!
Wonderful reception location! They did an amazing job from the staff, food and venue. The pictures are amazing! A lot of Read more...
Wonderful reception location! They did an amazing job from the staff, food and venue. The pictures are amazing! A lot of history in this building. Such a please to work with. The service was amazing and all of our guests are still talking about the food. Amazing night for all!!! So glad we found it and everything worked out perfectly! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Mrs.JBond
Wedding:
12/28/2008
4.9/5.0
This was our dream venue, delicious food and the service was amazing!
I dealt with Eileen and Molly and both were fabulous!
The Chef and Pastry Chef allowed us to make our own menu and everything was delicious!
They made everything very easy and memorable!
Everyone is still talking about how wonderful it was!
I highly recommend them!
This was our dream venue, delicious food and the service was amazing!
I dealt with Eileen and Molly and both were Read more...
This was our dream venue, delicious food and the service was amazing!
I dealt with Eileen and Molly and both were fabulous!
The Chef and Pastry Chef allowed us to make our own menu and everything was delicious!
They made everything very easy and memorable!
Everyone is still talking about how wonderful it was!
I highly recommend them! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Duchess
Wedding:
2/17/2008
4.6/5.0
We had a most wonderful wedding at the CIA. Molly, our CIA wedding coordinator is fantastic. The food is brilliant.
We had a most wonderful wedding at the CIA. Molly, our CIA wedding coordinator is fantastic. The food is brilliant.
We had a most wonderful wedding at the CIA. Molly, our CIA wedding coordinator is fantastic. The food is brilliant. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue

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