september, 2022

24sep(sep 24)11:00 am25(sep 25)2:00 pmAmerican Bounty: Southwest Cuisine with Edgar Rico11:00 am - 2:00 pm (25) 500 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559

Event Details

Join Edgar Rico and special guests for hands-on classes, live music, a VIP dinner, masa demonstration, and more at Copia.

Southwestern Cuisine with Edgar Rico, CIA ’11

Hands-On Classes / Demonstration / Live Regional Music / VIP Dinner

Saturday, September 24–Sunday, September 25

Edgar Rico—2022 James Beard Award winner for Best Emerging Chef and owner/chef at Nixta Taqueria in Austin, TX—and co-owner Sara Mardanbigi join us for an adventure through the cuisine and culture of the southwest. We’re throwing a masa party and you’re invited!

Hailing from Austin, TX, Nixta is not a typical taquería. It treads a line between the super-traditional (they make their own masa and tortillas using heirloom corn from Mexico) and the unconventional (you don’t see many taquerias where duck confit stands in for carnitas). Edgar and Sara share their culture with others every day at Nixta through their food, and now they’re bringing it to Copia for a VIP dinner in the garden with live Colombian cumbia. You’ll also have the chance to take a masterclass in masa with a hands-on class or special demonstration. Plus, learn about Texas wines, make your own tepache, and take a cocktail class.

Hands-On Cooking Class with Edgar Rico and Sara Mardanbigi: Saturday, September 24 / 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Price: $225

Tequila Masterclass: Saturday, September 24 / 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Join CIA beverage expert Traci Dutton for this unique interactive tasting experience that will certainly change your thoughts on tequila. Plus, she’ll share her top-secret perfect margarita recipe!

Price: $65

Tex-Mex Wines Class: Saturday, September 24 / 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Join CIA beverage expert Traci Dutton for a special wine tasting class focused on wines from Texas and Mexico, from the bold wines of Hill Country to the best of Baja.

Price: $65

VIP Dinner: Saturday, September 24 / 6:30 p.m.

Chef Edgar and Sara share some of their favorite traditional dishes with us in a family-style meal you won’t want to miss. Live Colombian cumbia completes the dining experience.

Price: $125

Masa Demonstration and Tasting: Sunday, September 25 / 12 p.m.

Chef Edgar and special guests will give a masterclass on masa, a main ingredient in Mexican cuisine, and its many uses. You’ll also explore making your own tepache, and learn how you can use it to take your cocktails to the next level.

Price: $95

BUNDLE – Cooking Class and VIP Dinner

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE! A great value – Start your day off in our hands-on cooking class with Chef Edgar and Sara and join us in the evening for the VIP dinner for a full day of fun.

Price: $325

BUNDLE – Tequila Masterclass and VIP Dinner

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE! A great value – join us in the afternoon for the Tequila Masterclass with Traci Dutton and return in the evening for the VIP dinner for one great price.

Price: $170

This event is part of American Bounty: Celebrating Regional American Cuisines, a new annual summer food, wine, and music series at CIA at Copia.

Get your tickets now–these events will sell quickly!



24 (Saturday) 11:00 am - 25 (Sunday) 2:00 pm


The CIA at Copia (The Culinary Institute of America)

500 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559