Colavita Brings Italian Culture and Education to Downtown Napa

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Long-Standing Partnership between Colavita and The Culinary Institute of America Expands with Colavita Olive Grove Terrace and Outdoor Kitchen at CIA at Copia

Colavita (, the leading family-owned specialty food producer of one of the top-selling extra virgin olive oils in the United States, is proud to announce the latest expansion of its partnership with The Culinary Institute of America (, with the opening of the Colavita Olive Grove Terrace and Outdoor Kitchen at the CIA at Copia.

Located in downtown Napa at the recently opened CIA at Copia, the latest expansion provides students the opportunity to host festivities and celebratory events all while engaging in hands-on learning about making the perfect olive oil, from harvesting to extraction and finally, production.

Colavita USA was founded in 1978 by John J Profaci along with Enrico and Leonardo Colavita and pioneered the first major brand of extra virgin olive oil in the US. The partnership with CIA became an additional platform to keep extra virgin olive oil and Italian heritage at the forefront of culinary education. From advancing Italian cuisine through The Colavita Center for Italian Food and Wine, to establishing the John J. Profaci Legacy Scholarship and sponsoring the CIA’s annual Leadership Awards, the Colavita family has remained committed to enhancing education and understanding of the quality of extra virgin olive oil for the last 25 years.

“We are proud to be part of the leading culinary college in the world, and we hope that the opening of the Colavita Olive Grove Terrace and Outdoor Kitchen at the CIA at Copia will continue to shape the education and experiences students have at the CIA,” said President and CEO of Colavita USA, Giovanni Colavita. “Napa Valley is renowned as a world-class destination for food and wine, and we’re happy to be able to expand our relationship with an esteemed and recognized partner here.”

Colavita is distributed in over 80 countries and is recognized worldwide as the top authentic Italian extra virgin olive oil. Colavita is the leading brand in premium extra virgin olive oil, Italian pasta, and Italian vinegar in the USA in both the retail and foodservice sectors.

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For hi-res images of the Colavita Olive Grove Terrace and Outdoor Kitchen at CIA at Copia please go to: For questions or further information, please contact Krisna Bharvani or Diana Zahuranec of Colangelo & Partners.

About Colavita:
Colavita ( – A long time ago in the quaint hilltop village of Sant’Elia a Pianisi, located in the Molise region of Italy, two small family businesses were born. They were both Colavita families. Today, the Colavita Olive Oil and Colavita Pasta companies are still family-owned and operating in the same town of their ancestors. They have since joined with another family-owned company, Colavita USA, and together they have shared the fruits of their respective crafts with American consumers for over twenty years.

About The Culinary Institute of America:
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, and associate degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also offers executive education through its Food Business School along with certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of nearly 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit

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