The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday, September 3, 2008:
"The last several months have seen a series of changes for Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa. Now there's another one...
"Celebrity TV chef Tyler Florence will become the center's dean of culinary studies, responsible for all food and nutrition education and culinary instruction. He'll come on board with the organization within the next few weeks, according to Garry McGuire, Copia's CEO."
Copia has also anounced other changes in services and programs, like their restaurant, Julia's Kitchen, named for the late television personality and culinary inspiration, Julia Child.
In 1988, vintner Robert Mondavi, his wife Margrit Biever Mondavi and other leaders in the wine community began to explore the idea of establishing a small institution to educate, promote and celebrate American excellence and achievements in the culinary, winemaking and visual arts arenas.
Named after the goddess of abundance, COPIA is a non-profit discovery center whose mission is to explore, celebrate and share the many pleasures and benefits of wine, its relationship to food and its significance to our culture.