The Conservatory at Greystone

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The Conservatory at Greystone

About The Conservatory at Greystone

The CIA’s American Food Studies: Farm-to-Table Cooking is a conservatory-style educational model for students who want to be part of a community working to create healthy, sustainable, and delicious food systems.

Led by culinary director and legendary chef, Larry Forgione ’74, students will begin a journey to learn the concepts of environmental stewardship, food ethics, and facilitate the exchange of ideas as they explore these vital topics.

Students will receive a hands-on education on three CIA farms, where they will work with Forgione and Farm Manager Matt Gunn. The CIA farm locations at Deer Park Road, the Charles Krug Winery, and on the CIA at Greystone campus will be hands-on learning labs where the students will plant, nurture, and harvest ingredients.

Over the course of the semester students will taste and cook their way through the CIA’s farms and kitchens. At the end of each week, a student-led Farm to Table restaurant is open to the public featuring menus with an emphasis on freshness, seasonality, local availability, and simple preparations.

OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards winnerReservations

By Phone: 707-967-2300

We accept all credit cards.


Hours of Operation

Open: Friday and Saturday
Hours: 5:30–9 p.m.

Restaurant Closings

Each week our students are busy Monday–Thursday, sourcing and harvesting local ingredients, developing menus, and preparing cuisines in order to present you a delicious dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Please join us for this exquisite taste of the Napa Valley—make your reservations now!

Due to class schedules we are closed the following dates:

April 3–4, 2015
April 17–18, 2015
April 24–25, 2015
May 1–2, 2015
May 22–23, 2015
July 3–4, 2015
July 24–25, 2015
July 31, 2015

Dress Code

There is no dress code for this restaurant.


Williams Center for Flavor Discovery
2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574

Larry Forgione

Chef Larry Forgione, who graduated from the CIA in 1974, is hailed as “the godfather of American cuisine,” and has been credited with changing the way Americans eat today by embracing the virtues of our national cuisine and using only seasonal, local ingredients. He has worked in some of the best kitchens in Europe and America, and in 1983 opened An American Place, which earned three stars from The New York Times.

“I want students to learn the phrase ‘farm to table’ is not just a tag line or a marketing ploy,” said Forgione. “I want them to learn it’s a way of life. Only at the CIA will they get the chance to work with some of the greatest names in American food and develop an increased awareness about creating fresh food made with sustainable ingredients.”