by Michael J. Shapiro | January 18, 2019
The Vista Collina Resort, a new  145-room Meritage Collection property in California's Napa Valley, has debuted its Food & Wine Center. The multi-use space features an exhibition kitchen with two fully equipped commercial cooking stations, four HD TVs and a number of interactive guest-work stations. Baking and cooking classes will be held here regularly to help guests best connect with Napa Valley cuisine and culture.
"I'm excited to welcome the Food & Wine Center to Napa Valley and offer a unique hands-on experience to the local community and guests," said the property's executive chef, Vincent Lesage. "Through the cooking classes I will be leading with talented rotating chefs, I hope to inspire our guests and locals through different senses to capture a reimagined Napa experience."
 
Groups can rent the entire venue for private events or culinary team-building activities for up to 40 people. Classes can be offered in wine or beer making, or healthy-cooking trends. Or groups might opt for the Kitchen Takeover experience, in which the chef will guide participants through the preparation of a three- or four-course meal with wine pairings, or the Iron Chef Takedown, a 30-minute team-building challenge to create dishes that will accompany chef Lesage's main course.
 
The Food & Wine Center is the latest addition to the cuisine-centric resort, which already featured nine tasting rooms that showcase local boutique wineries and microbreweries: Trinitas Cellars, Foley Food & Wine Society, GEN 7 Wines, the Wine Foundry, Napa Smith Brewery, Cornerstone Cellars, Jayson by Pahlmeyer, Mi Sueño Winery and Luna Vineyards. A retail shop adjacent to the center sells much of the same gourmet cookware that guests use during classes and activities.