1.What are the registration deadlines?

The early-bird registration deadline is August 31. Advanced registration ends October 31. This conference sells out every year. If you want to guarantee your spot and get the best registration rate, we encourage you to register as early as possible. Once all spots are filled, we start a waiting list, but very few people are moved from the waiting list each year.

Registration for workshops and kitchen sessions open a few months before the conference.


2. When does the 2020 conference officially begin and end?

The conference begins on Wednesday, February 5 and concludes on Friday, February 7. Check the schedule for conference timing each day.


3. When do I sign up for workshops and kitchen sessions?

Workshop and Kitchen Session registration will open approximately one month before the conference. An email will be sent to registered attendees a week prior with more information and instructions, including the date and time when breakout registration will begin.


4. What if the workshop or kitchen session I wanted to sign up for is no longer listed?

If the workshop or kitchen session is no longer listed, it means it is sold out. If you would like to change your breakout selections at any point, you can do so in the conference app. The conference app will be released approximately one month before the conference, and an email will be sent to attendees with instructions for download.


No, there are no waiting lists created for workshops. If your first choice workshop is not available, check back often, as people frequently change their workshop selections in the weeks leading up to the conference. You may also be able to attend the workshop on a standby basis; more information about this option is provided when you arrive on campus for on-site registration.

5. Is there a workshop wait list?


6. Can I pay with a purchase order or credit card?

You can pay for your full conference registration with a credit card. You can also pay for pre- or post-conference activities with a credit card. If you need to pay by check or purchase order, please contact Caitlin Petrucelli at caitlin.petrucelli@culinary.edu.


The conference registration fee covers all general conference sessions, meals, and the one kitchen session and two workshops you sign up for. The only activities not included in this are the pre-conference and post conference activities (the knife skills class, winery tours and hands-on cooking classes).

7. Are all sessions included in the conference fee?


Groups of five (5) or more attendees registering together are eligable for a 10% discount. This special discount will automatically be applied during the registration process. Please note, all registrations within the group must be covered by one form of payment.

8. Is there a group discount?


Up to 3 months in advance of the conference (November 4, 2019), we will accept a conference cancellation and refund all but a $225 administrative processing fee. Between 3 months and 30 days prior to the start of the conference (November 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020), we will refund 50% of your conference fee. Unfortunately, there are no refunds or substitutions possible within 30 or fewer days (after January 6, 2020) before the start date of the conference. This is due to the complex nature of workshop registration and meal planning that must take place in advance. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.  Cancellation policies are "for any and all reasons."

Your registration may be transferred to a colleague within the same registration category for a $150 administrative transfer fee.

9. I've already registered but cannot attend. Can I cancel or transfer my registration?


Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives is ideal for healthcare and culinary professionals who are interested in learning the latest nutrition science combined with strategies for selecting, preparing, and enjoying a variety of health-promoting foods and beverages.

The conference is intended for:

  • Physicians from all specialties

  • Physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners

  • Registered dietitian nutritionists

  • Occupational and physical therapists, exercise physiologists, and other allied healthcare professionals

  • Insurance and hospital executive directors

  • Foodservice executives, executive chefs, and those responsible for foodservice within hospitals, K-12 programs, college and university campuses, retirement and assisted-living communities, nursing homes and military facilities

  • Mental health providers

  • Nutrition and wellness educators, counselors, and consultants

10. Who should attend the conference?


You will learn the latest discoveries in nutrition science along with strategies for shopping for, selecting, and preparing a wide variety of healthy foods and beverages. Click here for more information about topics covered in this conference.

11. What will I learn at this conference?


Yes, complete information on continuing education credits are available here.

12. Can I get continuing education units (CEUs) by attending?


You will receive your conference name badge during on-site registration at the CIA.

13. Where do I pick up my name badge?


Conference activities are held at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa. The main building has an elevator and is wheel chair accessible. Guests with specific dietary needs can provide this information when registering for the course and the CIA will try to accommodate those needs the best it can during the conference.

14. Are there accommodations for special needs at the conference?


Yes, Wi-Fi is available.

15. Is there free Wi-Fi throughout the Copia campus?


Yes, all conference PowerPoint presentations and most recipes are available as PDF files on this website for two years. Click here to access the password protected conference materials.

16. Will sessions and presentations be available for viewing after the conference?


There are a wide variety of hotels, resorts, and bed & breakfasts available in the Napa Valley. Conference attendees should book their hotel accommodations as early as possible. More information on housing options is available here.

17. Where should I stay during the conference?


The Culinary Institute of America at Copia is located in Napa, CA, which is located about one and a half hours north of San Francisco. Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference attendees are encouraged to rent a car while visiting the Napa Valley. There are limited options for public transportation, including taxis. The CIA’s address is 500 First Street, Napa CA 94559.

18. How do I get there?


Conference attendees must park at an off-site lot and use a free shuttle service to get to Copia. Complete information on parking options and shuttle schedules are available here.

19. Where should I park?


We recommend you bring the following items with you when attending Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives:

  • A refillable water bottle (for use during the conference)

  • A pen and paper (for taking notes) or a tablet computer, if you’re more tech savvy!

  • Business cards (for networking with like-minded professionals)

20. What should I bring with me?


We recommend business casual attire for the conference. When participating in hands-on kitchen sessions or the pre-conference knife skills course, you must wear full-length pants and flat, closed-toe shoes. Click here for more details about conference attire.

21. What should I wear?


Guests are not allowed into conference activities other than meals, and then only if a Spouse Meal Program ticket has been purchased. Details about the Spouse Meal Program are available here.

22. Can I bring anyone with me?


Children under the age of 21 are not permitted to register or attend the conference due to the ease of access to alcohol throughout the program.  The only exception is made for infants (one year and under) who are only allowed in the meal exhibitions with a parent who has purchased a spouse meal pass.  Children of all ages are not allowed in the general sessions or breakout sessions.  

23. Can I bring my child with me to the conference?


Meals are provided as a part of your program as indicated in the program schedule. Your conference name badge will be your ticket to the meals included in the conference. You are responsible for making any arrangements for any additional meals during your stay, a suggested restaurant list is available here. The conference is completely full, so only pre-registered guests and/or spouse registrants may be accommodated for meals.

24. Are meals provided at the conference?


In an attempt to be environmentally conscious, we will not distribute drinking water in individual bottles. We suggest that you bring your own favorite water bottle to fill from the bubblers onsite so that you can stay hydrated throughout the meeting.

25. Will we receive bottled water?


Conference dates are set 12 - 14 months in advance. The 2020 conference will be held February 5-7 at The Culinary Institute of America's Copia campus. Dates for the 2021 conference will be announced in early 2020.

26. What are the dates and locations for future conferences?