Frequently Asked Questions

How do I RSVP?

The Innovation Summit RSVP tab is now active on the website. Click here to access the RSVP form with the email at which you received the summit invite.

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What are the dates of the Innovation Summit?

The summit will begin on the evening of Tuesday, March 14th at 5pm with a welcome reception and continue through lunch from 12-1pm on Thursday, March 16th, 2023. We recommend arriving in the early afternoon on Tuesday, March 14th to ensure sufficient travel time.

What is included in the Innovation Summit?

Roland Foods and AUI will be providing a multi-day immersive summit experience, inclusive of workshop sessions and networking opportunities.

We will also be providing a 2-night stay at the Napa Valley Marriott, as well as shuttle service between the hotel and the summit location at CIA Copia. For more details, visit the Plan Your Stay tab.

Where is the Innovation Summit located?

The Innovation Summit will take place at the CIA Copia Campus in Napa Valley, CA.
Address: 500 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

What is the agenda for the Innovation Summit?

The Innovation Summit agenda can be viewed here.

What is the dress code for the Innovation Summit?

Tuesday evening's welcome reception will be outdoors and we recommend business casual attire. The dress code for Wednesday and Thursday's workshops is smart casual—jeans are welcome. We will be hosting hands-on cooking sessions along with interactive brainstorming workshops, so comfortable footwear is recommended.

Will there be a keynote speaker?

Yes! We are excited to have Mike Kostyo from Datassential join us for our Keynote Presentation.

Mike Kostyo is the resident Trendologist and an Associate Director at Datassential, the food industry's leading market research and trends company. At Datassential, Kostyo oversees the company's seven TrendSpotting magazines, custom client publications, and he leads trend immersion tours and ideation sessions across the country. Kostyo was a recurring guest on Fusion TV's "The AV Club Show"; has been featured on WGN Radio, CBS Radio, and Gimlet Media's "Why We Eat What We Eat" podcast; is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines; speaks at numerous conferences across the country annually; and he was a judge on Food Network's "Eating America." He has a master’s in gastronomy from Boston University, plus certificates in the culinary arts, baking arts, wine, and artisan cheese production. He also serves as a board member and treasurer for the International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC). In his spare time, he teaches cooking classes and co-founded a monthly food swap in Chicago. For more information on Kostyo, visit or check out this article.

What is the nearest airport to Napa Valley?

  • San Francisco International (SFO) – about 1.5-hour drive to Napa Valley
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK) – about a 1-hour drive to Napa Valley
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF) – about a 1 hour 10-minute drive to Napa Valley

What hotel will we stay at?

We will be providing a 2-night stay for the nights of 3/14 & 3/15 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa. If you would like to extend your stay, please reach out to the to the hotel directly. Any costs associated with hotel extensions will not be covered by Roland Foods and AUI.

How do I get to and from the airport?

Please note, your transportation to and from the airport will not be covered by Roland Foods & AUI. We suggest scheduling a car service (a few local options are listed below) or using ride share apps.

Napa Valley Local Car Services:

  • Executive Car Service Napa Valley
  • Nor Cal Car Service
  • Anthem Limousine Service

How do I get to and from the Innovation Summit?

We will be providing shuttle services for transportation between the hotel and the event venue throughout the duration of the Innovation Summit. The schedule for pick up and drop off can be found on the Plan Your Visit tab.

Who can I contact regarding any event questions?

Please send an email to [email protected]