Topeka is teaming up with The Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier culinary college, for an exciting live cooking series, entitled, “Around The Kitchen Table.” Notable CIA alumni, Maneet Chauhan, Johnny Hernandez, Katianna Hong, and J J Johnson are inviting participants into their kitchens—virtually—and sharing their expertise in these interactive, personal events. View event schedule and additional information.

The series is made possible by The Vale Fox Distillery. Participants have the option of making a donation to support scholarships for CIA students—the future leaders of the food industry. Vale Fox will be matching those donations. More information on ticket pricing and packages below:

Free (RSVP): Access to general view only and ability to ask questions via chat

$10 Donation: Enters ticketholders into drawing for a chance to ask the chef a question during the live Q&A

$50 Donation (Limited amount available): Guaranteed access and ability to ask question during the live Q&A

$100 Donation (Limited amount available): Backstage pass—a 15-minute virtual meet-and-greet with the chef

About The Culinary Institute of America:

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science and applied food studies. Its conferences, leadership initiatives and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas and Singapore. For more information, visit

About The Vale Fox Distillery:

The Vale Fox Distillery is a new, small-batch estate located on a 120-acre plot amid the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley region of New York State. They currently offer ultra-premium Tod & Vixen’s Gin, inspired by the finest botanicals selected to meld perfectly with classic cocktails. A series of barrel-aged gins and a limited-edition American single malt whiskey are also in progress.

Operations are run by its founder, Eral Gokgol-Kline, a former business investment expert for ventures across the globe. Beverage industry leaders Arthur Shapiro, Harry Cockburn, Douglas Cruikshank and the late Jim Swan each had a distinct role in the distillery’s creation. Revered cocktail professionals Gaz Regan, Leo Robitschek and Jeffery Morgenthaler applied their expertise to the development of Tod & Vixen’s Gin. Rounding out the team is Master Distiller Eric Bachli, an award-winning brewer-turned-distiller with a degree in Biotechnology from Harvard University Extension.

About Topeka:

Topeka brings fans face-to-face with their favorite artists via live video Hang Sessions and “Front Row” shows, creating once-in-a-lifetime moments. From mini-concerts and listening parties to private lessons, workshops and more, Topeka offers an array of experiences to form personal relationships between artist and fan. Their innovative “Front Row” shows create authentic, one-on-one connections, offering the unique opportunity for ticketholders to engage with their favorite artists during the performance, with the list of participating artists including Band of Horses, Tank and the Bangas, Jason Isbell, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, John Hiatt and more, continuing to grow. Learn more about the Front Row Experience HERE. Learn more about Topeka: The New York Times, NBC News, Rolling Stone Country, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tennessean, Billboard.

Each Hang Session supports Topeka’s partnership with Circles Morningside, the Atlanta-based chapter of Circles USA, and their 12-week Apprenticeship Program. For more details visit

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman, Carla Sacks, and Kate Rakvic, 212.741.1000 at Sacks Co.