Have you ever wondered how chefs created their culinary masterpieces over 100 years ago? San Francisco Bay Area foodies, this one’s for you.
Group Delphi’s Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum project is nearing completion. The exhibit honors Charles E. “Chuck” Williams, founder of the vaunted retail chain Williams Sonoma, but it also tells the story of the unique history of gourmet cooking. (You may know that the Culinary Institute is the world’s premier culinary college, but their campuses aren’t just for students. They also feature restaurants, classes open to the public, and gift shops.)
The culinary museum is located at the Copia campus in Napa, CA, and visitors will have the opportunity to view thousands of culinary artifacts from across the globe–some dating to the 1800s.
Working closely with the project architect, ARG, and the CIA Board, Group Delphi’s project team created sets of modular cases to showcase the historic cooking tools. Curated graphic design elements enhance the collection’s layout and reveal the distinct and robust culinary techniques of historic, high-end fare. The design of the displays and the environment align with the Culinary Institute’s distinct “culinary aesthetic” brand—white backgrounds with wood accents. Group Delphi oversaw the design and fabrication of all walls and freestanding cases to include a modular case furnishing system of risers and shelves to accommodate future updates.
Whether you’re an aspiring culinary genius, or you simply appreciate the life-affirming qualities of a delicious meal, the Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum holds magic for everyone.
Want to chat with us about a museum project? We’d love to hear about it. Get in touch with a Group Delphi exhibit expert today!