They have influenced the American palate, changed the nation's cuisine, and helped put the Napa Valley at the international forefront of outstanding culinary, wine, and hospitality: James Beard, Cecilia Chiang, Julia Child, Narsai David, MFK Fisher, Robert Mondavi, Jacques Pepin, Paul Prodhomme, Wolfgang Puck, Jeremiah Tower, and Alice Waters.
Commissioned by Bay Area author, radio commentator, and California Cuisine pioneer Narsai David and his wife, Venus David, the sculptures were installed in December, 2014. The public is invited to visit the campus to see these artworks free of charge. No appointment is necessary.
The Culinary Library at the Upper Valley Campus is home to an extensive collection of cookbooks and culinary related books. A large part of the library consists of a life-long collection of cookbooks generously donated by Belle Rhodes. In 2011, the school was able to obtain a nearly 6,000-book collection once housed in Copia's library. The Copia collection picks up the years where the Belle Rhodes' collection ended. Among this collection are wine books, cookbooks, books on whiskey cookery, on onions, cheese, chocolate, herbs, gardening, and kitchen tools.
Also in the collection are books of reminiscences of high-profile chefs and celebrities, culinary tours of the world's noted food regions and even a book on toasters and a collectors guide to Pez. These books are available to students in the Napa Valley Cooking School and to the community at large through SNAP, the Solano Napa and Partners Library Consortium.
Additional Culinary resources are available at on the Culinary Arts Resources page of the Napa Valley College Library.
The collection of pottery displayed in the Learning Lab and Library at the Upper Valley Campus was donated by Belle Rhodes. She and her husband, Barney, were instrumental in the establishment of the Napa Valley Cooking School and were long time supporters who generously gifted the college with an endowment for the culinary program.
The collection includes works by California artists Eunice Prieto and Sandra Johnstone. There are also some wonderful examples of Native American Acoma pottery.