Chuck Williams to be Honored with Museum at Culinary Institute in Napa

Chuck Williams to be Honored with Museum at Culinary Institute in Napa

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Tara Bellucci
Jan 19, 2016
At his shop in 1956
(Image credit: Courtesy Williams-Sonoma, via SF Gate)

The Culinary Institute of America is planning a museum honoring Williams-Sonoma founder Chuck Williams in Napa. Williams passed away in December at the age of 100.

The school has acquired 4,000 artifacts from Williams' estate, including bread baking and culinary tools, specialty cookware, tableware, large and small appliances, and cookbooks. The 7,000 square-foot museum space will also host temporary exhibits.

Williams had a long history with the CIA; he was inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Hall of Fame in 2002, funded CIA scholarships, and is the namesake for the Williams Center for Flavor Discovery at the institute's St. Helena campus.

The museum is slated to open in spring 2017.

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