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Hello Everyone!

The sun is finally shining after a long wine country winter, our event season is well under way with summer just around the corner!


Many of our venue members are hosting open air events to be enjoyed by all. It’s also time for annual membership renewals and new membership offers!  With all this activity, I hope you find time to smell the roses, because they seem to be everywhere in Napa and Sonoma.


Membership Renewal time is just around the corner!  If you are a current member, be sure to renew for another year of great relationships and community!  Don’t forget about our HUG referral program to earn credit towards your membership.


If you’re not yet a member, May is a great time to join to take advantage of some savings.   Give us a shout if you want to chat or visit our Become A Member page for more information.  


Who attended the Second Annual Gala in April and had an AMAZING time?!  


Over 150 event industry professionals and their friends joined us at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for a night off!  What an experience! (ICYMI, see the photos below.) Thank you for your support!

I also want to send a HUGE thank you to our Gala 2019 Committee for planning a fantastic evening!  I want to particularly recognize:

  • Pilar Mustafa and MacKensey Giusto for spearheading this event. Your dedication and creativity didn’t go unnoticed.
  • Ken Sipes for organizing the Silent Auction and raising additional money for our chapter.
  • Betty Lok and the ILEA Napa-Sonoma Communications Team for all the marketing and social media blasts, and print material.

See our thank you note to all our sponsors and photos from the event right here.


As we wrap up another fantastic year, I want to recognize our 2018 - 2019 Board. Thank you for helping to create fantastic events (including our Second Annual Gala!) with more education programs and additional networking opportunities for our Members and growing our membership.  We gave our website a makeover, increased our social media presence by reaching out to you and showcasing our members, their companies and sponsorships (check out and Like our Instagram and FaceBook pages), and enhanced our Newsletter to provide more value and information.  We did some pretty amazing things!


My term as Chapter President will come to an end in June, but will remain on our Board. Although I will miss leading this team, I am excited for our new and incoming board, led by Madeleine Reid, and look forward to our future programs and events. Please welcome our new 2019 - 2020 Board!

I look forward to seeing you at the next event on May 9 at 32 Winds in Healdsburg!

Until then,
Heather Nelson
ILEA Napa-Sonoma Chapter President

Photo by Suzanne Karp

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