ILEA Napa-Sonoma Newsletter





 December 2017


    In this issue

    • Greetings from the President
    • Membership Drive
    • Upcoming Events


Sponsor Spotlight

    Encore Events Rentals  

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Encore Events Rentals is a well-respected, locally-family
owned and operated, rental company with three locations serving greater Wine
Country (Healdsburg Showroom, Petaluma Showroom, St. Helena Design Studio). We
house a complete and growing line of quality rental items which includes lounge
furniture, linens, china, glassware, tables and chairs, décor, bars, tents and much
more. At Encore Events we aim to keep our business scaled down to a level where
we can remain nimble and efficient while serving our customers with the
excellent care they deserve. Additionally, keeping our business small-scale
allows for our team to connect on a more personal level with customers and
offer exclusive account care and attention. 

Learn more about Encore Events Rentals!


Member Spotlight

Brooke Altman, Orchard Avenue Events

In 2003, while working in sales for a wine distributor and as a restaurant manager in Connecticut, Brooke decided that California was the place she wanted to be!  She packed herself up and moved to San Francisco in search of her dream job.  Brooke worked as an Event Coordinator for Knights Catering for three years, before moving to Sonoma to work as the Director of Events at Viansa Winery.  It was at Viansa where she became an ILEA member, and has been one for 9 years now. Brooke launched her own event planning company in 2014, Orchard Avenue Events, focusing on planning gorgeous wine country weddings and food & wine centered events.

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Learn more about Brooke and Orchard Avenue Events  


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Greetings from the President

Hello ILEA Napa-Sonoma Community and Happy Winter!

Can you believe that it is the Winter
already and the Holidays are upon us? We have definitely had a challenging and
unpredicted end to October and high event season. While you never think you will be the community that suffers
such devastation, the fires experienced by Napa & Sonoma Counties in
October have brought about the very best of our communities. As you know the
events industry will be managing the loss of many beautiful event properties.
In the last months, events have been transitioned to other properties
unaffected by smoke and damage or rescheduled completely for 2018. In addition
to this, as a Community, we will look to share that Wine Country is still open
for events. While we have experienced true loss in many parts of the counties,
there are still nearly 1,000 venues between the two counties to host
spectacular wine country events. We will continue to share this message via
social media outlets.  

This sense of obligation to our community will continue well
into the future as people rebuild both their personal and professional
lives. We fully intend to champion these businesses and venues the moment they
are rebuilt. With that said, I wanted to give everyone more information on
the Search Foundation
This is an amazing organization that raises funds to support everyone in our
industry during hard times. If you are wanting to donate or want to know how to
help, you can donate to the foundation and the funds will go directly to our
industry friends who have been affected by the fire. If you are someone who has
been affected, then you can apply for some financial support. Please contact me
for more information and check out the website.

Wine Country is
open for business. So please continue to come visit, eat and drink in our
beautiful region. On behalf of the ILEA Napa-Sonoma Chapter, we are here
to support you while we move on from this tragic event and rebuild our community


Heather Vieira 
ILEA Napa-Sonoma President

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Encore Events Rentals

Upcoming Membership Drive



has been a year for the history books here in Napa & Sonoma Counties. From
the heaviest rains in the winter to the fires in the fall, the events community
has faced many moments of adversity this year and come out with a greater sense
of strength, resolve, ingenuity and love for our industry.


we move into 2018, we invite you to join those already an active part of our
organization. ILEA Napa – Sonoma continues to grow, share and cultivate the
very best events in wine country and it is only possible because of our
close-knit membership.


will be offering a six-month, pro-rated membership for $249 beginning on Jan. 8th
– Jan. 17th. Join during this time using the code NAPASAVE50 to save
the $50 application fee. 

The benefits of joining  and renewing  your memberships with ILEA Napa Sonoma are endless–but below you will find a reminder of a few highlights of what ILEA has to offer! 

Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP)

CSEP provides a unique opportunity for ILEA in the events and certification landscape. As a top priority, investment in the future of the CSEP is in progress, including increased exposure and a review of program operations and potential.


Attend one of our upcoming partner events! Look for the ILEA Approved stamp for education at industry events, including The Special Event Show (TSE), Catersource and IMEX. The investigation of a plan for year-round education opportunities is in motion! Addressing challenges that small business owners face, such as insurance, safety and marketing, will allow ILEA to continue to provide members solutions to some of their most pressing business needs.  

ILEA Live 2018

The planning for ILEA Live, Aug. 16-18 in Denver is on track with a focus on delivering education that allows attendees to conduct business better, improve creative output and find new ideas and inspiration. 

look forward to having you as a part of our community!

Thank you,

Lindsay Seel
ILEA Napa-Sonoma VP of Membership
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If you are not a member, please click here to learn about all the benefits of ILEA Membership.


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December 20th- Sip & Learn

“Apps to Make the Work Life Easier”

 Vintner’s Inn

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           January 11th-Educational Program 
“Tenting 101-Demystifying the Details Related to Tenting” 
Blue Note Napa 

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“Increase Efficiency”
Vintner’s Inn


             Mark your calendar for all future ILEA Events, CLICK HERE!