Networking Opportunities

Napa Valley Wine Trolley Tour 2.0

Monday, March 23
12:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Activity Fee: $200.00/person
Event Cap: 50

Didn't get a chance to join us for our last trolley tour in 2015? Or did you love it so much you want to go again? We've upgraded our tour to visit three new wineries for everyone to enjoy the sights and tastes of Napa! You'll travel in style on a hand-built replica of a California Street Cable Car. Every detail, from the all-wooden carriage to the solid brass bell, is an authentic feature right off the original blueprints. Along the way you'll learn more about the unique qualities about the region that make it perfect for wineries and about how the wine region survived prohibition. 

The tour includes all transportation, tasting fees for three wineries, and a picnic lunch at the first winery. The trolleys will arrive at the Napa Valley Mariott Hotel and Spa at noon for a 12:15 p.m. departure. The tentative schedule is as follows:
12:45 p.m. - Pestoni Family Winery and lunch outside
2:00 p.m. - Louis Martini Tasting 
3:30 p.m. - Andretti Winery

*If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Tatiana Veres, Membership and Meeting Coordinator, at

Napa Culinary Experience

Silverado Cooking School
Monday, March 23
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Activity Fee: $150/person
Event Cap: 24

Want to expand your education to more than just energy credit? Join your peers in a fun and engaging culinary class provided by the Silverado Cooking School of Napa. Located in the city of Napa, the Silverado Cooking School showcases farm-fresh ingredients from their own farm, Stone Tree Farm, and ingredients from the finest local purveyors from around the Napa Valley. In their state-of-the-art kitchen, culinary experiences are led by a professionally trained chef and culminate with guests sitting down together to enjoy the meal they’ve just prepared. This private event will include exclusive use of the kitchen for a hands-on cooking experience with a customized menu, a set of recipes, and a Silverado Cooking School apron for each guest to take home. 

Located in downtown Napa, a ten-minute drive from the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, transportation to the cooking school will be on your own. Please arrive early as there is a late fee if the group cannot start on time. We encourage carpooling to stay green and to allow everyone a parking spot. 

Parking: There is a designated parking lot behind the school. The second option would be to park along the curb directly in front of the school on the Silverado Trail. Lastly, you may use any street parking available on Highland Drive.

Attire:  The school will provide aprons to wear during the class, but please don’t wear your favorite shirt as cooking can be a little messy at times. Also, wear close-toed shoes that you will be comfortable in, as we will be on our feet for the majority of the class cooking. If you have hair that can be pulled back, please do so.

If you have already registered and would like to add this event to your registration, please contact Tatiana Veres, Membership and Meeting Coordinator, at

Golf Outing at Chardonnay

Chardonnay Golf Club
2555 Jameson Canyon Rd
American Canyon, CA 94503
Monday, March 23
12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fee: On Your Own - Group Rate is $55.00
Event Cap: N/A

Come join your colleagues for a round of golf in the heart of the wine country. Chardonnay Golf Club & Vineyards is an 18-hole semi-private golf facility located Southeast of the city of Napa in Jamieson Canyon at the gateway to the world-renown Napa Valley wine district. The 18-hole layout features a unique blend of golf holes consisting of six par fives, six par fours and six par threes that meander through over 150 acres of Chardonnay, Merlot & Pinot Noir vineyards and feature numerous lakes and creek crossing, five sets of tees (Professional - Black, Tournament - Burgundy, Mens - Green, Seniors - Ivory, and Ladies - Gold) to choose from and a wide variety of native trees, shrubs, and wildlife. 

Golf this year is not organized by the IECA, but we have secured a discounted group rate of $55.00 which includes green fees and shared cart for each player, range balls prior to play, tournament contest set-up (Long Drive, Closest-to-the-Hole, etc.), personalized golf cart ID signs and custom scorecards, and complimentary bag handling & club cleaning. Rental clubs are an additional price. To book your group ahead of time, please contact Bob Becker, General Manager, at and reference the IECA to receive the group rate.


Monday Night Meetup

Location TBD
Monday, March 23 
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - subject to change 
Activity Fee: On Your Own

Hosted by the Conference Ambassador Program, this event welcomes members that are new to the industry or returning members. Join us for an evening of relaxed networking! The location will be announced soon. If you're interested in attending, please contact Naeem Jones at

Wellness Activity: Morning Group Run 

Napa Valley Vine Trail
Monday, March 23
6:15 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Activity Fee: Free
Event Cap: N/A

Join your fellow IECA colleagues by participating in our wellness activity to help maintain a healthy lifestyle while in Napa! Right across the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa is an entrance to the Napa Valley Vine Trail, a walking/biking trail system connecting the entire Napa Valley--physically, artistically, and culturally. The Vine Trail has been planted with over three hundred new trees and celebrates the culture, history, and beauty of the Napa Valley through the interpretive signs throughout the trail. 

Our group run will begin halfway through the trail near Trancas Street and Redwood Road but will meet in the lobby of the hotel and begin together.