Hosted by food visionary and “Top Chef Masters” winner Chris Cosentino and produced by Ride Napa Valley, CLIF CampoVelo Napa Valley is an annual three-day weekend blending the best of the culinary, cycling and wellness worlds. Cosentino, along with 20 other chefs, pro cyclists, winemakers and other notable people lead the weekend that encompasses myriad activities designed to support Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition and Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry. The third annual weekend, held April 26-28, included dinner under the stars at Tamber Bey Winery in Calistoga that benefitted No Kid Hungry, a campaign for national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.

The menu for the benefit dinner was an inspiration from regional flavors with ingredients supplied by local farmers and complemented by a selection of wines by Tamber Bey and Clif Family and beers from Mad Fritz. The event was limited to 80 guests. Since 2017, CampoVelo has raised more than $35,000 for Chefs Cycle.

Meeting Professionals International, the official sponsor of Smart Monday, has added five new programs to the inaugural day of IMEX America.

Paws for a Break

MPI is teaming up with Love Dog Adventures—a Las Vegas animal-assisted therapy program. Designed as a stress-reducing activity, several dogs will be present during Smart Monday for attendees to cuddle with. These puppy sessions are quickly becoming a hot new trend and have been featured in a number of World Education Congresses. Puppy Cuddling is sponsored by Visit Norfolk.

 

Q&A With Event Director Jaime McAuley

 

Do you have conferences you look forward to every year? Ones where you learn, see a lot of people you know in the industry, and have fun? That is a special combination and one that can almost guarantee planners decent attendance numbers. The two conferences I nearly always attend are the Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference, held just a few days ago in Mt.