September 2014  


Greetings Catering & Event Professionals,

We're thrilled that fall is here! Which means we're all extremely busy... But please take a minute to review the important and exciting information included in this newsletter.

Thank you for your continued support.


Your NACE Alamo Chapter Board of Directors

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It's election time! The nomination information and application are attached for your review. Nominations will be accepted through TODAY Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 5pm. Elections will take place at our October 14, 2014 monthly meeting and all Alamo NACE members will be asked to vote at this meeting.  The NEW 2015 -2017 Alamo NACE Board of Directors will be announced at the President's Gala!

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Alamo NACE Chapter President’s Gala News

Join us Under the Big Top!

Come one, come all!  Join us "Under the Big Top" for a vintage circus fete like no other!   The stage is set and the performers are cued.  As the sun sets and the curtain begins to rise, be in awe of what truly is the greatest show on Earth, the NACE Annual President's Gala!  Save the Date for one of the most highly anticipated events of the year.  This year's event will be held at the Club at Sonterra.  The Planning Committee has surprises in store and you won't want to miss them.

Gala Save the Date

Would your company like to win an award from NACE Alamo Chapter? You have a chance to at this year's Gala! We will be presenting awards in the categories of:

  • Wedding of the Year
  • Catered Event of the Year
  • Table Presentation of the Year
  • Event Production of the Year

Award submittsions are due September 30, 2014. You can find more information about these awards here. We can wait to see what you submit!

Thank you to our phenomenal sponsors!

Entertainment Sponsor Table Sponsor Decor & Design Sponsor
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Would you like to join this amazing group? We still have some exciting sponsorship opportunites available and are looking for silent auction items. We anticipate 125-150 guests for cocktail reception, silent auction, and a seated dinner. We appreciate your consideration of this request and for the support of our efforts to raise funds in order to perpetuate this organization and it’s commitment to the catering and event industry as well as its members.

Attached you will find information regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at MIchelle Moon at 210.362.0286.

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Welcome New Members

We have several new members to welcome to our amazing group!

  • Maria Mwangi with Studio at Fischer
  • Micki Moore with Allied PRA
  • Sylvia Carrier with the Briscoe Western Art Museum
  • Amanda Blisset with Don Strange of Texas, Inc.

We are so happy to have you as part of the NACE family!

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Calendar of Events

October Meeting: Tequila Tasting at Morgan's Wonderland
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October 14, 2014 - 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Morgan's Wonderland
5223 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, TX 78233 

We'll begin the evening networking at the fun and unique venue Morgan's Wonderland - ride the carousel, fish off the pier and tour the little village. After our cocktail hour we'll move into our dinner and tequila tasting. Review 6 -7 different tequila options and learn in-depth information about the regions and process' and how to upsell tequila to your guests. RSVP HERE!

Visit our website or Facebook page to see pictures from our previous meetings.

Paesanos Restaurant Group Holiday Parade Information

2014 Holiday River Lighting ParadePaesanos Restaurant Group Logos
Friday, November 28, 2014
Rio Rio Cantina, Paesanos Riverwalk & Charlie Wants a Burger

Check out the menues and order your tickets using these links:


Air Ribs from County Line & Barriba Cantina

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Need holiday gift ideas for out of town clients, family or friends?

The County Line Restaurants ships its savory meat products to all parts of the United States by Air Ribs. The same quality products that you've come to enjoy in the restaurants can be shipped right to your door. What better gift could you give than to have The County Line cook for dinner?

Don't forget to mention you were referred by Kimberly with Barriba Cantina and The County Line on the Riverwalk. 

Learn more at:


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Membership Drive

$50 Off Professional Membership Renewal in October!

Professional members may renew in October for just $295! Email or call 410-290-5410 today to receive your discount code and add twelve more months to your membership.

Through our local chapter meetings you'll discover great opportunities to network, solve problems, learn about new trends and become better informed about your industry.  Visit our website for more information or apply online.

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CPCE Corner

Test your Knowledge: Each month we will present three questions that you might expect to see on the Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) Certification Exam.  If you can’t answer the questions, then maybe you need to join the CPCE study group!  Answers are provided at the bottom of the newsletter.

1. True or False: Lighter Beers (ales) pair with spicy foods very well?

2. How many 1 oz servings are contained within a 1 liter bottle of liquor?

a. 45

b. 16

c. 33

d. 40

3. What is the most widely consumed beverage in the world (other than water)?

a. Coffee

b. Coca-Cola

c. Apple Juice

d. Tea

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Fundraising News

Thank you to everyone that provided auction items and to everyone that bid on those items at our silent auction at our August Meeting at The Buckhorn Saloon. Because of your support we were able to raise almost $800 that will go to supporting education.

Thank you again for all of your support for the Alamo NACE Chapter!

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Event Professional Spotlight


We are Lounge4Events, the lounge furniture rental company in Texas. From white leather sofas, to high cocktail tables and illuminated bars, to LED light cubes and dance floors, we have it all! We offer a wide selection of high quality lounge furniture to suit any venue or event theme, whether it's a wedding, fund raising gala, corporate meeting, trade show, any type of social party or special event. Our lounge furniture items can help you get the most amazing VIP atmosphere. Lounge4Events Logo
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Community Service

E-Mentor Opportunities:

The Student Event Planners Association is a professional organization that caters to students pursuing a career in the event planning and hospitality industry.   Each year, SEPA offers an E-Mentor Program.  The E-Mentor Program provides valuable mentorship by pairing student event planners with industry professionals.

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Professionals (mentors) and Students (mentees), who choose to participate, must complete an online application and will be paired based on similar interests.? Once assigned, participants will have six weeks to foster a relationship through e-mail correspondence. Mentors and mentees are expected to exchange one e-mail per week throughout the duration of the program.

To participate as a mentor, one must have professional experience in the event planning and hospitality industry. Mentors should be able to provide constructive criticism, insight and guidance to their mentee based on personal experience. Mentors have a unique opportunity to gain quality connections with young professionals who may be interested in unpaid or paid internships and/or jobs within their company. In addition, while assisting in the development of young professionals, mentors also gain valuable leadership experience.

To be added to the E-Mentor database, please select the button on the right. Prior to each semester, mentors will receive an e-mail notification that will allow them the opportunity to participate in the program for that semester. Should a mentor opt not to participate in the program for a given semester, their information will remain in the database and they will be provided the same opportunity the following semester.

Students are limited to one mentor per semester.

For questions regarding the E-Mentor Program, please contact

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CPCE Corner Answer Key

Here are the answers to the CPCE questions.  

1. True

2. c. 33

3. d. Tea

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Duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Generate new business in multiple sectors
  • Maintain and develop client and vendor relationships
  • Promote “specials” to spike offseason and weekday  event revenue
  • Conduct site tours
  • Create detailed layouts and timelines
  • Respond to inquiry requests in a timely manner
  • Act as point of contact throughout the event planning process
  • Follow up on event leads
  • Manage and oversee Veranda calendar and event folders
  • Identify opportunities to upsell  (this will be commissionable)
  • Participate in various industry and networking functions

Contact Jessica Silvaggio at 210-366-1220 or if you're interested.


Please find the full job posting here:


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