April 2015  


With Fiesta 2015 nearing a close, it's now time to get ready for National Travel & Tourism Week, which takes place May 2-10. Each year, the City of San Antonio, along with cities across the nation, celebrate the power of the travel and tourism industry. It is also a chance to learn more about how the travel and tourism industry contributes to San Antonio’s economy, business development, employment and overall quality of life. As members of NACE, we are well aware of the impact that travel and tourism have on our community and welcome everyone to celebrate this special week. 

For more information on National Travel & Tourism Week events and the San Antonio Travel Effect, please visit  #NTTW2015 

Check out what's going on this month in the Alamo NACE Chapter news!


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Experience! News


Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 NACE Experience! Conference Scholarship winners! This year, there were four scholarships available for the NACE Experience! Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Eight outstanding applications were submitted and reviewed by the Alamo Chapter Scholarship Committee.  The lucky winners are: Stephanie Olivares from RK Group, Karen Bippert from Buckhorn Saloon & Museum, Christina Alvarado-Morales from Great Events & Rentals and Kimberly Straughan from Barriba Cantina & County Line. Congratulations, ladies!

At Experience, attendees find education in every moment that they are on site, from the meals they are served to high-ranking breakout sessions and award winning national keynote speakers. And that is still not to mention the networking with industry leaders and celebrities. Experience is consistently ranked as a high value and those who have attended recommend the conference to others and come back again and again. 

Experience includes the Design Experience, a one of a kind interactive demonstration of the latest trends and design tips. And the Culinary Experience is a multi-sensory experience that lets participants enjoy culinary treasures at their seat as they are being prepared on stage. In between, national speakers from the Food Network, Hard Rock International, and even the White House share their industry secrets. 

Great news, EXPERIENCE! REGISTRATION is still open! Click on the link for more information or watch the video below to find out more about the NACE Experience! Conference. See you in Scottsdale!

NACE Experience! 2014 Conference video

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Fundraising News

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015


Major FUNdraising event at Howl at the Moon. More details to come! 



The Alamo NACE Chapter is raffling off one (1) VIP Experience package to see Robert Irvine LIVE at The Tobin Center on Thursday, June 18th. The package consists of one (1) valet parking pass, two (2) 3rd Row Center orchestra seats and VIP Meet & Greet Experience with exclusive pre-show lecture presented by Robert Irvine featuring food demonstration and food tasting. This package was limited to only 100 tickets and quickly sold out.

Raffle Ticket prices are:

  • One (1) Raffle Entry at $20
  • Six (6) Raffle Entries $100 

As an added bonus, all current  Alamo NACE members receive a bonus entry for each entry purchased!

The drawing will be held on Tuesday, May 12 at the May meeting at The Plaza Club. Purchase your tickets from any Alamo NACE Board member or Fundraising Comittee member.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity! All proceeds to benefit the Alamo NACE Chapter. 


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Monthly Meeting Recap

Catering Food Trends at Iron Cactus

Iron Cactus on the Riverwalk hosted the April NACE meeting. The featured speaker, Linda West, Director of Education for Catersource Magazine and CEO/Owner of Melange Catering and Special Events enlightened guests with the hot catering food trends for 2015. Specialty salts and spices, ethnic tastes, rustic serving arrangements and BUGS were the talk of the evening! 

Thanks to Iron Cactus for hosting the April meeting and Total Media Solutions for providing the AV equipment. Special thanks to Jamie with Bokeh Photography for the beautiful photos!  For event photos, please visit the Alamo NACE Facebook page and make sure to tag yourself in the photos! 

Thank you to our April Partners:



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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Meetings - Save the Date!


May Meeting- May 12, 2015 at Plaza Club

May 12, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Plaza Club
100 West Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Join us on Tuesday, May 12 at the beautiful Plaza Club. Our featured speaker will be Brandi Goldapp who will discuss "Venue & Vendor Relationships." The CPCE Focus for this presentation is Sales & Marketing and you will earn 1 CE credit for this event.

To register for the May meeting, click here


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Welcome New Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest Alamo NACE members:

  • Justin Brownell with Justin Brownell Photography
  • Shela Klein with Fort Sam Golf Course
  • Minako Miyamoto, Student Member
  • Jordan Steele, Intern with The Argyle
  • Lance Reynolds with RepCorr, LLC
  • Stacy Mendenhall with Lary's Florist & Design
  • Wyndham Garden Riverwalk
Let's also celebrate the April anniversaries of current members:
  • Sarah James with Embassy Suites Riverwalk- 8 years
  • Jamie Chandler with San Antonio Cake Company- 1 year
  • Bilinda Wilkinson with Wilkinson Rhodes - 7 years
  • Traci Maricle with Ace Mart Restaurant Supply- 7 years
  • Rebecca Hermanson with Marriott Rivercenter- 21 years
  • Carrie Anne Silvers with Plaza Club San Antonio- 3 years 



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Foundation of NACE News


Below is an email from the NACE Foundation Manager, Tamara Kukla:

"Thank you for the very generous donation of $1500 from the Alamo Chapter to the Foundation. We truly appreciate your support in 2015 of our community grants program and our scholarships.  To date we have awarded five community grants across the country, helping support our members efforts in their communities to change lives; such as the Las Vegas chapter through Street Teens. "

The Board of Directors of the Alamo Chapter of NACE would like to Thank You for your generous donations throughout the year to the Foundation of NACE. Your contributions help support the members of the catering and events industry throughout the NACE organization through education, building connections and giving back to our communities. If you would like more information on the Foundation of NACE or would like to directly contribute, please visit: 

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Community Service

ALAMO NACE CARES is a new initiative for NACE Members to make a positive impact in their community through contributions to local organizations. The goal is simple…give. 

As Event Professionals and Caterers, our members love to give back.  Giving is easier than ever when you bring your item to your NACE meetings each month. Bring your item, support your community. As an added bonus - you'll get a raffle ticket for every item you bring! 

Let's get started! Below are the next 6 months of ALAMO NACE CARES organizations. Do you have some great ideas for giving? Contact Micki Moore at!

May 12th Meeting - Soldier’s Care Packages

Soldiers' Angels relies on donations of items for all the various care packages to support wounded and deployed service members, female caregivers of wounded, and our veterans in VA hospitals. 

Donations for care packages include: personal hygiene items; body wash, Kleenex, lotion and snack items such as, single serving crackers, chips, cookies, raisins, jerky, nuts, bottled water (16oz. or smaller), etc.

*Please include a note inside each box of donations that contains your name, address, phone number and email address so we may issue a donation receipt.


June 9th Meeting – Baby Shower Gifts for Pregnant Military Spouses

Soldiers' Angels relies on donations of items for all the various care packages to support wounded and deployed service members, female caregivers of wounded, and our veterans in VA hospitals.

Donations for baby showers include: diapers, wipes, new baby clothes, baby toys, blankets, and other baby accessories.

 *Please include a note inside each box of donations that contains your name, address, phone number and email address so we may issue a donation receipt.


July 20th & August 11th Meetings – School Supply Drive

Items to include: notebook paper, #2 pencils, pens, folders, notebooks, School bags/backpacks, crayons, glue sticks, pencil sharpeners, youth scissors, washable markers, dividers, box of Kleenex, hand sanitizer, supply boxes.


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Community Outreach

The San Antonio Tourism Council will again host their annual Student Hospitality Event that showcases the local area high school culinary and hospitality arts programs. The mixer will be on Thursday, May 7 at Historic Sunset Station Depot #4 from 5:00 until 7:30 and is free to the members of the tourism and hospitality industry.   

This year’s event includes an Appetizer Competition featuring the talents of our area high school culinary arts students.    Judging will be a “People’s Choice Award” to engage our members and guests and a “Celebrity Chefs’ Choice Award” which is a special treat for the students.   

A major part of this annual event is the presentation of scholarship checks to the Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Programs at St. Philip’s College.  The Alamo Chapter of NACE are proud supporters of this program and would love for our membership to join in the presentation of the scholarship checks. To RSVP for the event, please send an email to Linda Winchester at

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