February 2016  


Dear Alamo NACE,

In January, members of the 2016 Alamo Chapter Board of Directors had the opportunity to attend the NACE Evolve Conference in Orlando, FL. We had the privilege of participating in round table discussions regarding membership, marketing, community service, fundraising, programs and more! We visited with many other NACE Chapters while at the conference and look forward to collaborating with our Texas sister chapters throughout the year. The team will be consolidating ideas and presenting to the rest of the NACE Board at our upcoming board retreat this month.

We also had a very successful "Coffee with the President" and formed our focus group this past month. We had about 21 attendees who openly shared their ideas and suggestions on how to propel the Alamo Chapter. We are so grateful for their participation and are looking forward to following up with these ideas and implementing changes throughout 2016 and beyond.

Although 2016 has only just begun, we can already tell that it’s going to be a fantastic year! Please remember, we cannot do it without you. We need our membership to join committees and make the most of your investment in Alamo NACE. If you haven't joined NACE yet, what are you waiting for? Here's the link to sign up today!


Michelle Moon, CPCE

President, Alamo NACE


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Upcoming Meetings


February NACE - Champagne Education

You will not want to miss our special guest presenter Monique Studak as she provides an enlightened overview of the history of Champagne, walks us though a delightful Champagne tasting, and educates us on all things bubbly!

Monique has been in the wine business for over 20 years and is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Specialist of Wine, a Certified Specialist of Spirits. She currently works on the National Account team at Pernod Ricard focusing on Wine and Champagne. Her specialty is in creating interesting and profitable wine programs that benefit her customer and their guests. Monique’s passion lies in wine education, helping people to connect to the magic of the grape. 

Our beautiful venue, the Pearl Stable, was once a grand home to the brewery's draft horses in the late 1800s, today it provides a unique site for business or social events. 

February 9, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Pearl Stable
307 Pearl Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78215

6:00 - 7:00 Registration and Networking 

Hors D’oeuvres

Crispy Cornmeal Battered Oyster Nacho

Petite Buttermilk Biscuit with Warm Brie, Fig Preserves, Prosciutto Ribbons and Chiffonade Basil

Jumbo Shrimp Topped with Lemon Cream Sauce   

7:00 - 8:30 Dinner and Presentation


Arugula Salad with Roasted Grapes, Chipotle Glazed Pecans, a Seared Wedge of Tomino, and Walnut Oil Vinaigrette with Oregano


Seared Chicken Breasts with Peach Champagne Buerre Blanc, served with Grilled Peaches

 Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes and  Sauteed Asparagus


Citrus Posset served with Shortbread Cookies, Candied Orange, Fresh Berries and Mint

8:30 Event Concludes


$35.00 Member Ticket, $45.00 after 12:00 pm February 5

$45.00 Guest Ticket, $55.00 after 12:00 pm February 5

$35.00 Guest of Member Company, $45.00 after 12:00 pm February 5


NACE CARES: This month we bring are assisting a local senior center by providing gifts for their annual Valentine's party. Gifts of  stuffed animals and non-chocolate sweets are requested. Remember each donated item receives one raffle ticket.  


NACE FUNDRAISER: In keeping with the fabulous Champagne theme, this month we will be doing a CHAMPAGNE PULL. $20 will get you one cork pull and $50 will get you 3 cork pulls. Each cork corresponds to a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine valued up to $100! It's that simple, everyone wins! 


Thanks to Our Sponsors:


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Fundraising News

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Community Service

NACE Cares: Showing Some Love on Valentine's Day

This month we are assisting the Mystic Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, which is a local senior center located in San Antonio. We will be providing gifts for their annual Valentine's party. We would like to request gifts of stuffed animals and non-chocolate sweets from our generous members. Remember, each donated item receives one raffle ticket for our monthly prize drawing. 

Suggested Donations

Valentine Stuffed Animals
Valentine cards
Non-Chocolate sweets

Here are the raffle items available for the February Meeting:

Receive (1) one raffle ticket per item donated. Prizes include:

  • San Antonio Salt Scrub Company Basket

  • Painting with a Twist Vouchers

  • Chick-fil-a Gift Card for $10.00

  • Starbucks gift card at $20.00

  • Old Moon Wine Basket with Velvet Moon Cabernet, Honey Moon Viognier, Old Moon Zinfandel and Venetian Moon Pinot Grigio and Trader Joe's goodies

  •  Sandy Oaks Olive Products






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Welcome New Members

At Alamo NACE, we love to celebrate! Especially when it's welcoming new members and celebrating anniversaries. Thanks for your support and congratulations on your membership!

Welcome to the following new Alamo NACE Members!

  • Danielle Breeden with The Argyle
  • Donny Carrasco with Magnolia Pancake Haus

Here are the Fabulous February Anniversaries!

  • Todd Kabes with San Antonio Wedding Guide- 14 years
  • Veronica Esparza with Absolutely Delicious Catering- 12 years
  • Devra Hardy with True Flavors- 4 years
  • Julie McGarraugh with McNay Art Museum- 4 years
  • Brittany Bolds-Leach with The Argyle- 2 years
  • Fay Seeman with Aztec Events- 1 year
  • Sandy Hernandez with Total Media Solutions- 1 year
  • Katie Reno with Page Barteau Catering- 1 year
  • Derek Wyatt with Moments & Milestones Photography- 1 year
  • Krista Lee with A Signature Event by Krista- 1 year
  • Kacie Michalek with Frontier Enterprises- 1 year
  • Irene Castillo with Expose the Heart- 1 year
  • Lisa Hartman with Marquee Event Group- 1 year


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Monthly Meeting Recap

Thanks to the beautiful Hotel Valencia for hosting the January Alamo NACE meeting. The food was delicious, especially the bacon wrapped chicken and that cheesecake! Who could forget the cheesecake?! Thanks again to the Hotel Valencia team for an outstanding meal. 

Thanks also to Ric Simmons with My Texas Gay Wedding for enlightening our guests with the statistics on the growing gay wedding market. It's really great to hear how quickly this market is growing. 

Thanks also to everyone who contributed to the January NACE Cares program. The San Antonio Food Bank is so grateful for your contributions. We couldn't do it without your generous participation.

For more beautiful photos, please visit the Alamo NACE Facebook page, here. Make sure to tag yourself in the photos, share and like them! 

Thanks to Hotel Valencia for sponsoring the January meeting!


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Calendar of Events


It's time for the 3rd Annual Tasty Bites Challenge!! Are you up for the challenge? We are seeking the tastiest Hors d’oeuvres, the most delicious desserts, the smoothest specialty drinks and of course the best presentation for the evening. We encourage you to team up with your favorite décor company to create your overall presentation of your food station. At the end of the evening awards will be presented for the following categories:
  • Tastiest Hors d’oeuvres
  • Most Delicious Dessert
  • Smoothest Specialty Drink
  • Best Presentation

Up for grabs will be the elusive and coveted Tasty Bites Trophy for each category. Yes! You could walk away with 4 trophies if you compete and win in all 4 categories. You may already be a winner and don’t even know it (well you need to cook something first).
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The Witte Museum
Ticket registration coming soon!
Would you like to participate? Sign up HERE today!
Tickets for the event will be available soon. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event and YOUR opportunity to showcase your catering talents! 
Thanks to the Tasty Bites 2016 Sponsors!
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Experience! News

The 2016 NACE National Awards are coming up in July. This year's awards will be presented at the NACE Experience Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Not familiar with the NACE Awards? Well, this is the awards presentation that recognizes all of the hard work that you have put forth towards your events. There are categories for Fundraising Event of the Year, Team Event of the Year, On-Premise and Off-Premise Catered Event of the Year, Table Presentation of the Year, Member of the Year, NACE Chapter of the Year and many, many more!

Submit your event for the 2016 NACE Awards. Award submission opens on March 1. Visit the official NACE Awards website for more details and take home the trophy in 2016!

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