March 2015  


Happy St. Patrick's Day! We are so lucky to have you be a part of the Alamo Chapter of NACE! 

Alamo NACE is welcoming 11 new members this month! This brings our chapter one step closer to breaking the 100 member mark. We LOVE our members! Not a member yet? Contact Traci Maricle at to learn more about joining the nation's largest catering and event professional association. 

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


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Monthly Meeting Recap

3rd Annual Alamo NACE Hunger Games

The 3rd Annual Alamo NACE Hunger Games was a blast! Thank you to The Lodge at Bridal Veil Falls for hosting the fantastic event. Your facility was so beautiful! Thanks to Don Strange of Texas Catering for the delicious display of food. The themed food stations, creative signature drink, "The Tribute" and the dessert station left us hungering for more! The flaming donuts, aka "Girl on Fire" dessert was simply over the top! Thanks also to R&R Limousine for getting everyone to the event safely and for Cutting Edge Entertainment for providing, well, cutting edge entertainment! 

We also must thank the Alamo NACE Hunger Games committee who did a fantastic job creating fun challenges and games for the event. Way to go!

The winning team, Team Glow Sticks, was comprised of Carrie Anne Silvers, Devra Hardy, Kacie Michalek, Shelly Espinosa, Allen Mendy and Tracey Williams. Congratulations!  

 Thank you to our March Partners:


For event photos, please visit the Alamo NACE Facebook page and make sure to tag yourself in the photos!

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Meetings - Save the Date!


April Meeting- April 14, 2015 at Iron Cactus on the Riverwalk

April 14, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Iron Cactus on the Riverwalk
200 Riverwalk St., Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78205

Join us on Tuesday, April 14 at Iron Cactus on the Riverwalk. Our featured speaker will be Linda West, the Director of Education for Catersource Magazine and CEO/Owner of Melange Catering and Special Events. Linda will present Yummy Food Trends for 2015! The Food Trends presentation will pinpoint new trends to incorporate into your menus and ideas to upgrade your presentation with menu styling tips. Event counts as 1 CE Credit, CPCE area of focus: Catering Services & Beverage Management 

To register, click here. 


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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. Got some great ideas for giving? Contact Micki Moore at!

April 14th & May 12th Meetings - 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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Welcome New Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest Alamo NACE members:

  • Katie Reno of Page Barteau Catering
  • Kacie Michalek of Frontier Enterprises
  • Krista Lee of A Signature Event by Krista Lee
  • Fay Seeman of Aztec Events & Tents
  • Irene Castillo of Expose the Heart
  • Jodee Stevens of Marquee Rentals
  • Lisa Hartman of Marquee Rentals
  • Derek Wyatt of Moments & Milestones Wedding Planning & Photography
  • Sandy Hernandez of Total Media Solutions
Let's also celebrate the March anniversaries of current members:
  • Wesley Dowdy of San Antonio Country Club- 11 years
  • Loretta Ortiz of Heavenly Gourmet- 8 years
  • Brian Wolfe of Habanero Software- 5 years
  • David Orth of David's Officiating- 3 years
  • Ron Peene of Cutting Edge Entertainment- 2 years
  • Karen Bippert of Buckhorn Saloon & Museum- 2 years
  • Tito Zuniga of Lounge 4 Events, LLC- 1 year 


Check out this wonderful video produced by Jamie Turnage of Bokeh Photography + Cinema and find out why YOU should join Alamo NACE today! Click here to watch the video. 


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Scholarship Applications

The Alamo Chapter of NACE will award four (4) scholarships to the NACE Experience! Conference to be held in Scottsdale, AZ on July 12 – 15, 2015. Each scholarship will cover registration, transportation to and from the conference and hotel room, based on double occupancy sharing a room with another scholarship recipient or board member. Daily incidental costs will be the responsibility of those individuals awarded the scholarship. The scholarship is valued up to $2,000.00 per person. Please refer to for more conference information.                          

A committee of (3) three persons to include the President, Vice President and Immediate Past President will evaluate the applicants on the following criteria:

  • Member of the Alamo Chapter of NACE in good standing for a minimum of (1) one year
  • Participation in ongoing Chapter activities, i.e. monthly meetings, attendance, Board or committee participation and assisting with Chapter fundraising/community service initiatives
  • Applicant upholds the NACE Conduct of Ethics Standards at all times
  • Applicant represents the “Spirit of NACE” towards fellow members at all times
  • Applicant agrees to attend curriculum offered at conference and report to the Chapter after conference

Final decisions will be based on essay submission. Each essay should be based on following questions:

  1. What does NACE mean to you?
  2. In what way has membership in NACE helped to advance your career?
  3. What has been your involvement in Alamo NACE?
  4. Please indicate anything else you feel the committee should know about you and your contributions to the chapter and its members when considering your application.

The recommendations of this committee will be forwarded to the officers of the Alamo Chapter NACE Board for final approval and selection of candidate(s). All applications are due by 5pm on March 31, 2015. Please submit your application following the guidelines to Michelle Moon at

Recipients that are selected will be notified by April 11, 2015 and announced at our April monthly meeting on April 14, 2015. All candidates will be evaluated based on the essay submitted and will be selected on a fair, rotation basis.



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CPCE Corner

You've put it off long enough! This is YOUR YEAR to get your CPCE and Alamo NACE is making it more convenient than ever by hosting a test date here in San Antonio.

What's the CPCE? The Certified Professional in Catering & Events...the industry standard in event certification. Achievement of the CPCE demonstrates expertise in catering and events and is earned by taking a comprehensive examination that covers the core competencies of the industry. 

Alamo NACE is hosting two Brown Bag Lunches to review the application process and the study materials you'll need for the exam. Prior to the meeting, we'll assist you in gathering together the information you'll need to complete your application. During the meeting we will work through the application with you to help complete it - the first hurdle in getting your certification!


Follow up FAST TRACK sessions will be hosted with all those interested in assistance with the study process. These 4 hour sessions will give you the opportunity to learn the material quickly, ask questions and understand the exam format.

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Fundraising News

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015


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

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NACE National Awards

It's that time of the year again...time to submit  for the NACE Catering and Events Industry Awards! There are numerous categories available in which to win including:


Please select an award from above to view criteria and nomination information for the 2015 NACE Awards, honoring events and accomplishments that were held between the dates of January 1 to December 31, 2014. Don't delay, early bird submissions will be accepted until March 31 for only $95. Final deadline is April 15 for $115.



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