May 2015  


Summer is finally here!  Can you believe it?  Although we are thankful for all this rain we have had lately we understand how much more stress that can put on our clients and suppliers for outdoor rentals.  It is during these times that we are extra grateful for our NACE friends and colleagues who can help us out in a pinch and assist us when the weather takes a quick turn.  As we gear up for these hotter summer months, we encourage you to refer our NACE family when it comes to your client’s needs for all things catering and event related.  Summer months can also be our industry’s slower months for business as families begin to take vacations and time away from the office to travel.   We enjoy doing business with the partners we know and trust.  June is a great month to set aside some time to get to know each other better over personal lunch meetings and after-hour cocktails.  Hopefully you get a break this summer and will be able to recharge that internal battery.  Whatever your plans, remember to keep cool and don’t forget sun block when working and enjoying the outdoors!

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


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Experience! News

Register now for the NACE Experience! 2015 Conference and Expo to take advantage of early registration rates before they end.  Be a part of the most premier industry event in the nation, featuring world renown speakers, the best in trends and techniques, and valuable networking opportunities to help drive your business.  Register Here!

If you will be attending, please let Michelle Moon, Chapter President, know so that she can request to have you seated with the Alamo Chapter of NACE at the Awards Gala on Tuesday, July 14.  Email her at

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Gala News

NACE Alamo Chapter’s 10th Annual President's Gala Event RFP

The award-winning annual NACE Alamo President's Gala is hosted every year to honor members and accomplishments, celebrate the year's success and raise funds to send our members to the Experience Conference the following summer. Catering this prestigious event is considered an honor and an opportunity. We want to give you that opportunity. Listed below are the details of our event RFP, as well as some hints and tips to make the most of your proposal. Please review our needs carefully, and email your completed proposal to this year's Gala Chair, Sarah James at by May 31st. For questions, please email or call Sarah at 210-424-6208. Good luck!

Event Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Approximate Attendance: 100-150 guests.

Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Determined by caterer selected.

Budget: $35 per person inclusive

Venue Set-Up: Rounds of 8 or 10, area for stage with podium, separate cocktail hour area

Menu Requirements: Proposal must include a one (1) hour hors d’ oeuvres service followed by a three course plated dinner, with iced tea and water service.  China and glassware provided by caterer.

Event Theme: "Bienvenue a Versailles" An Evening of Parisian Elegance

At the edge of Paris lies Château Versailles, the vast royal palace of the King and Queen of France. This year’s gala will transport guests to 17th Century France in the midst of Parisian opulence and grandeur.  Guests of the royal court will enjoy luxurious foods, delightful entertainment and beautiful surroundings. Join us at the Alamo NACE Chapter 10th Annual President’s Gala and Bienvenue a Versailles!

Proposal Tips:

Catering is key to a successful evening for this gala! Ensure your menu is well researched for the theme and thought out. French menu, techniques and recipes are encouraged. There is no better opportunity to showcase your skills and impress your peers.

If you do not have a venue, we encourage you to suggest your favorite! Teaming up with a venue or two in the proposal is a great strategy to give us a complete look and feel to the event.

As a fundraising event, value is important. Including beer and wine is a great plus. Have fun with the theme by featuring a signature cocktail!

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Fundraising News

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015


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


Thanks to everyone that participated in the NACE Spring Raffle. Your contributions are very much appreciated. 



Congratulations to Kelly Palubiak with Saltgrass Steakhouse for winning the VIP Experience to see Robert Irvine LIVE at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 18. 


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Monthly Meeting Recap

Venue & Vendor Relationships

The beautiful Plaza Club hosted the May NACE meeting with featured speaker Brandi Goldapp. Brandi discussed how to build relationships between venues & vendors and enlightened the group with ways to partner together to make the best events possible! 

Thanks to the Plaza Club for hosting the May meeting and Great Events and Rentals for providing the beautiful table decor and centerpieces. Also, thanks to Bokeh Photography for taking photos during the event. For event photos, please visit the Alamo NACE Facebook page and make sure to tag yourself! 

Thank you to our May Partners:



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Calendar of Events

Upcoming Meetings - Save the Date!


May Meeting- May 12, 2015 at Plaza Club

June 9, 2015

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

DoubleTree by Hilton
37 NE Interstate Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78216
DoubleTree by Hilton website

Join us on Tuesday, June 12th at the DoubleTree by Hilton property located on NE Loop 410. Our featured speaker will be the engaging Robert Felder. Robert will discuss the leadership revolution and explore ways to "Recharge Your Enthusiasm." The CPCE Focus for this presentation is Human Resources and you will earn 1 CE credit for this event.To register for the June meeting, click here.


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Welcome New Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest Alamo NACE members:

  • Amy Riggle with San Antonio Country Club
  • Amanda Acreman with River Crossing Club
  • Jackie Johnson with Quest Drape
Let's also celebrate the May anniversaries of current members:
  • Maria Mwangi with Studios at Fischer- 1 year
  • James Gordon with Quest Drape- 2 years
  • Kim DuBose with Cort Furnishings- 2 years
  • Jamie Turnage with Bokeh Photography- 3 years
  • Kat Creech with Kat Creech Events- 10 years
  • Franck Mannechez with La Gloria Ice House- 12 years



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Event Professional Spotlight



Congratulations to Donna Kahn of Simply Magnolious Catering for being recognized at the Association of Nutrition and Food Professionals (ANFP) Regional Meeting in Las Vegas. Donna received a Continuing Education Grant from the Nutrition and Food Service Education Foundation. Congratulations on your success. 

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CPCE Corner


Congratulations to Haley Haecker with the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa for becoming an official Certified Professional in Catering and Events. Haley passed her CPCE exam with flying colors. Way to go, Haley!

If you are interested in obtaining your CPCE Certification, please contact Vice Chairperson, Sarah James for more information. You may also visit 

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Community Service

ALAMO NACE CARES is an 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 ALAMO NACE CARES organizations. Do you have some great ideas for giving? Contact Micki Moore at!


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 19th & 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 hosted their annual Student Hospitality Event that showcases the local area high school culinary and hospitality arts programs. Several of the Alamo NACE Board of Directors were on hand to present a check for $500 to support the St. Philip's College of Tourism, Hopsitality and Culinary Arts scholarship program. We are so proud to be able to support the future leaders of the tourism, hospitality and culinary arts in San Antonio. 

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