New Decade. New Flavors. New Trends. That is the theme for this year's annual Tasty Bites 2020! Come join us for an evening showcasing our local culinary industry. Each attendee will judge our participants in the best hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and specialty cocktails as well as best presentation. Our celebrity student judges are from the Art Institute in San Antonio; they will present the Future Chefs of America Award. Ticket prices include tasting, drinking, and voting so get your tickets now! Tasty Bites is Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 from 6:00PM until 8:30PM at the Pearl Stable.
Last month in January, some of our board members attended NACE Evolve 2020 alongside me and 220 other Chapter Leaders in Dallas, Texas. At this leadership conference, our focus was making membership meaningful. How do we as a chapter created defining moments for our members? We will be embarking on a mission this year to achieve this. Taking that concept a step deeper, I was encouraged to realize that we each do that for our clients day in and day out. We create experiences. Small moments in time for our guests that are memorable and meaningful. We elevate, provide insight, connect, and build relationships and celebrate our clients every single day. Thank you, NACE Alamo, for reminding me the great work we accomplish as a community!
Please mark your calendars for our March chapter meeting, March 3rd, 2020. It will be a week earlier due to Spring Break this year. We are bringing back the amazing Monique Studak for our Beverage Management program. She will talk about what is hot in the world of wine. You do not want to miss it.
Have a great February!
Christina L. Alvarado, CPCE
President, NACE Alamo Chapter
Christina L. Alvarado, CPCE
Calendar of Events
Come hungry and join us at the Pearl on February 11th for Tasty Bites! We need you to help us select the very best that the San Antonio culinary industry has to offer! Your palate will be the judge in choosing the best hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and specialty cocktails.
We're bringing together the most respected catering companies, hotels, and restaurants in San Antonio to compete for the coveted Tasty Bites Trophy, and you get to decide who is the most deserving! The participants will be competing in the following catagories: Tastiest Hors d'Oeuvres, Most Delicious Dessert, Spectacular Signature Drink, and Best Presentation.
There will also be celebrity student judges from the Art Institute of San Antonio who will be presenting the Future Chef's of America Award.
You will also have the opportunity to support a great cause! Help us help Alpha Home. We will have a fishbowl set up for cash & gift card donations for Alpha Home. Your extra gift card that you haven't used from Christmas can go a long ways in helping someone less foturnate. Your simple donation can be a giant step forward in someone's recover process as they rebuild their lives and find long term recovery from drug & alcohol abuse.
This year tickets are just $50 for both members and guests! So bring your family and friends for a spectacular culinary evening! Your ticket includes all the tasting, drinking and voting you can do in one exciting night. Don't forget to bring your smart phone or tablet as voting will be all electronic! Click here to purchase tickets
- You will earn 1 CE credit in Catering Services for attending this event.
Register by Friday, February 7th at NOON to ensure your seat
Special Early Bird Rate available for Members Only until January 28, 2020 - $40
Members after January 28, 2020: $50
Non-Members & Guests: $50
Walk-Ins will be taken as space allows
Check out some photos from last year's event! You don't want to miss out on this fun!
VIVA NACE VEGAS! Save the date for the 2020 NACE Experience Conference, a national community experience that inspires catering and event professionals to elevate their ideas and expertise.
Plan now to attend August 2-5 at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, for NACE’s must-attend event for professionals like you! You don’t want to miss out!
This amazing national conference is complete with superior education, inspirational events and exceptional networking opportunities. Through the support of your NACE Alamo Chapter, this could be YOUR year to attend! Stay tuned for scholarship opportunities!
The 2020 NACE Experience Conference will be held this year at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2- 5, 2020. This amazing national conference is complete with superior education, inspirational events, & exceptional networking opportunities. Through the support of your Alamo Chapter, this could be YOUR year to attend.
Alamo Chapter has allocated funds to award two (2) FULLY FUNDED Scholarships to the 2020 NACE Experience Conference this summer. This outstanding member benefit of a comprehensive scholarship includes a full education conference package registration, airfare, and hotel room (based on double occupancy with another scholarship recipient or board member). Applicants must attend all available education sessions, evening events and submit a written report within two (2) weeks of attendance and if comfortable share your experience at the 2020 August Chapter meeting. To request an application or if you have questions about Experience, expectations, and/or concerns, please contact your President Christina L. Alvarado ([email protected]) and she can guide you through the process and qualifications.
A nominations committee of three (3) persons to include the President, President Elect, & Immediate Past President will meet comprehensively to review and score each application. All applications are due by 5pm (CST) on Friday, March 6, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered. Please submit your application following the guidelines to President Christina L. Alvarado, CPCE, [email protected]
Final decisions will be based on the strenght of the applicant's essay submission as well as the additional criteria such as NACE meeting attendance, board & committee participation, & the support of the chapter through partnerships, fundraising, & donations.
Recipients that are selected will be notified on or before April 1, 2020 & announced at the April 14, 2020 Chapter Meeting.
NACE Alamo Board Members Christina Alvarado, Stephanie Olivares, Sarah James, Caitlin Bracewell, and Amy Riggle attended the annual NACE Evolve Conference in Dallas January 24th through January 27th.
This conference gathered over 200 NACE Chapter leaders from across the country from Hawaii to Boston for a weekend of developing new experiences and initiatives to bring back to our members at a local level.
Friday and Saturday morning focused on reviewing and revamping the CPCE Exam. NACE National is committed to helping more members prepare and sit for this career boosting exam.
Saturday and Sunday featured the inspiring speaker Peggy M. Hoffman of Mariner Management. She challendged all of us to develop engaging programs and inspiring experiences that we can take back to our local chapters.
Finally DFW NACE closed out the Evolve Conference with an unforgettable evening that began with a "Science Affair" to remember at the Perot Museum of Science & Nature and ended at the House of Blues Dallas where the Jordan Kahn Orchestra brought down the house with an incredible performance.
We returned to San Antonio ready to create new and engaging educational opportunities and inspiring experiences for our NACE Alamo members. Stay tuned this year!
Stand Out, Get Noticed!
The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) is a nationally recognized program and the mark of excellence for catering and event professionals. The recognition and opportunities that come with a CPCE designation empower you to fast-track your career or business.
Earning your CPCE set you apart! It demonstrates commitment and expertise of your catering and event skills, giving you the competitive advantage.
The CPCE Application Process:
To begin the process, applicants will need to do the following:
- Download the Policy Manual https://www.nace.net/grow/cpce/
- Review the eligibility requirements
- Gather the required documentation
- Complete your application and supervisor verification form
- Submit payment
Scholarship opportunities are available to help you obtain this valuable credential and are provided through the Timothy S.Y. Lam Foundation: https://www.timothysylam.org/cpce-scholarships
Interested in what the exam entails or ready to study and sit for the exam? We are also putting together study groups and already have several interested members! P.S. $100 will be knocked off of each application when 5 or more apply together! Even more reason to encourage your industry friends to take this exam with you!
Email Stephanie Olivares, CPCE for more information at [email protected]
CPCE Corner Answer Key
Test your catering & event planning skills with a CPCE question!
For a typical pre-dinner reception, you would be best to provide seating for how many people?
A. 75% of the expected number of guests
B. 10 - 15% of the expected number of guests
C. 50% of the expected attendance
D. 25 - 30% of the expected number of guests
(Correct answer is D)
Call for Committees
Volunteering at the chapter level is a great way to make new connections, showcase your talents, and help shape the direction of NACE Alamo. From micro volunteer opportunities to committee service, there are numerous opportunities to get involved!
Committees that are currently looking for volunteers are President's Gala, Programs, Fundraising, Community Service and Marketing. If you are interested, please email President-Elect, Stephanie Olivares, at [email protected] and she will forward your information to the appropriate committee chair to contact you about committee meetings and obligations.