May 2019  

President's Report

It’s May and the year is flying fast! First, I want to congratulate our Alamo Chapter on three NACE ONE Award nominations for Chapter of the Year, Chapter Fundraising Event of the Year and Chapter Program of the Year. Also, a big shout out to Shimeyka Olivares and the San Antonio Botanical Garden for their nomination of Social Event Production of the Year, Budget $50K-100K. I am so very proud of the recognition that our outstanding chapter and members are receiving. I am looking forward to the NACE One Awards Gala this July at Experience in Cincinnati. Fingers crossed we will bring home the trophies!

Please join us this coming Tuesday, May 14th at the exquisite Club at Sonterra. This month’s program is exciting and colorful, to say the least… Gaga for LGBTQ Weddings! Come listen and learn from our speakers while feasting on a special delectable menu. Come dressed to impress. We'll be having a dance party and a Rainbow attire outfit contest during the Lady Gaga Cocktail Hour. So, come early, dance, and be Gaga Gorgeous. I hope to see the sparkle in full.

As a reminder, the 2019 Experience Conference registration is live. Please see for more information on the conference packages. It is a great week of networking, showcasing events, and education.

Remember, I am here for our membership as a resource and guide. If anyone would like to have coffee with me, please feel free to reach out. Have a great spring season.

Warmest Wishes,

Christina L. Alvarado, CPCE


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Alamo NACE Chapter President’s Gala News

Sponsorships are now available for the NACE Alamo Chapter’s 14th Annual President’s Gala – Hollywood Glitz! The President’s Gala Committee is calling all Volunteers, Vendors and Sponsors to get involved with Alamo NACE’s signature fundraising event. Help us showcase our amazing members by showcasing your business or contributing your services, and help us create the most spectacular President’s Gala to date! Sponsorship Levels and more information can be found on the attached 2019 Gala Sponsor Packet.
For more information, please email Stephanie Olivares at [email protected]
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Upcoming Meetings

Wedding Season is Here! Let's celebrate the Big Day! Join Alamo NACE on May 14th for an amazing wedding trends educational session--GaGa for LGBTQ Weddings: The Rainbow Connection! After this fun and interactive program, you will see all the colors of the Rainbow. Weddings are the best day of a couple's life; from the cake, the decorations, music, and entertainment, to the choice of venue. Everything must be a perfect fit. How do the logistics of a wedding change for a same-sex couple? As event professionals, we strive to create a beautiful experience for each and every couple that walks into our business. Our featured speakers, Jordan Maney, and Parker Radbourne did exactly that when they started their companies, and are going to teach us the triumphs and what we can learn more of to cater to the LGBTQ community.

Jordan Maney launched All The Days Event Company in September 2016 with a goal to reach South Texas couples with inclusive hearts and creative minds. As a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, Jordan Maney moved back to San Antonio to bring progressive values she cherishes to the industry she's most passionate about. She helps wedding vendors better understand and connect with their local LGBTQ+ community in a sincere way. In addition to operating her business, Jordan Maney is the assistant editor for Catalyst Wedding magazine, founder of the Brash networking organization for women business owners, and a board member of Liftfund's San Antonio Women's Business Center.  

Parker Radbourne is a local portrait and wedding photographer who has worked with clients of all sexualities and gender identities. Growing up in an extremely conservative religious community, Parker lost his family, friends, and home when he came out as queer, and then transgender, as a young adult. After moving to San Antonio eight years ago, and starting his transition he became involved in local and state LGBTQ activism and education, while also developing his photography brand, The PK Photographs.

Our event will be held at the exquisite Club at Sonterra who will be showcasing their hospitable service with a spectacular dinner and open bar--Check out the menu below for more details.

You don't want to miss out on this outrageously fun and educational event--REGISTER TODAY to ensure your seat!

We'll be having a dance party and a Rainbow attire outfit contest during the Lady Gaga Cocktail Hour! So come early, dance, and be Gaga Gorgeous!!

Complimentary Valet Parking will be available

You will earn 1 CE credit in Events Management for attending this event.

Program Flow

6:00pm - 6:45pm
Registration & Networking

Butler Passed Hors D'Oeuvres

Brie tarts with grapes and walnuts

Sesame chicken skewers drizzled with Asian ginger sauce

Open Bar

6:45pm - 7:30pm
Opening Announcements
Plated Dinner

Sonterra Salad

Hydroponic artesian baby lettuce, english cucumber lace, sun-dried cranberries, citrus segment's, goat cheese crumbles, and candy pecans served with hibiscus champagne basil vinaigrette

Fresh petit dinner rolls with honey truffle infused butter

Duo Plate

Grilled beef tenderloin with chef's wild mushroom dijon mustard sauce, and almond crusted Atlantic salmon filet with micros tarragon beurre blanc sauce accompanied by fingerling potatoes lyonnaise and asparagus medley

Berries Sonterrra

Seasonal berries, Frangelico white chocolate anglaise, served over almond cookie shell and chocolate shavings

7:30pm - 8:15pm
Education Program

8:15pm - 8:30pm
Closing Announcements
Event Concludes

*For any dietary restrictions, please email the Director of Programs by Friday, May 10th


RSVP'S and Walk-Ins:
Members: $45
Non-Members: $60

Thank you to our Sponsors





Somewhere Over the Rainbow……there are contest prizes waiting for you! Come out in your Best Rainbow attire during our Lady Gaga Cocktail Hour for our GaGa for LGBTQ Weddings: The Rainbow Connection meeting at The Club at Sonterra. Our secret panel of judges will be viewing each guest’s costume throughout the evening and will be announcing the winners at the end of the night. The categories for the contest are: Best Rainbow Attire, Best Use of Rainbow Accessories and Most Memorable Rainbow!

Each winner will get a chance to win of one of three amazing prizes: Brunch for 2 at The Club at Sonterra, A Plush Rainbow Unicorn toy and 2 VIP tickets to the wine tasting event at the Texas Folklife Festival in June. 

Get your tickets for next Tuesday's event now at


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NACE National Awards

Have you heard the news? The NACE Alamo Chapter and NACE Alamo members are nominated for FOUR Awards at the upcoming NACE One Awards Gala held at NACE Experience! this July!

Congratulations to the nominees! 

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CPCE Corner

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. Have you ever considered adding those 4 prestigious letters next to your name? Now is the time!
Apply for the CPCE Exam between now and May 31 and receive a free printed copy of the Professional Reference Guide for the Catering and Event Industry (value of $99). This book helps candidates prepare for the CPCE exam by covering 7 of CPCE's 8 core competencies.
For any questions or assistance in applying or studying for the CPCE Exam, please email Stephanie Olivares, CPCE at [email protected]
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Egg White Frittata with Lox and Arugula



8 egg whites, at room temperature

1/2 cup whipping cream

6 ounces lox, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1 lemon, zested

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 packed cups (2 ounces) arugula

1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add the cream, lox, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
  3. In a 10-inch, ovenproof, nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the arugula and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until the arugula has wilted, about 1 minute. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and stir to combine the ingredients. Cook, without stirring for 4 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until set, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Slide the frittata onto a platter. Using a serrated knife, cut the frittata into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.
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