NACE January Newsletter Print

President's Report

Happy New Year! I love the feeling of endings and beginnings. We all can make change and feel anew. I hope that 2019 brought each of you success and 2020 will bring even more. NACE-Alamo Chapter is already starting the year off feeling fresh! We unveiled our new chapter website design last month. If you haven't seen it, please check it out. Thank you to our new Director of Marketing Amy Riggle for spear-heading this effort.

Thank you to our sponsors and host venue for making our December luncheon a success. Bob’s Steak & Chop House provided a delicious lunch and space. We were also able to have a successful wine pull and holiday raffle drawing. Thank you to Caitlin Bracewell our new Director of Fundraising. She stepped in and supported President-Elect Stephanie Olivares on making that a fun successful fundraiser to close out 2019 on a high note!

Please join us next week on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, 6:00PM, at The Veranda for our first educational program of the year, Event Emergency Preparedness. Considering the national and global climate, event professionals are always at the forefront of crisis situations should they occur. Immediate Past President Sarah James has arranged for the Area Director of Security and Loss Prevention for Omni Hotels and Resorts, Sean Ford to speak to the NACE Alamo Chapter. He will dive in and present Active Assailant situations and safety protocol for large and small events. Attending this meeting will earn members 1 CE credit to count towards applying for the CPCE exam.

If you are interested in serving on a committee for 2020 and looking to the future of potential board service, please contact myself [email protected] or President-Elect Stephanie Olivares, [email protected]. We can help you decide on a path toward involvement, contribution and success.


Christina L. Alvarado, CPCE
President, NACE Alamo Chapter

Christina L. Alvarado, CPCE

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Calendar of Events

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Upcoming Meetings

Join us to hear Sean Ford, MPA, LCC, retired Chief of Police and security consult with over 25 years of experience in public safety, security facilitation and emergency operations management. Sean currently works as Director of Security and Loss Prevention for Omni Hotels and Resorts as well as an ongoing security consult with his own company, FordMOTIVATION. 

Addressing timely issues in the events community, Sean will discuss Active Assailant situations and safety protocol for a variety of emergency situations that occur with events large and small. Based on current research and understanding of Active Assailants, the presentation will include step by step information on what to do and not to do, how to assist others, and the best responses to various circumstances. The instruction will also include ideal responses to a variety of emergencies to equip you to better assist event guests and staff. This is an imperative topic you won't want to miss!

January's meeting will be held at the Veranda, with a fantastic menu provided by Spice of Life Catering.

Program Flow

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

Bacon, Lobster and Tomato Ciabatta Bites

Sesame and Wasabi Deviled Egg Shots

Crisp Papadum “Nachos” topped with Roasted Eggplant Butter and Pomegranate BBQ Chicken

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

A Salad of Winter Arugula with Red Pear, Golden Beets, and Crumbled Goat Cheese, with a Creamy Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette

Madras Lamb Curry-served on Apricot and Pistachio Basmati Rice Pilaf with Eight Boy Garnishes
Served with warm Naan with tangy tamarind butter

Moist Almond Cake laced with Frangelica, with a Blackberry and Sour Orange Conserve

7:30pm - 8:15pm
Education Program

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

Members: $45
Non-Members: $55
Walk-Ins will be taken as space allows

Thank you to our meeting sponsors!



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!

  • 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! 



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CPCE Corner

The new year is around the corner! Is your goal for 2020 to continue to advance your career? Why not consider getting your CPCE Certification?

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. Obtaining a CPCE designation shows your employer and clients that you have demonstrated experience and expertise, giving you a competitive advantage. The core competencies provide the foundation you need to establish yourself in the catering and events industry and take your career to the next level.

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! Email Stephanie Olivares, CPCE for more information at [email protected] 

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CPCE Corner Answer Key

Test your catering & event planning skills with a CPCE question! 

What are DRAMSHOP Laws? 

A. Laws that hold establishments partially responsible for the affect of alcoholic beverage on a guest

B. Allows the state to file a lawsuit against a licensed business, individuals employed by that business or the social host of a private party where alcohol is served

C. Measurement of alcohol content

Email your answer to [email protected] to see if you get the CPCE question right! 

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NACE Alamo Board Members are hitting the road and heading to Dallas on January 25th for the annual NACE Evolve Conference! 

President Christina Alvarado, President Elect Stephanie Olivares, Director of Fundraising Caitlin Bracewell, & Director of Marketing Amy Riggle will represent NACE Alamo Chapter at this annual conference for leadership within the NACE community. We will network with other chapter leaders from across the country while learning about new programs and chapter development.

We can't wait to implement what we learn for our NACE Alamo members! Stay tuned on social media to see pictures from the conference and hear all about this adventure.

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Call for Committees

It’s a New Year and do YOU want to get involved? Join a NACE Committee!

A great way to give back to our local industry and have input on what the chapter is bringing back to our members is by being a committee member. 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.


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Experience! News

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!  

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