September 2018  


Hello Alamo NACE Members-

What a great night at this year's President's Gala. I want to say a special thank you Christina and her fantastic gala committee for bringing this year's event home with style and finesse.

At our Annual Gala we had the opportunity to celebrate the journey we've taken together with NACE. Alamo NACE is essentially about growth, for yourself and your career. Next month we will be holding our annual elections, and I'd like you to consider taking the next step in your NACE journey by running for our board. Contested elections make a strong board, bring greater diversity, and ultimately make our chapter better. I sincerely hope to see many new names on the ballots this year!

Sarah James

Alamo NACE President

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Upcoming Meetings

Join us for this exciting evening as we will be meeting the candidates and voting for our new 2019 Board of Directors for NACE-Alamo Chapter. We are excited to see what the new Board of Directors has in store for all of us in the new year with upcoming programs, fundraising events, and much more.  

As a special treat, we will be having a wine tasting and food pairing with an amazing guest speaker, during our dinner session of the evening. This is going to be an evening that you don't want to miss out on. So let's raise a glass and say "Cin Cin" to a great night.   

Program Flow


Registration & Networking


Open Bar


Opening Announcements

Board of Director Candidate Introductions 

Ballots will be given to you at registration. You can submit at any point during the evening. 

Plated Dinner

Special Salad

romaine & spring mix lettuce, slices of avacado, roma tomato, artichokes, and hearts of plam drizzled with Italian dressing 


Shrimp Paesano

pan seared shrimp marinated in a lemon butter garlic sauce topped on a bed of spagetti with some sautée spinach underneath the pasta 


Apple Tart with Caramel Sauce 

baked apples placed on a flaky pie crust layered with a warm caramel sauce 


Wine tasting and Food pairing Program


Closing Announements

Election Results

Event Concludes

*For any dietary restrictions please contact the Director of Programs 

Register by Friday, October 5th at Noon to ensure your seat

Members: $45.00

Non-Members: $55.00

Walk-ins will be taken as space allows

RSVP'S after Friday at Noon and Walk-Ins:

Members: $55.00

Non-Members: $65.00

Thank you to our sponsor

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Fundraising News

Join the Alamo NACE Chapter for the 4th Annual Lip Sync Battle FUN-Raiser! This year's competition is as fierce as ever! So get in that fun, competitive spirit and come out to support your fellow NACE members as they lips sync their hearts out. Members and guests pay only $35. Regisration includes admission to the event, food, drinks, and 5 free vote tokens. 

Want to compete?

Have you been practicing your dance moves? Singing in the shower every chance you get? Do you have the moves like Jagger? Sign up to strutt your stuff and compete to take home the highly coveted "Alamo NACE Best Lip Syner" trophy.

Contact Amy Riggle at We are taking the first 10 participants. Song submissions are due by October 24th. Costumes, back up dancers, and all group participation is encouraged! 

The Rules

The rules are simple. There will be a maximum of 10 Lip Sync Performers. All acts will perform during the preliminary round. The top 4 performers selected by audience vote will go on to the final round, where a winner will emerge victorious! 

The Votes

Every person that attends the Lip Sync Battle will receive 5 voting tokens in which to vote for your "lip syncer(s)" of choice. Additional voting tokens may be purchased for $1 for 1 vote or $5 for 6 votes. Additional votes may be purchased in advance or at the event. 

All proceeds will benefit the Alamo Chapter of NACE to raise funds in order to continue to provide educational experiences, great monthly programs, speakers, and scholarships for our members to attend the annual Experience! Conference. 

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To show our appreciation not only to prospective members, our renewing members, who renew either on time or before their expiration date, will have the opportunity to take advantage of a special renewal rate.

New Member Offer
For $295 (that’s right, a $100 savings!) prospective members can enjoy the many benefits NACE has to offer. This offer is for new members that join at the Professional member rate of $395 only. Professional members that have lapsed on their membership for one year or more are also eligible to receive this discount.

Offers are valid September 17, 2018 – October 31, 2018. You do not need a code. The discount is already applied at checkout. 

Why Join NACE
NACE membership offers networking opportunities, resources and steep discounts on NACE educational opportunities and NACE partner services.

Explore the benefits provided to you as a Member of NACE

  • More than 45 chapters across North America provide peer-to-peer networking and allow you to make professional contacts in your industry and within your specialty.
  • Access to the NACE Membership Directory


  • Experience is the most valuable industry conference in our profession. Industry leaders, chefs, caterers, designers and event professionals come together to teach, learn, see and taste the most up-to-the-minute trends in our industry.
  • NACE Education offers self-paced online courses on the core concepts of the catering and events industry.


  • The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) designation is the most widely respected professional certification in the industry. Employers, peers and clients see CPCE as a mark of accomplishment, credibility and trust.



  • Being a member of NACE means growth as a leader. Getting involved with NACE means members practice valuable skills that they take to their own businesses.


  • Marketing resources including ebook and webinards presented by ThriveHive.
  • Members of NACE enjoy pricing discounts on the products and services they use the most.
  • The NACE Awards recognize outstanding vision, inspiration, leadership and achievement in catering and event design.
  • NACE News keeps industry professionals informed of topics that impact their day to day activities.



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Gala News

On September 12, 2018 our chapter hosted the 13th Annual President’s Gala at The Veranda. Over 150 guests were treated to a night featuring the best sights, sounds and cuisine themed Fire & Ice. Many thanks to our Gala Committee who worked tirelessly for months producing the signature event of the year. It would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and in-kind donors to pull of such a magical evening. On behalf of myself, the Board, and Gala Committee, thank you from the bottom of my heart. It was a pleasure and delight to share this evening among friends.  


Christina Alvarado-Morales

2018 Gala Chair


For all images from the amazing event, please go to the Alamo NACE Facebook page.


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OPENING DATE: July 25, 2018
WORK HOURS: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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APPLICANT INFORMATION: ? If selected for this position, official transcripts, diplomas, certifications and licenses must be submitted at the time of processing. Unofficial transcripts and copies of other relevant documents may be attached to the application for consideration in advance. ? Please be advised that if selected for this position, information regarding employment history as it relates to the qualifications of this position will be needed for employment verification. Applicants claiming military service to meet the experience requirement for this position may attach a DD214 to the application. ? Applicants selected for employment with Visit San Antonio in this position must receive satisfactory results from pre-employment drug testing and background checks. If required for the position, a physical, motor vehicle record evaluation, and additional background checks may be conducted.
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