NACE March Newsletter Print

President's Report

Spring events and great weather is what I love about March and on that note please mark your calendar for our April chapter meeting, taking place on Tuesday, April 14th. We will be hosted at the stunning Japanese Tea Garden which is the perfect place to take in the season. Our speaker featured in April will be Don Mamone, Immediate Past President of the NACE Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter. He is bringing his expertise and fantastic personality to talk about branding and marketing your business to your clients. Please don’t miss out on this educational opportunity! Thank you to Fresh Horizons Catering for hosting and being our featured caterer next month.

A big thank you to Monique Studak! Wow! What a fantastic meeting last night discussing new trends in the world of wine. She is a National NACE legend, and we are lucky to have her as a dedicated member of the Texas NACE chapters. Thank you to True Flavors and Casa Hernan, for providing such a lovely unique venue and curating a menu that complimented our session so wonderfully, and to Future Sounds and Great Event Rentals for last night’s audiovisual and rentals. Another thank you to Aly Am Paperie for the beautiful menu cards, and thank you to Expose the Heart Photography for capturing our meeting.

This past month we held our annual Tasty Bites competition at the Pearl Stable. Congratulations to all of our winners! As one of our biggest signature events, it was again a tremendous success. A huge shout out goes to the team that makes this event possible, especially to the sponsors and planning team for all their contributions. Todd Kabes and Monica Garcia with San Antonio Weddings spearheaded the efforts alongside the Pearl Stable team and Sonya Villarreal, NACE Alamo Vice President of Membership, to produce a flawless event. They coordinated all the vendor partners, sponsors, and caterers to make this happen to benefit our education programs, scholarships, and our featured nonprofit Alpha Home. Please see below for a list of sponsors, winners, and highlighted photos.

Members, as a reminder I have sent out the 2020 NACE Experience scholarship application. The applications are due this Friday March 6th at 5PM CST. Please contact me at [email protected] for any questions.

March is also our Spring Membership Campaign! Please see the information below and contact Sonya Villarreal with any questions at [email protected]. Members also get $50 off their next renewal for each referral so take advantage of this promotion.

Have a great March and thank you NACE Alamo family for creating a network of talent, resources and support to our community. Warm and Welcoming is NACE Alamo!

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 the NACE Alamo Cahpter for this dynamic event as we discuss how branding can boost your personal and business success! Learn how branding can differentiate you from your competition, strategies to maximize return on your time and tangible step by step quality content creation with simply your cell phone. Register today to join us and ensure your seat at this limited event!

Our speaker Don Mamone's decade long career in hospitality culminated with his role as the Director of Events for the renowned Beverly Hilton Hotel. It was his time in this fast paced career that instilled in him the importance of customer service and relationship building. In 2007, Don and his wife Emily launched their Texas based photography studio, The Mamones LLC and credit their success with the fundamentals learned on the front lines of hospitality. 

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Scholarship Applications

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.

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Membership Drive

Do you see yourself in NACE? Join today and be at the center of the catering and events industry! Get 15 months of membership for the price of 12 with code SPRING20! Learn more at

This offer is available to new members or anyone who has been expired for more than a year. 

Why join NACE? Take this piece of advice from NACE Alamo President Christina Alvarado, CPCE 

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Monthly Meeting Recap

The 2020 Tasty Bites Challenge was an unforgettable evening! Over 170 people attended this year's Tasty Bites held on February 11th at the Pearl Stable. Caterers, bartenders, and decor providers brought out the very best and competed for the coveted Tasty Bites Awards. Members and guests were treated to savory hors d'oeuvres, delectable desserts, and elevated cocktails. For event more photos - click here! Check out below for the list of winners and photos from Tasty Bites Challenge 2020: 

Thank you to our sponsors! 

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Welcome New Members

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CPCE Corner

   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: 

  1. Download the Policy Manual 
  2. Review the eligibility requirements
  3. Gather the required documentation
  4. Complete your application and supervisor verification form 
  5. Submit payment  

Scholarship opportunities are available to help you obtain this valuable credential and are provided through the Timothy S.Y. Lam Foundation: 

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] 

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CPCE Corner Answer Key

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

The wire cap on a champagne or sparkling wine bottle is known as a ? 

A. Cage

B. Basket

C. Hanger

D. Carriage

(Correct answer is A)

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