September 2017 Print

President's Report

Jennifer Anderson, CPCE Jennifer Anderson, CPCE, Chapter President

Dear Las Vegas Chapter Members,

As we patiently await a break in the heat I can’t believe it’s already September! This year is truly flying by but that’s because we’re having fun doing what we love!  I’m excited to see you all at the Down Town Grand event next week! We will have a special guest attend and if don’t already know and love Amber Allen from our Phoenix chapter, she is also our recently elected CLC (Chapter Leadership Council) Chair on our NACE National Board.

I would also like to inform you of some things we are working on at a board level.

  • Revising Local Chapter Bylaws to be available on our website January 1, 2018
  • Look for a “Call for Volunteers” e-blast coming soon to join local NACE committees and open board positions
  • The board is also working hard and preparing for the 2017 Installation Gala Details also coming soon so you can save the date!

Thank you again for your continued support and feedback so we can continuously make our Chapter better!


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Chapter Meetings


Discover what's new in Downtown Las Vegas with a pub crawl and progressive dinner featuring the fare of local restaurants.  Fremont East continues to evolve, offering a twist on classic Vegas with art, music, and amazing food selection.  Join Las Vegas NACE to see what's new and enticing with the Downtown Grand and the 3rd Street Experience!

The Venue ...



Art Bar at Downtown Grand

Guests will be sorted into 5 groups with a Pub Crawl start time of 6:30pm.

Art Bar



Menu ...

Join NACE for a festival sampling the 3rd Street locations including:

                            Triple George     Commisary  Freedom Beat


Served at various locations


Vegetarian Arancini Rice Ball with House Marinara

Meatball basil mozzarella

Mushroom Flatbread

Assortment of Sliders with shredded lettuce, garlic remoulade, and pickles

Chickpea biscuit

Bite Size Taco Salad with Lettuce, Tomato, Chicken, Sour Cream

Mini Chicago Hotdogs

Infused Desserts from The Cookie Bar LV

Cauliflower Rice


Conclude the tour at

Downtown Grand Citrus Pool, located on the second floor


Grand Pool Deck

Citrus Pool


Lobster Rolls

Table side guacamole

Frozen Grapes

Pina Coladas & Margaritas

Parking ...

Complimentary Valet parking is available at Downtown Grand.  Self-parking downtown is available for $10.00.

Sponsors ...

Event planning requires a dedicated team to produce events. The Las Vegas Chapter of NACE would like to thank the member sponsors for the evening:           

By Dzign      Christies Photographic      Shutterbooth

 Downtown Grand     Champagne Creative     Just Bars



September 14, 2017
6:30 PM PDT to 8:30 PM PDT

Downtown Grand
206 N 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Venue Website


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NACE Culinary Experience Events


Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

On September 24, join the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE for a dinner event with “Savors of The Strip" courtesy of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours.  The tour will feature a glamorous evening extravaganza that is a show in and of itself, as you get whisked inside the exclusive doors of four of Vegas’ most dynamic restaurants to enjoy adventurous and luxurious fare.

Savors of the Strip

Guests are offered a VIP experience with immediate seating, 3-4 signature dishes at four restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip and a guided walking tour between stops packed with insider information on Las Vegas and the sights along the way.  At each stop, you can sit next to a different person, affording greater opportunities to mingle. The menu will include a pre-selected signature cocktail at three restaurants with signature dishes served at all four.

Mandatory check-in at 4:45pm outside the main entrance to ARIA Resort & Casino in the middle of "Focus", a curved water wall that measures 250 feet long by 24 feet high.



 Members may register a guest at the member price!



Nearest parking location is at Aria.  Self-Parking fee is $15 for 4 or more hours.


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Membership Spotlight

Each month, we showcase members from the Las Vegas NACE Chapter as local professionals who are dedicated to the hospitality industry.


Nicole Mehlhaff Nicole Mehlhaff, Director of Catering, Downtown Grand


Jamie Oristano Jamie Oristano, President, Just Bars


Anne Weida, CPCE CMP Anne Weida, CMP, CPCE, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino 


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National NACE News


We Love Houston

Dear NACE family and friends,

We are all currently watching many of our Houston NACE family members struggle with the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, and subsequent flooding in many areas. As an organization, we are all closely connected, and the outpouring of support has been tremendous. Thank you to everyone that has reached out thus far, and please know that we are working to connect those in need with support.

Many of you have asked, "what can we do?" Below is a list of organizations and individuals who are supporting relief efforts for our catering and events family in the Houston area. We invite you to provide us with additional resources and encourage you to share all links with anyone that may need help or post updates on our fellow members there. 

  • You can donate online or apply for crisis relief from the SEARCH Foundation.
  • Clara Hough, Houston Chapter Member, has a GoFundMe campaign option with details on how she will assist the community.
  • The American Red Cross is accepting donations for Hurricane relief efforts.

Our thoughts are with Houston. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support.National Board Leaders


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New Members


NACE membership provides you with an instant network of more than 3,500 professional colleagues in the catering and events industry. Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced professional, the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) has the education, tools and resources you need to build and excel at your career.

Each month, we welcome our new members to the organization.  If you see them at a meeting, make sure to say hello and show them some Las Vegas hospitality!

Professional Members

Trey Parker Trey Parker, Co-Ower, LA Allstars 


Lynn Wu, Marketing Partner, P.F. Changs China Bistro






Tanesha Zaccaria Tanesha Zaccaria, Associate Sales Manager, Brooklyn Bowl

Student Members

 Brittany Fitzpatrick, TISOH 

Derrick Oliver, TISOH

 Madison Pike, TISOH

 Mandy Weiss, TISOH


It is as easy as a few clicks of your mouse to add your name to the list and begin learning more how to enhance your career through membership in NACE.  

  • Membership is for one year from joining and includes you in the NACE National directory, as well as the Las Vegas Chapter.

  • Members attend meetings for a discounted rate, attend special "Members Only" events, and are able to earn discounts as part of member benefits.

  • A variety of membership types based on number of members and years in the industry.

Click here to join today!


To celebrate the season, NACE is beginning its fall membership campaign, Fall in Love with NACE, on Monday, September 18, 2017.  To show appreciation not only to prospective members, renewing members will have the opportunity to renew on time or before their expiration date to take advantage of a special renewal rate.

New Member Offer  |  Renewing Member OfferStudent Membership Drive

New Member Offer
For $295 (that’s right, a $100 savings!) prospective members can enjoy the many benefits NACE has to offer. The 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 can also receive the discount.

Renewing Member Offer
Do you love NACE and all that is has to offer? Do you wish there was a way to save on your renewal fee? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then we have a special offer just for you. Renew your professional membership, which is normally $395, on time or before your expiration date and pay only $295. You save $100 off your renewal. And yes, we will add 12 months to your expiration date if you renew early!


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Community Service

The Las Vegas NACE Chapter believes in supporting our community through outreach to local organizations.  Each month, our Community Service Committee organizes to support a variety of local charities including Candlelighters, Street Teens, and Shade Tree.  Money raised at meetings goes to a variety of items to support these charities, from bottled water to gift cards.  If you are interested in assisting with any of their efforts, please contact Kay Kolbo for more information.


Street Teens Las Vegas



Each month, members of the Las Vegas Chapter donate hot meals and desserts for the monthly dinner for Street Teens and will continue to donate throughout the year.  

  • August Donation: Chad Taylor of ETA donated 25 hot meals and birthday cake.


As temperatures rise, it is that time of year for our annual bottled water drive for Street Teens.   Help us meet our goal of 200 cases of bottled water.  The Chapter is already at 150 donated bottles including donations collected by Annie Kang Drachen at her Family ATA Martial Arts studio and JMT Eventology from hosting a summer wine event  - will you help us reach our goal?  Contact Kay Kolbo to arrange dropoff of your donation.


Another successful water bottle delivery to Street Teens thanks to donations from Annie Kang of Family ATA Martial Arts.  We are only 29 cases away from making our goal for the year!



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Member Benefits


Why become a member of your local NACE Chapter when you can just attend monthly events?  Joining NACE offers a variety of benefits for personal and professional growth, as well as an opportunity to become part of an incredible national organization!  Each month, we will share information about one of the great benefits of joining NACE.


Did you know that as a NACE Member, you can find out who is attending the upcoming meetings?  Are you looking to connect with a colleague, make a new connection, or just see who you want to sit next to?  When you log in to register for the monthly events, you can also access the attendee list.  


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Congrats to NACE LV Director of Fundraising, Monica Direnzo on winning Volunteer of the Year Award from Win-Win Entertainment!


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Las Vegas NACE has created a cookbook of member recipes to spice up your year.  Enjoy some member favorites, as well as samples from local celebrity chefs!

Purchase online or at an upcoming meeting. 


Gain exposure for your business by donating raffle prizes to the Las Vegas NACE Chapter, and earn points toward scholarship to attend Experience!  To provide raffle donations, please contact


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Members on the Move

NACE is committed to helping our members grow in their professional careers and develop their businesses.  If you have news to share about a new job, promotion, accomplishments, or awards let us know and we will post it!  And don't forget to update your contact information with NACE National by logging into your account at


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Promote your Business



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Learn more about maximizing your membership and utilizing the Las Vegas NACE website.


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Chapter News

The NACE Las Vegas Chapter newsletter offers you the opportunity to link with other Catering and Event Professionals.  Our newsletter is published quarterly and accepts submissions for articles, calendar of events, employment opportunities, community service, business updates, and other NACE success stories.

Articles:  To submit an article or other information for inclusion for our next newsletter please submit your information by the 4th day of the month.  The Calendar of Events and Employment Opportunities will be updated weekly as we receive information.  What are you waiting for?  Be in the NEWS! 

Calendar of Events:  Share your upcoming events such as open houses, grand openings, or showcases to invite other NACE members to participate or attend.  We will update this regularly even after the newsletter is issued so check back regularly to see what is new!

Employment Opportunities:  Have you checked out the classifieds?  If you are seeking another qualified individual for your business send us information including the title of the position, qualifications, contact information, and any other pertinent information to attract other industry professionals!  And don't forget to let us know once the position is filled to welcome them!

Business Updates:  If you received a promotion, changed positions, or expanded your business we would love to hear about your success!


Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 29, 2017.  The Annual Making Strides of Las Vegas will be held at Red Rock Casino.  This will be the fourth year that NACELV member Sight & Sound Events will be emceeing the event and rocking the stage to fight cancer!


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