April 2018 Print

Chapter Meetings


Springs Preserve



Let's change it up from the ballroom with four walls!  Learn how natural beauty and sustainability can be incorporated into your unique event! 


Join us at the Springs Preserve's Garden Terrace.  This divine, indoor-outdoor space offers panoramic views of the Springs Preserve's botanical garden and bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip.

Speakers at the event will feature the fabulous: 

~ Thomas O'Toole, Zoologist: Presents information with a wry sense of humor.  O'Toole has been with the Springs Preserve since 2006, arriving after positions at The Mirage's Dolphin Habitat and Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. 

~ Bruno Bowles, Preserve Manager: Will speak about the museum, the garden, and other areas of the Preserve.  Bruno has spent his career caring for and working to help excite others about conserving our most precious resources.  He joined Springs Preserve to continue to support the mission of the organization to provide a cultural gathering place, celebrate the vibrant history of Las Vegas, and to share a vision for a sustainable, successful Las Vegas. 

~ Nathan Harper, Archaeologist: Will tell share the projects and history of Springs Preserve


Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Braised Duck Taco with Peach Pico de Gallo
Apple Plank Grilled Scallop with Honey Gastrique
Smoked Almond Brie & Goat Cheese Mousse
Lamb Kafta Meatballs with Smoke Cherry Wood Balsamic & Mustard Seed Glaze 

Raclette Fondue Live Station
Raclette has been a tradition in Europe for hundreds of years. A traditional meal comprising of Alpine cheeses melted on the wheel and then scraped onto accompaniments such as potatoes, roasted vegetables, breads and meats, it has been a favorite particular among inhabitants of the regions where it originated, namely the Valais and Haute Savois regions of Switzerland and France. 

Sweet and Savory Crepe Station

Mascarpone, berry compote, chocolate sauce

Braised chicken, wild mushroom, alfredo sauce

Infused Water Station
A combination of seasonal fruits and herbs immersed in cold water
Two drink tickets per person valid for Domestic and Imported Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks, Soda or Water




 April 11, 2018

6:00 PM PDT to 8:30 PM PDT
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 The Springs Preserve

333 S. Valley View Blvd. 
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Venue Website



Free Parking.  Once through the main entrance follow signs to the Garden Terrace.


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Raffle Dazzle


We are excited to annouce that in 2018, 25% of our raffle funds will help fund our Community Service donations. We are consolidating our efforts at meetings to continue to fund the great work of our Community Service Committee. The Las Vegas NACE Chapter  continues to partner with local non-profit organizations to give back including Street Teens, Olive Crest and Candlelighters.  

This month's featured raffles prizes include:

(2) Tickets to Jeff Civillico  Jeff Civillico Comedy In Action 

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(2) Tickets to the Bronx Wanders - The Bronx Wanders 

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(2) Tickets to Carrot Top, Lu Ann Terrell - Showtime Marketing 

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(4) Tickets madame Tussauds - Michael Tappia, Madame Tussauds 

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$25 value gift certificate for Vigil's with cookbook and signature BBQ sauce, Kay Kolbo - Alicart Restaurant Group  


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Experience! Palm Springs

Save the Date for #NACEEXP18

The 2018 NACE Experience conference will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, CA from July 22-25, 2018. Check for updates as the plan unfolds for the annual conference!


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Every year, the NACE One Awards recognizes excellence by creative catering and event professionals responsible for executing one of a kind events. Awards are given to individuals and chapters that demonstrate planning, production, and execution of spectacular events. For each of the categories below, NACE judges select ONE winner, will you be THE ONE?

2018 NACE Awards

Your submission will be showcased at the NACE Awards Gala at the 2018 NACE Experience Conference in Palm Springs, California and you might be the ONE that takes home the trophy!

Key Dates & Info 
Awards Entry Deadline – April 27, 2018
Nomination List Announced – May 15, 2018
The NACE One Awards Gala –  July 24, 2018
2017 NACE One Winners


Industry Rockstars- $115 Entry Fee
Industry awards allow you to credit members of the team that contributed to your event. Each team member included in the submission will receive an award.


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NACE supports the continuing education of our future leaders and current members in the industry.  There are a variety of scholarship opportunities for Catering and Event Professionals interested in attending Experience Conference, earning your certification of CPCE, or furthering your eduction.  For more information, visit our Scholarship Webpage to learn how to support your continuing development and success.


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Membership Spotlight


Each month we showcase members from the Las Vegas Chapter of NACE as local professionals who are dedicated to the hospitality industry.  To represent the different facets of our industry, we focus on a member from Catering and Events, as well as a member who has attainted their CPCE Certification.  


Tony Shinn CPCE Tony Shinn, CPCE, Catering Manager, The Mirage


Shawndra Talaga Shawndra Talaga, Catering Sales Manager, Centerplate at the Las Vegas Convention Center


Rebecca Stebbins Rebecca Stebbins CHE, Weddings Manager, The Venetian | The Palazzo


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NACE Legacy


NACE started with humble beginnings in 1958 in New York City as the Banquet Managers Guild.  Over the years, the organization has grown across the country and with the industry to become "One Industry, One Association".  

From its local beginnings in New York City, NACE has grown to encompass more than 4,000 members in more than 40 chapters in North America. NACE continues to raise the standard of professionalism in the industry through education, certification, standards, ethics and professional recognition programs. NACE remains dedicated to growing and changing with the industry’s needs, providing critical resources for all its members, wherever they are in their careers and whatever their positions.  Read our story


Each month, we celebrate our members who have been a part of the organization throughout for at least five years, providing their continued mentorship, participation, and support of our chapter and guidance for emerging leaders in our industry.

15 Years

 Kathy Dyke CPCE, Event Designer, By Dzign

12 Years

Michelle Parsons Michelle Parsons CGSP, Director of Marketing and Sales, Tuxedo Junction

5 Years

Tammie Burneo Tammie Burneo, Catering Sales Manager,  JW Marriott Resort and Spa


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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!


Natalie Anderman Natalie Anderman, Sales and Catering Manager, TPC Summerlin

Laurel O'Neil Laurel O'Neil, Event Design Manager, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Jennifer Spriggs, Event and Catering Manager, Rí Rá, The Irish Pub and Restaurant


Tsevta Ivanova

 60th Anniversary of NACE


Join one of the oldest hospitality professional organizations and take the next step in your career.  Belonging to a professional organization demonstrates a commitment to your career and industry, as well as provides opportunities to become more involved in shaping the local professional community.  NACE members also refer business to other NACE members, as well as provide career opportunities!

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.

  • Consider joining a committee and running for a position to be a part of the Board of Directors.  There are also opportunities to participate on a National level in a variety of committees


 NACE Membership


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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.


NACE members will have an all-access pass to participate in members-only idea swap webinars. During selected months, you will have the opportunity to discuss issues, share best practices and nationally network with colleagues in various areas of interest.

View the 2018 Idea Swap schedule below and click the link to register. All webinars will begin at 2:00 pm EST. 

Need more reasons to become a member of NACE?  Check out this great article outlining the Top 10 Reasons for Joining a Professional Organization.


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What are your professional goals for the year? Getting your Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) is an investment in your career that shows employers and clients your aptitude and commitment to the profession. NACE offers the opportunity to accomplish your professional goals with self-paced, online courses available through the NACE store.

Get started today! Review our certification requirements and download an application today.

For more information, visit our CPCE webpage to begin your journey.



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Upcoming Member Events

Las Vegas NACE award winner and member, Jodi Harris, is featured in this month's Mobile Beat DJ Magazine.  The feature is called:  Women Who Run the Show.  Click here to read the article.  

Congratulations, Jodi 


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Get Involved!


You get more out of your membership in NACE by becoming involved as a volunteer.  The opportunities for professional growth are endless as you assist with our monthly programs and events as a part of a Committee (local or national), and joining the Board of Directors.  This is your opportunity to have a more active role in your career and industry through participation.  In addition, speak to one of our Board of Directors for more information as to how you can become more involved to promote yourself and your business.

For more information, visit our Get Involved webpage to learn more about the following opportunities.  


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Community Service


The Las Vegas NACE Chapter embraces the Spirit of NACE in our commitment to our local community in 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.

For 2018, the Board of Directors for NACE has also updated our fundraising for community service by donating 25% of the monthly raffle proceeds to the Community Service Committee to help fund our ongoing efforts to support the local community.


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.

  March - Gary Bordman AE-ES

Street Teens


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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!



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