June 2017  

President's Report

June is here! We made it!  Another crazy event season is almost over. And as the weather heats up and events slow down, I hope you find some time to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. Once you’ve taken your long awaited vacation, please don’t hide inside. This is a great time to reconnect with your industry peers. So grab your co-workers, and sign up for all the networking events coming up. Whether it’s NACE, ILEA, HSMAI, MPI, or some of the fun open houses or industry parties like Cool Off in Style. Let’s have some fun this summer! 

 I am so excited for this month’s NACE meeting, Tantalizing Tables. Our programs co-chairs have been working hard over the past several months to put a fun twist on this popular event, and you don’t want to miss out! I hope to see everyone on the 20th

 With love and gratitude,

 Dawn Peterson, Phoenix NACE President

Phoenix Bride & Groom Magazine

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Spirit of NACE

The spectacular Tony Rea from Creations in Cuisine is a perfect example of what the Spirit of NACE is all about. He is constantly volunteering for NACE events including creating an amazing buffet for our May New Era of Buffet Design event. 

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Member Highlight

Member Spotlight

Bob Messinger from Applause Productions

Bob Messinger is a schooled musician on all keyboards, piano, organ, accordion, and studied music arranging at Texas Tech University. He has worked with Disney Productions and traveled with several musical shows to Europe, the Far East and the Hawaiian Islands. Bob and his wife and partner, Mari, started Applause Productions and Entertainment, a full-service entertainment company.  Producing shows and providing all types of entertainment for the corporate and convention market of Arizona.  Bob has been a member of NACE for over 15 years and  served on the board of directors for more than 10 of those years. 

When asked what he is passionate about, he said " I am passionate about my job because of my LOVE of entertainment.  As the industry changes, I’m always finding fresh innovative to present to our clients."


Find out more about Bob and Applause at Applause Productions 

Need Entertainment? 480-951-8393

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Meeting Recap

The New Era of Buffet Design at We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center showed some fun and easy to implement buffet designs that were way out of the box. 

Tony Rea from Creations in Cuisine used mixed metals and natural woods for a unique buffet experience. Uplit cutout metal backdrops and hanging bottles with lights in them created an inspiriational setting for the wooden farmstyle table and wine casks that graced either side. lots of levelsfor the food display trays and an action station were hightlighted by a beautiful center floral piece.

& Above all Else, Love! was the statement over JoAnn Grant from Apropos Creations'  candy table. and who doesn't love candy?! once again, differnet heights create a visual delight against a lovely draped backdrop and fun textured linen. A Little southwest flair with wooden cactus cutouts finisihed it off to give a little taste of Arizona without getting kitschy

Sweet! of course the gang including Corinne Hodgson and Nicole Jorgenson from Santa Barbara Catering made this dessert table look amazingly SWEET! soft pastels and lots of scrumptious tidbits on different trays and lidded apothecary jars were hard to resist! 

Fabulous Foods designers, Stephanie Jakimiw and Emily Phillips show that sometimes instead of a backdrop, you can use a 'down' drop! Hanging greenery balls and a carpet of turf give a natural look to this 'farm to table' designed buffet. assorted trays, both flat and tiered, and baskets tilted at unusual angles create a perfect place to just step up and choose an appetizer or dessert. Again the trend of mixing metals and woods to create a visual experience are prominent here. 


 And of Course We-Ko-Pa Resort showcased a DEconstructed Paella station that glowed!   

The Hors D'oeuvres station boasted Strawberry Avocado Pecan Goat Cheese Crostinis and Bloody Mary Shrimp ceviche shooters and on the other side a host of mini desserts and pastries to tickle our palates. 

For more pictures of this entertaining and educational event visit MAY NACE PHOTOS . There might be a picture of YOU! 

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Industry Announcements

The 35th Anniversary
Chinese Auction Fundraiser and Dinner
Friday, July 14, 2017

Come help celebrate the
"Year of the Rooster"
with over 350 hospitality and meeting industry professionals and their guests ... so much fun for such a worthy cause!

A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to our 2017 "Charity of the Year" - Neighbors Helping Neighbors AND to our Arizona Chapter of HSMAI to help support our association's mission and our continuing efforts to provide quality continuing education and scholarships for those professionals currently in the hospitality industry and those who are pursuing a career in the field.

Check out the video from our 2016 Chinese Auction!

Friday, July 14, 2017

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton
Paradise Valley - Scottsdale

$70.00 per person
$675.00 Corporate Table of Ten

Register Now


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