2018 June Newsletter Print

President's Report

Hello Phoenix NACE!

I am so excited to share with all of you that our wonderful Vice President, Kellie Mendoza, CPCE, has put together an amazing opportunity for our Members! Starting this year, the Phoenix NACE Chapter will be offering a CPCE SCHOLARSHIP! Each year, we will pay for one Phoenix NACE Member to take the CPCE test and become a Certified Professional in Catering and Events!  Don't hesitate to ask Kellie about all of the details and how to obtain the scholarship. We are SO excited to find yet another way to celebrate and elevate our Members. Thank you Kellie for all of your work putting this together!!

Why should you take the CPCE Test you ask??

To Leave Your Mark!
You’ve worked hard to get where you are and you want clients and colleagues to know. Celebrate your professional experience and elevate your credibility in the hospitality industry by becoming a Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE).

  1. Opportunities
    A nationally recognized certification, CPCE emphasizes your commitment to your craft and increases marketability to employers who are increasingly looking to hire credentialed candidates.
  2. Credibility    
    CPCE increases your standing in the catering and events community by validating your knowledge and on the-the-job experience.  
  3. Growth
    Recertification requirements ensure that your knowledge keeps pace with current industry trends and proficiencies.

Earning my CPCE certification has been an extremely rewarding and fulfilling part of my career. I encourage all of you to submit for the scholarship, and show what sets up apart. Please let Kellie or myself know if you have any questions at all.

I look forward to seeing you all at next week’s meeting!

Cheers to you all!  

Allison Chapin, CPCE, Phoenix NACE President

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Member Highlight

Jo Ellen Verna is an Account Executive with AFR in the sunny state of Arizona. It is within their Special Events division where she is able to bring her client's design concepts and vision to life combining her love of entertaining with her attentive eye for creative detail and build long-lasting connections with very satisfied clients.

Originally a native of Pennsylvania, Jo Ellen cut her business chops in the restaurant industry working for others, and eventually as proprietor, where she managed a successful operation before selling to pursue other opportunities. Ultimately, she cultivated her passion for the restaurant business into a promising and successful sales career—selling point-of-sale, restaurant reservation, and table management systems to the hospitality industry. After over thirty years of experience, Jo Ellen has nearly perfected her knack for launching new businesses, new products, and new markets. She considers the challenge of doing so as rewarding as the wins.

Above all things, Jo Ellen values family, deep connections with friends, and, of course, great food. She truly believes in a life fueled by a healthy, well-rounded body and mind. At his very moment, Jo Ellen is more than likely contemplating her next meal.


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Spirit of NACE

Spirit of NACE

May's Spirit of NACE is the indomitable Laurie Southwick of Southwick Linens. Laurie donates linens and her time on a regular basis to NACE meetings and has been a well loved member of the events community for many years.

June 2018's Spirit of NACE is none other than the incomparable Michael Stavros from M Culinary. Stavros, as he is known by his friends has donated time and catering to Phoenix NACE and this month was one of our Food trends panelists, showing his expertise in his field as well as is dedication to NACE!

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May Meeting

The Unique industrial feel of Events on Jackson was the inspiration for the beautiful Floral designs from Fiori Floral and soft  turquoise Crinkle linens from Southwick Linens. 

Guests were greeted in the lobby with delicious Diner inspired appetizer of Mini Sodas and Bite sized Chicken and Waffles from Creative Hands Catering and Crazy Shotz phot booth fun! Signature cocktails from A Couple of Bartenders boasted a delicious Razz Fizz and a Desert Pear Refresher


Meryl Snow, our Guest Speaker held everyone rapt with her expertise on Prospecting New Business. As she says,"If I could just talk to them, I know I can book it!" The Stylings of Jimmy Davenport from  Starz Entertainment were heardf during dinner service   the night ended with an amazing create your own crepe station from  Creative Hands Cuisine and a sweet treat station from Woody Candy. 

Visit May 2018 photos for more photos from this event from  A Travelers Heart Photo 

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June Meeting

Food , Beverage and Event Trends are something that all of us in the Event and Hospitality Industry keep our eyes on, and June's NACE luncheon meeting at the Phoenix Airport Marriott gave us a huge head start on the competition by giving us lots of ideas to keep up with the lastest and greatest trends!


Our speakers were innovators in their fields; Andrew Baumann from Uncle Bears Brewery told us about the booming microbrew business and some of his favorite flavors. Phil Clark from Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails talked about the trend for South American Liquors. Cakes by Whisk, Founder and Pastry Chef, Barb Gardner told us that wedding cakes are still the trend, but now paired with dessert stations. Our mouths were watering with the culinary ideas from Stephen Jones of larder+delta. Draping and spectacular backdrops were some of the decorating trends discussed by Ginia Lucas of Y-Knot Party Rentals & Floral Design. 

VermilionEvents lead Planner David Twigger weighed in with some fabulous design and entertainment trends and Michael Stavros from M Culinary  stole the show withnot only his insights into both food trends and event management as well as taking away the Spirit of NACE award! 


Visit June 2018 Photo Gallery  for more pictures. 

Special thanks to all of our guest speakers and our NACE member sponsors:

Fable Photo and Video

Phoenix Airport Marriott

Y-Knot Party Rentals & Floral Design











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