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President's Report

Hello NACE Community,

March is a special month for us as we host our annual fundraiser.  I happened by a great article on "The Importance of Giving Back to the Community".   This quote really stood out to me:

"Giving back is among the most important and valuable things an entrepreneur can do. Period."
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see full article:  http://newinternetorder.com/giving-back-to-the-community/

Giving back is not really about receiving something.  It is just about doing the right thing, creating that wonderful energy that can comes back to shine a light on you and make you feel all warm inside.  We are very blessed in our NACE Community to have wonderful members who are so giving and be surrounded by others in the Industry.  It is that time to give back and support our chosen beneficiary, Moveable Feast (www.mfeast.org).  Our fundraising committee has done an excellent job of putting together an exciting event boasting culinary and beverage trends.  Of course, there are other fun elements as we do know how to throw a great party!

Hope to see everyone there!

Sherri Griffis, CPCE, CMP, President
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Director of Catering Sales

 

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Community Service

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our fundraiser event on 3/21 and so we will be taking a short break this month for Community Service. We are interested in hearing from you… what community service projects/charities would you like to see us involved with? Looking forward to your suggestions. Please email me directly with your ideas at April@FlowersAndFancies.com

 

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Membership Specials & Welcome New Members

Please welcome!

Lauren Williams, NACE

Katie Conley, Catering Sales Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Kristin Wienold, Vice President of Operations

Emily Williams, Catering Manager at Maryland Club

Martha Olney, Senior Catering Sales Manager at Restaurant Associates

Starvel Drake, Pop Bliss

Member Benefits:

Did you know that if you are a member of NACE, Creative Coverings offers a 10% discount off speciality linen orders? Go here to check to view more member benefits.

 

New Member Orientation

If you are a new member, thinking about joining, or just want to learn more about NACE, join us on Monday, May 16th at 5:30pm right before the NACE meeting. We will be going over the benefits of being a member and how you can become more involved to get the most out of your membership. If you have any questions, please contact me at ashley@ashleymichellephoto.com.

 Meeting Price Changes 

One of our goals as chapter leaders of NACE is to improve member benefits so more Baltimore catering and event professionals will join our chapter to move their careers and businesses forward. Because of this goal, our pricing structure for non members has changed slightly. If you decide to become or already are a Baltimore NACE member, you will now save $20 per meeting if you sign up during the early bird special. That is a 33% savings just for being a member! This savings was previously only $10 per meeting. Early bird member pricing remains the same for members, but the differential for non-members has increased. These prices will go into effect for the April meeting.

 

 

Early Bird

Late

At Door

Member 

(current price)

$40.00

$45.00

$55.00

Member (new price)

$40.00

$50.00

$60.00

Non-Member 

(current price)

$50.00

$55.00

$65.00

Non-Member 

(new price)

$60.00

$65.00

$75.00

 Because of this change, now is an even better time to join NACE if you are not already a member! If you would like to join our chapter and take advantage of these savings, go here. If you are still not ready to take that next step, we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting as a non member. If you have any questions about this pricing change, please feel free to contact Baltimore NACE Chapter President, Sherri Griffis at sherri.griffis@marriott.com. If you have any questions about membership and all of the amazing benefits you will gain from joining our chapter, please feel free to contact me directly at ashley@ashleymichellephoto.com.

 Day-of Meeting Payments

 If you are typically a walk in for meetings or pre-register, but pay at the door, please note that we will no longer accept credit cards. You must pay with cash/check. If you must pay with a credit card, you will need to do so online before the deadline. This policy will go into effect at the April meeting.

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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Vickie Preston, Director of Sales-Baltimore at Entertainment Exchange 

 

Vickie started her business, Sounds Perfect Entertainment, in 1997 and immediately joined the Baltimore Chapter of NACE.  Then seven years later merged her company 

with the Entertainment Exchange giving her more time to do what she loved working on events and not the administrative end.  Prior to that she worked for CSX Intermodal for five years working for the VP of Sales coordinating all of their client functions for their various regions which included handling all of the catering, entertainment, hotel accommodations, golf tournaments, etc. and became hooked on the hospitality industry.  Her favorite part about the industry is being able to work with top notch professionals with the same goal in mind and that is to make someone happy.

 Having been a member of NACE for now for 19 years and serving 17 years on the Baltimore Board she still believes joining and staying active in NACE was the best decision she made and attributes her success over the years to the continued education it offered and to the opportunity to make so many strong relationships in the industry.  She also was honored to received the National Affiliate Member of the Year as well as the George Zell Award and locally was honored with the Noble Award. 

In her spare time she enjoys sailing and gardening, but mostly spending time with her husband, Walter, of 27 years and her daughter, son and mother along with fun times with their close friends sharing wonderful meals and great laughs.

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Program Recap

One of the most highly anticipated meetings of the year is the annual spin on “What’s Hot and What’s Not” presented by Petra Compel and Andrew Zill. The 2016 version did not disappoint!

The Baltimore Marriott at Camden Yards was this month’s host, and despite a President’s Day snow shower we were able to meet a day late … although Petra became a one-woman show as Andrew was unable to attend due to a prior engagement.

Hors d’oeuvres included Goat Cheese on Fig Crostini; Macaroni & Cheese Bites; Chesapeake Crab Cake with Citrus Remoulade; and Harissa Lamb Meatballs with Pickled Red Onions.

The Program featured Event Designer Petra Compel’s “What’s Hot, What’s Not” predictions for 2016. The 45 minute presentation touched on design and décor, food … even venues. Sadly, the big barn wedding trend is on the decline. The overall message for the millenials … choices! Food mashups are on the rise, and many great cuisine ideas include combinations you would never expect, such as mixing Chinese and Italian in the same dish. How about ice cream sundae bars? Yummy. Bloody Mary bars with many ingredients.

The 2016 colors … pretty much baby blue and pink, which looks awesome at a baby shower, but could potentially be challenging in social events. Petra suggested “amping” up the colors into bolder Cobalts and Fuschias, and even suggesting that lighting could really help to create this as well. Another interesting color trend is in flatware, as rose gold is making a splash. Some others trends included signature drinks being on the way out, including Vodka Mules, but Whiskey and Bourbon drinks on the rise. Petra really did captivate the audience and I am sure she only barely touched everything that might happen in 2016!

The meal portion following the program was really off the charts! Dinner stations included Butternut Squash-Apple-Crab Bisque Shooters; Chef Crafted Grilled Cheese; Winter Greens and Pear Maple Croutons; Roasted Atlantic Cod, Brussel Sprouts, Citrus Cream; Braised Veal Cheeks, Port Wine, Cauliflower Puree; and Chef’s Indulgent Sweets .

Many thanks to all of our sponsor vendors: Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards (Cindy Baucom); Washington Talent Agency (Brian Morse; The Dynasty DJs, Zack Higgins); Ashley Michelle Photography (Ashley Sullivan); Innovative Party Planners (Heidi Hiller); Party Plus Tents & Events (Lauri Dixon); Millennium Marketing Solutions (Debra May).

We look forward to seeing you at our Fundraiser on March 21, 2016 at The Grand … it’s “Four Chefs and A Pairing!”

 

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Fundraising & Raffle Recap

HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOUR TICKETS YET?

The Baltimore NACE Annual Fundraiser benefitting Moveable Feast is quickly approaching. The night will include local celebrity chef cooking demos, paired cocktails, live entertainment, the largest raffle of the year and much more! For more information, tickets and raffle prize information please visit the event webpage or Facebook page.

 Website - www.baltimoreNACEfundraiser.com

Video - https://vimeo.com/157856411

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Baltimore-NACE-Fundraiser-102014283209534/

Tickets - http://baltimorenace.net/meetinginfo.php?id=196&ts=1452260042

 THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!!

Food & Beverage

Chef Egg, Miss Shirley’s, Schola, The Pantry Catering, La Cakerie, The Classic Catering People, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Eleven Courses, Manor Tavern, The Grand, Barr Hill Gin, Breakthru Beverage Group, Full Tilt Brewing, The Wine Bin, Innovative Gourmet

 Décor & Entertainment

AFR Event Furnishings, Select Event Group, Vanlandingham Design Studios, Rutland Beard Florist, Flowers & Fancies, Entertainment Exchange, Maryland Productions, Washington Talent Agency

 Graphic Design & Printing

AOL Designs, Formost Events & Productions

 Photography & Videography

Jennifer McMenamin Photography, Michael Temchine Photography, Washington Executive Photographic Services, Zinnia Films

 Please also extend your thanks to the committee that put this event together…

April Lichtenberg, Brian Morse, David Egan, Drew Vanlandingham, Jodi Radebaugh, John Paul Berry, ken Stern, Lauri Dixon, Lexi Schaffer, Mark Henry, MaryKaye DiUbaldo, Petra Compel, Rachel Clinton, Rachel Hoffberger, Samantha Flottemesch, Sherri Griffis

 See you on the 21st,

 

Mary Carballo                                       Terry Lombardi

Fundraising Co-Chair                            Fundraising Co-Chair

AFR Event Furnishings                             Manor Tavern

 

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2017-02-02:

Become part of Restaurant Associates, a name that has been synonymous with exciting restaurant concepts and high quality foodservice for over half a century.  RA is a leader in the foodservice industry for some of the nation's premier museums, performing arts centers and corporate accounts.  Restaurant Associates’ commitment to upscale dining has led the way to develop successful culinary programs. If you share our belief in the value of delivering Superior Quality Food and Delivery Hospitality Excellence, we invite you to learn more about Restaurant Associates’ dynamic select team of professionals.  Come share your talents with one of the nations’ fastest-growing, multi-million dollar organizations.

 Location: Harbor East, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Key Responsibilities:  Directly responsible for all operations of the conference services department

  • Additional responsibilities include the reporting of operating statements, reports, and operational budgets, and review of the collection of receivables
  • Responsible for all conference catering activities; books, plans & direct functions
  • Responsible for creating proposals, contracts and schedules 
  • Hire, train and develop team members, and is actively involved in the development of service techniques, room set-ups, menu presentation, policies and procedures
  • Performs related duties and special projects as assigned

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors degree  is preferred or equivalent professional experience
  • Proven track record for meeting sales goals
  • Strong knowledge of current food, industry trends and fine dining points of service
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in hospitality industry including 1 year experience in sales
  • Supervisory, scheduling, training and coaching skills
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  • The ability to supervise food preparation, service and clean up is also essential
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Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer.  At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

2016-12-22:

Special Events and Donor Engagement Manager – Development Division

Background:
The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), founded in 1914, has a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art, and is recognized internationally for its extraordinary collection of works by 20th-century master Henri Matisse.  The BMA is embarking on an exciting era under the leadership of a new Museum director.

Responsibilities:
The BMA is seeking a Special Events Manager who will play an integral role in a fast-paced Development office.  The position, which reports to the Senior Director of Development, is responsible for overall project management of special events that support the Museum’s fundraising initiatives for trustee, major donor, member, and corporate audiences, among others. The Special Events Manager will help plan, implement, and staff events; oversee budgets and contracts; collaborate with Development colleagues as well as those from other departments, and assist with other activities associated with events such as ticketing, mailings, and reservations. These events include exhibition openings, receptions and dinners of all sizes, member engagement programming, and major fundraisers, which currently includes a dinner in Venice in celebration of the 2017 Biennale.

The position also coordinates the Museum’s Member/Donor travel program, which includes day trips, as well as domestic and international travel. In addition, as the Museum’s director implements new initiatives and programming, other responsibilities may be added to the position to support his vision for the Museum.     

Qualifications:
The education and qualifications for this role are:
4-year undergraduate degree
3-5 years Special Events and Project Management experience
Expert level knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and social media
Experience in working with volunteers
Anticipates needs and challenges and manages multiple priorities
Works independently and in a collaborative environment
Possesses excellent communication skills
Able to work occasional nights and weekends
Has a passion for the arts

Benefits:
The BMA is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For this exempt position we offer medical, dental, vision, prescription, pension plan, 403b deferred compensation, long term disability, flexible spending account, museum and restaurant discount, and reduced fee gym membership and continuing education discount. We also offer 4 weeks of accrued vacation, 9 holidays, 3 personal days, a floating holiday, and 12 sick days.

Apply:
Send a cover letter describing specifically why your background and skills are a solid match for this position, resume, and salary requirements via e-mail to HR@artbma.org by or before February 28, 2017.  Please include in the email subject line:  “Special Events Manager - with your first and last name”. No phone calls please.    

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