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Recipe of the Month
Quote of the Month
Hospitality Update
Experience! 2014 ... Baltimore! ... Bonus Fundraiser!!


December 2014  

President's Report

Rachel Hoffberger Photo
To my fellow NACE community:

As this very successful year comes to a close, I want to express my gratitude to every one of you for your contribution to NACE.  Whether you attended meetings, sponsored them, or simply maintained your membership, you are all integral parts our chapter, and for that I thank you. 

Although I missed the November meeting, I’m so thrilled to hear it was a hit.  Thank you to all the members who voted for our new 2015 Board of Directors.  I am so excited to spend a second year as President, and to share the upcoming year with some new boardies. 

Earlier this month, many of our members and affiliates attended the Annual Hospitality Industry Holiday Bash, supporting the National Academy Foundation.  I want to thank all the sponsors and attendees.  It is so fabulous to lend a helping hand to the future of our industry.  This year’s Bash was very well attended and raised more money on raffle sales than any of the previous five bashes.

I wish everyone very happy holiday celebrations.  Happy Chanukah, merry Christmas, and a joyous New Year!

Rachel Hoffberger
President, Baltimore NACE
Owner, Plan It Perfect

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Community Service

It's All About That Bass! (with some piddle)
The House of Ruth has a continual need for baby diapers!  In January, the Baltimore NACE Chapter traditionally supports the House of Ruth Maryland. This organization is one of the leading domestic Violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find safety and security that so many of us take for granted. 

We ask our members/guests to please bring new, disposable diapers, sizes 4, 5, & 6 as well as Pull-ups sizes 2T thru 6T to our January meeting on the 19th.  We will make sure they get delivered to the House of Ruth.

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Membership Specials & Welcome New Members

Welcome our New Members!!!!
Linda Blake, JHU University
Clare Audy, SugarBakers Cakes
Rebecca Steele, Andy Kushner Entertainment     

Holiday Membership Special

Save $100 when you apply for Professional membership!

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  5.    Former members are eligible only if more than twelve months has passed since their most recent membership lapse.
  6.    Cannot be combined with any other discount.
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Member Spotlight

Terry Lombardi Photo
Terry Lombardi-Nalls gets our final member spotlight for 2014.

Always with a shy smile but ready to lend a hand, Terry runs the events at the Manor Tavern, she has been there for 17 years.
Ideas begin in all different places, this one began when after planning both her children’s christening at the Tavern, Terry knew she wanted to go back to work, the day she opened the paper looking for work was the day she saw the advert for the events coordinator at the Manor Tavern.

Starting on January 17th, 17, soon to be 18, years ago because the Tavern was worried “December would make you quit” she began and never looked back. Being part of Mark Green’s “infectious” passion for caring for guests, rubbed off on her.
“Everyone mattered, and I wanted to be a part of that” is how Terry recalls the experience.

During a tough time for the Manor Tavern, a fire that interrupted operations before the fall wedding season, August 28, 2002. Everyone stepped in to help, the concept of competitiors fell to the wayside, so the realization that our industry is so committed to being a true network of equals came as the most pleasant of surprises

So, questions never to ask again and never known.
“Who owns the Manor Tavern?” please don’t ask.

What’s not known? “In the 80’s Terry was one of the main instructors on an aerobics video!

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Board Elections

Welcome our new Board of Directors for 2015:

Rachel Hoffberger
Plan It Perfect

Vice President:
Sherri Griffis, CPCE, CMP
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Director of Membership:
Ashley Sullivan
Ashley Michelle Photography

Paula Belletiere
Cruise Planners

Renee West, CTA

Director of Meetings:
Jay Day
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel

Director of Programs:
Debra May
Millennium Marketing Solutions

Director of Marketing:
John Paul Berry
Absolute Entertainment

Community Service Representative:
Carl Brashears, Jr.
Classic Collective DJs

Hospitality Chair:
Jordan Walker
Howl at the Moon

Immediate Past President
Vickie Preston
Entertainment Exchange

Fundraising Co-Chairs:
Ken Stern
Maryland Productions

Janet Caslow
Port Fest Baltimore

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Program Recap

The NACE meeting on November 17th at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Maryland, drew a lovely gathering of members despite the dreary weather.  Upon entering the building, attendees were greeted with assorted passed hors d’oeuvres and a lavish charcuterie display provided by Zeffert and Gold Catering.  A variety of wines and craft beers on tap were enjoyed as guests mingled and networked in the lobby. 

Prior to the start of the educational component for the evening, elections for the 2015 Board of Directors were held.  Candidates made witty, inspired, and excited campaign speeches, while a few who were not in attendance delivered their addresses via videos that had been filmed and edited by Zinnia Films. 

Back by popular demand, guest presenter Avish Parashar entertained the crowd with his message of applying comedy improve techniques to better adapt to unexpected challenges.  Several NACE members received an opportunity to shine during volunteer-based games throughout the entertaining program.

Upon conclusion of the presentation, attendees were directed to window-lined section of the ballroom for dinner.  Heidi Hiller and the Innovative Party Planners team created a rich and textured Autumn ambience by showcasing linens and chairs from Party Plus with their own painted pumpkin centerpieces.  Deep red and orange uplighting provided by Maryland Productions further complemented the effect, while soft background music played by a Bialek’s Music DJ set the mood.  Gary Jackson Photography was on hand to document the evening and capture such details as the gorgeous fall programs, menu cards, and invitations custom-created by mlc designs. 

The station-style menu featured season-inspired fare, with each hearty station outdoing the next.  Members dined on Braised Beef Cheeks from Creekstone Farms paired with a Port Wine Sauce and Parsnip Puree at the first station, and enjoyed an Arborio Risotto Bar with Arugula Pesto, Sauces, and assorted toppings at another.  Presented at the third station was a flavorful Chicken Roulade with Apple and Cranberry Stuffing accompanied by Creamy Grits and a Cinderella Pumpkin Bisque.  To complete the meal, petite Pumpkin Bites with Maple Bacon Icing were passed to excited guests for dessert.

Such a warm and cozy evening could not have been possible without the help and generosity of our sponsors!

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