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NACE is the oldest and largest professional association that addresses all aspects of the catering industry.

Through the collective efforts of members, local chapters, committees and the Foundation of NACE, NACE is at the forefront of the issues that directly affect you and your business. From practical tips that you can use to provide better service to your clients, to recognition and marketing programs that enhance the credibility and professionalism of the field, NACE is on the cutting edge. From educational programs to standards, to ethics, to legislative monitoring, NACE leads the way. 

Mission Statement: To be the premier resource and community for catering and event professionals.

NACE Chapters - Your involvement begins at home 

When you join NACE, you instantly become part of a local chapter. NACE has over 40 chapters offering monthly meetings that feature nationally renown speakers, educational programs, idea sharing and networking. There is a chapter fee to attend local events. 


Through Chapter involvement, you'll have an opportunity to work on community service projects and voice your opinion about issues that affect you locally and nationally. And the NACE Executive Committee and national headquarters listen and respond to the needs, concerns and suggestions of local chapters. Your chapter involvement is at the very heart of what NACE is all about -- learning sharing and growing. 

If you believe in your career and the catering profession; if you believe in the value of education, networking, information and resources; if you believe that individuals can accomplish more together than alone, NACE is for you. By working together, there are no limits to what we can accomplish for our profession, our employers and ourselves.

National Awards
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The Richmond VA Chapter is proud to have been recognized by NACE National with the following awards:

Chapter Program of the Year 2019 (Chapters with 51-100 members)


Chapter Fundraiser of the Year 2019 (Chapters with 51-100 members) 

The 2019 NACEYs


Chapter Program of the Year 2016 (Chapters with under 100 members) 

The 2016 NACEYs

​Chapter of the Year 2015

(Chapters with under 100 members)

Educational Program of the Year 2013 

(Chapters with under 100 members)

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August 2013.

Chapter History

The Richmond VA NACE Chapter held its first general interest meeting in August 2010, and the first educational meeting in October 2010.

Our members are active on National NACE committees, organize 8 educational meetings each year, host an annual Awards Gala recognizing excellence in local events, and support the community through quarterly service projects.

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