Past Events

How to Incorporate Fireworks & Special Effects at Your Next Event

Tuesday, January 22

The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
4708 East Old Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231


Join us on Tuesday, January 22nd as we welcome Jack Lambert, owner of Imperial Pyro & Special Effects, to The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing . Jack will be sharing all of the secrets and success to incorporating that "wow" factor at your next wedding or special event. Stick around following his presentation to see him highlight his pyro and special effects!


Sponsors & Partners: 

Venue: The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
Speaker: Jack Lambert with Imperial Pyro & Special Effects
Photographer: Don Mears Photography



Vendor to Vendor Relationship Building

Tuesday April 24th, 2018
4032 Cox Rd - Suite A
Glen Allen, VA 23060
5:30pm - 7:30pm

 Join us at Atlas42 for an evening full of food, beverages and team activities while building new vendor relationships. Activities include; ping pong, corn hole, giant jenga, shuffleboard and bocce ball!


Our April presentation is certain to help you UNLOCK the greatness within you to build incredible vendor relationships within our industry!!  



 UnlockingRVA's founder Dr. Faith Wilkerson is a native of Queens, New York City. She arrived in Richmond in 2000 to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and never looked back!

RVA serves as an amazing place for her to experience various cultures, amazing foods and outside of the box events. She is committed to opening peoples eyes to the wonders of the City and will not stop until everyone has truly experienced RVA!



Click here to register! 



Thank you to our April Meeting Sponsors


Entertainment: Rhythm of Love

Photography: Alex Tenser Photography


This Month's Raffle: 

Two Tickets to RENT at Altria Theater


TUES FEB 27th 11:30AM


Location: The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design


Superpowers for Selling:

In this interactive, high energy program, we’ll take a look at a proven system for identifying behaviors of others to create instant connection & increase your sales (& your joy!).

This program is perfect for anyone looking to grow their sales, increase their client base, & have deeper, meaningful relationships with everyone they meet.


Speaker: Rachel Sheerin

Bio: Rachel Sheerin is a sales coach focusing on small businesses in the events and hospitality industry. She helps people sell more, be happy and define success on their own terms. Her clients include photographers, event planners, hotel sales teams, PR professionals, and stylists. You can learn more about her at


Venue: The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

Planner: Glint Events

Catering: Groovin' Gourmets

Rentals: Rent-E-Quip

Florist: Photosynthesis Floral Design

Photography: Awesomesauce Photography



Tuesday, January 23, 2018
11:30a - 1:30p How Can NACE Benefit You?
Location: The Boathouse - Rocketts Landing
Register here!

Are you making the most out of your NACE membership? Join Gilbert Hall as he enlightens you on the many opportunities that your NACE membership provides including Education and Training, Self-Development and creating Personal and Business Relationships.


Gil has over 30 years of sales and operations experience in the hospitality industry, working in various positions with Omni, Marriott and Hyatt Hotels. He also has extensive off-premise catering and convention center experience with the Kansas City Convention Center and Pennsylvania Convention Centers. He is a five-time Director of Catering Sales and Convention Services and was Vice President and General Manager of ProAct Events Group and Kansas City Scenery. He is a Past National Board Member and Vice President of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) and a current board member of the Philadelphia/South Jersey/ Delaware Chapter of NACE. He has also been a member of ICA and MPI and a past board member of the Kansas City Chapter of MPI. He has won numerous awards for his program production, special event planning and dedicated service to the industry.


Gil is actively engaged as a presenter, guest speaker, moderator and industry panelist for multiple NACE, MPI, SGMP, NBTA and university programs and educational conferences. He currently heads GT & H Hospitality Consultants, assisting a variety of hospitality based companies and startups in achieving their goals through aggressive sales and marketing strategies, profit improvement, market expansion and superior customer service.


This presentation will focus on getting the most ROI on your NACE investment through:


  • • Member Discounts from National Partners

  • • Networking

  • • Member Referral Program

  • • National and Local Education

  • • CPCE Designation Certification

  • • National Award Recognition

  • • Scholarships and Community Grants


Lunch will consist of a 3-course plated meal with Arugula Pomegranate Salad, Choice of Lemon Chicken or Shrimp & Grits and a choice of Chocolate Mousse or Apple Cobbler for dessert.


Come explore the increased benefits provided to you as a Member of NACE and get the most of your NACE membership.




Click here to register today!!

Catering Sponsor: The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing 


Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
5:30p-7:30p - Main Meeting
7:30p-8:30p - After Hours Networking
Location: The Hofheimer
The Art of Surprise + Delight with Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting

Want to make a lasting impression with clients, colleagues and prospects alike? It's time to embrace "surprise and delight," a strategy that originated in the marketing world and is taking root in the event industry. Join us at the beautiful Hofheimer Building as Meghan Ely, Principal of OFD Consulting, shows us ways to make a truly memorable impression.

Meghan Ely has over a decade of experience in the wedding industry. She began her career at a historic southern estate, where she steadily increased sales before joining a five-star, five-diamond property. In early 2009, with over 200 weddings under her belt, Meghan launched OFD Consulting. A prominent national speaker on wedding marketing and PR topics, Meghan is a regular at The Special Event, Wedding MBA, Catersource, WeddingWire World and NACE Experience. She is also Vice President of the Wedding International Professionals Association (WIPA). Meghan is a WeddingWire Education Expert and an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's Robertson School of Media and Culture. Meghan was also just named one of the top 25 young event professionals in the industry by Special Events Magazine

Afterwards we will head up to The HofGarden, a Bavarian-style biergarten to enjoy some networking, music and cold beer while overlooking Scotts Addition. Each ticket includes 2 complimentary beverages and bavarian small bites.

The Hoffheimer Building
Bunn DJ
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Location: Nature Center at Maymont
2201 Shields Lake Dr, Richmond, VA 23220
Take-Home: 24 HANDMADE Chocolates by You!
Half-Day Workshop: The Science of Chocolates with Spirit Pairings

Who doesn't like chocolate? Well we couldn’t think of anyone, so we are inviting everyone to come out to and participate in our NACE Chocolate Workshop! Nothing sets you up for a great day like having your hand in a bowl of chocolate! This chocolate truffle workshop is the answer! We are excited to have Kelly from Chocolates by Kelly to guide our group as each person creates a batch of decadent chocolate truffles of his or her own design. We will provide a wide variety of spices, extracts, and toppings for you to choose from and everyone will take home 24 decadent treats that they handcrafted themselves. And to add the proverbial icing on the cake, let’s throw in some pairings with spirits! So we will have carefully paired tastings of beer from Strangeways Brewery, moonshines from Belle Isle, bourbon whiskey from Reservoir Distillery and wines selected by Booth Hardy from Barrel Thief.

So make plans today. The event is 2p-5p and hosted by Maymont in the beautiful nature center so BONUS, we get to fit in meeting the otters while we are there! Tickets are $55 for members and $65 for non-members.

Lighting Professors
Reservoir Distillery
Belle Isle Moonshine
Barrel Thief
Strangeways Brewing
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Location: Stone Brewing

Annual Beer & BBQ

Our annual Beer & BBQ social! Enjoy a nice evening on the patio with all of your favorite friendors, an awesome selection of craft beer, and some delicious BBQ.  Tours of the brewery will be available.

Firehouse BBQ Food Truck
Choice of: BBQ Sandwich (chicken or pork) OR Chicken Tenders
both with Mac and Cheese
$10 credit towards your beer selection 
Each Board Member will be creating a basket that represents them!  Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event!
Stone Brewing
Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Location: Quirk Hotel
Advanced Social Media Strategies at Quirk Hotel
Already have a handle on the basic functions of social media and ready to take your marketing efforts on these platforms to the next level? Well, we've got you covered! Morgan Montgomery, CPCE and Co-Captain of Paisley & Jade, will present her #1 rated breakout session from NACE Experience 2016. Morgan will focus on developing and implementing upper level strategies for Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook, and how they can work together to assist in achieving your marketing goals. Together, we'll cover growing an engaged following, tricks & shortcuts, and how to use these tools to drive revenue!
Featuring a delicious menu including passed & stationary hors d'oeuvres such as Loaded Mini Baked Potatoes, Spicy Southwest Chicken Eggrolls, Heirloom Tomato Basil Tarts, Hush Puppies with Green Goddess Dressing, S'mores Dip and more!

Quirk Hotel

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Newlyweds Panel at Maymont
Ever wanted to know what makes a bride and groom tick? What motivates them to decide who, what and where in regards to their wedding vendors? And once they decide, what are the elements about their wedding vendors that made the event for them...or worse, upset the applecart? Well this month is your chance! We have rounded up a few brave couples that are willing and able to share all of their good, bad and ugly moments of their recent nuptials (vendor names withheld, of course!). Join us and bring your list of questions, and of course your appetite as Mosaic is providing some great food and beverage, as we pick the brains of the newlyweds in order to better our businesseses!
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Tent Logistics

Where: Rent-E-Quip

2600 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834


We had a blast at Rent-E-Quip for an amazing demonstration about tent logistics, sizing, placements, permits, and everything else you could ever need to know.

I.K. Catering
March 28th, 2017
The 6th Annual NACEYs
Our annual awards event!


Independence Golf Club


The Lighting & Sound Company

Bunn DJ Company

Mosaic Catering & Events

Classic Party Rentals


The Coordinated Event

The Cozy Caravan

Richmond Photobooth



February 28, 2017
Small Business & Taxes
The Hilton dished out a great menu with a cheese bar, hand-cut tenderloin station, and decadent chocolate mousse. George provided us with great information about starting a business to make sure that we took the right steps initially. Afterwards, we had a great Q&A session about deductions, audits, and the crowd-favorite: sub-contractors versus employees. 

Speaker: George Forsythe with Wells Coleman

Venue and Catering: The Hilton Richmond Downtown

January 24, 2017
Develop Yourself, Develop Your Community, Develop NACE! 
Becoming a "better, braver, and wiser leader" can then be transformed into empowering others and making a difference in your community. This difference can start with NACE and make us a stronger organization to better serve the catering and events industry. 

Speaker: Danielle Aaronson with Innerwill

Venue and Catering: The John Marhall Ballrooms

A/V: Three One One Productions



November 22, 2016
Prepare to have a “Boat Load of fa la la la la Fun!
Bring your Naughty and your Nice!! It’s the annual NACE holiday party and board elections!                                                         

Event Planners: Simply Perfect Weddings & More and Rubies & Pearls

Venue and Catering: The Boathouse at Sunday Park

Bar Sponsor: Classic Party Rentals of VA

Entertainment: Bunn DJ Company

Rentals: Rent-E-Quip

Photography: Elizabeth Crea Photography

Desserts: Sweet and Savory by Emily

Floral Decor: Petals & Twigs

Green Screen: Picture This!

Decor: AFR Event Furnishings

Print Sponsor: Rubies & Pearls

October 25, 2016

Event Crises! Prepare for the Unexpected.


They cause the best of professionals enough angst for a lifetime. Rather than perceiving Event Crises as terrifying and uncontrollable, though, consider them opportunities to serve your clients and win lifetime loyalty. According to seasoned veteran Kevin Dennis, preparation is key to success and growth. Be ready when the time comes to put your crisis management plan skills to the test:
• Potential scenarios you may face and how to do so head on
• Key communication strategies (internal and external)
• Tips to ensure that you bounce back from a real crisis better than ever

Incredible Vendor Sponsors and Meeting partners for October!
Cater 2 Events
Paisley & Jade
Paige Stevens Photography
Hofheimer Bldg.



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