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Recipe of the Month

A simple chicken dish with your favorite classic "caprese" ingredients!



  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to uniform thickness
  • 1/2 cup good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup lightly-packed fresh basil, torn




Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. (You will know that it is ready when the oil is shimmering, or it sizzles when you place a drop of water in the oil.) Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is fully cooked and the juices run clear. Remove chicken and set aside.


Heat balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes until reduced by half. Remove and set aside.


Plate the chicken, then top with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Serve warm.


Quote of the Month


May 2015  

President's Report

 Vice President’s Letter, May 2015

This month I am filling in for Kim and am thrilled to write my first Vice President’s letter!  We have some exciting programs coming up in the next few months and hope you will join us for networking, education, and hospitality!

We were so thrilled to have Mark Eggerding with US Foods as our keynote speaker during our meeting on April 20.  We learned how to slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures in life we rarely notice in our busy world.  Mark told us to “start with the end in mind.”  To me, that means think of your final goal and the path will be revealed. 

We also were introduced to The Relatives (, a wonderful organization helping at risk youth in the greater Charlotte area.  Thanks to Mark’s generosity, his donated speaker’s fee helped two organizations!  We have created the Mark Eggerding Scholarship fund which will enable one NACE member to take the CPCE exam.  The remaining $300+ was donated to The Relatives which will enable them to continue their wonderful mission.

A big thank you to all of our sponsors!  The Hilton Center City was a wonderful host and treated us to a wonderful meal and warm hospitality.  Carolina’s Luxury Event Rentals provided beautiful centerpieces, The Beautiful Mess provided the photography services, and PSAV was there to help with all of our Audio Visual Needs.  A very special thank you as well to The Relatives!

Our next program on May 18 is sure to be a fun evening at Skyline Terrace!  Continuing the “Big Fat Wedding” program tradition, we will host My Big Fat Gay Wedding.  Come prepared to network and learn about this lucrative market. 

**2015 NACE Experience! Conference**

The Experience! Conference this year will be held in Scottsdale, AZ July 12 – 15, 2015 at the beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.  What exactly is the Experience Conference?  Check out this video recap from last year’s conference in Baltimore:

Member-Guest Rate

In other existing news, you spoke and NACE heard you!  We will now be offering a member guest rate.  If a member brings two or more guests from their organization to a meeting, those guests are eligible for a reduced guest rate of $50 per person.   Please contact Monica Robinson or Patty Pressley to register these guests.

I look forward to seeing everyone on May 18!

Justen D. Hix

Vice President



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Member Spotlight

Name: Crystal Watson
Company:  Can You See It
Web Address:  Under Construction


 How did you become involved in the industry
I wanted to be involved in the industry and not just work in it.

How many years have you and/or your company been in the event industry?
I have been in the industry for eight years, and started my company in 2014.

How many years have you been a NACE member? 
I have been a NACE member for five years!

Why are you a member of NACE? 
I am a NACE member because of the education, and being able to network locally and nationally. NACE has become family.

What have you learned, what would you like to learn through NACE? 
I was awarded a NACE scholarship to attend the 2015 national conference. It really opened my eyes to the hospitality world and NACE has allowed me to connect with many of the event professionals in Charlotte.

Do you have a career or industry tip that you would like to share? 
Get involved within the industry and learn about the global world of hospitality (food, hotels, venues and the array of events).  

Also attend the NACE national conferences if you have the opportunity.



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Awards & Recognition

We had a fabulous event here at the Hilton Center City Hotel on Monday, April 20th.  We had the opportunity to hear from a great motivational speaker, Mark Eggerding, with U.S Food Service on how to start with the end in mind.  We also were treated to an amazing dinner by the fabulous chef’s at the Hilton that featured a duet of Spicy Jumbo Shrimp and Beef Tenderloin.

 We would take the opportunity to thank our amazing sponsors for this event ~

Billy Dail with PSAV

Ericka Turner with NC Luxury Event Rentals

Candice & Dan Lanning with The Beautiful Mess Photography

Megan Applegate with the Hilton Center City Hotel

We also had the opportunity to present The Relatives Foundation with a check of $375.00 that would graciously donated back to NACE by Mark Eggerding, our motivational speaker.


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Classified Ads


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