In this issue

Recipe of the Month

Fontina + Blackberry Basil Smash Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

makes 4 sandwiches

1 loaf of multigrain bread, cut into 8 thick slices

12 ounces of fresh blackberries

12-15 fresh basil leaves, chopped

6-8 ounces of fontina cheese, sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

In a large bowl, mash blackberries with a fork (be careful – they will splatter!) and stir in chopped basil. Heat an electric griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat.

Lay a piece of cheese on each slice of bread, then top with a few spoonfuls of smashed blackberries. Gently pick up 3 slices, brush some olive oil on the bottom, and place them on the griddle or skillet. Place the remaining slices on top, brushing them with olive oil too. I like to cook these over lower and slowly so the bread gets perfectly golden and the cheese melts, so let each side cook for about 4-5 minutes. Remove and dig in!

Quote of the Month


August 2014  

President's Report


The 2014 NACE EXPERINCE! Conference was truly an experience to remember.  From design and culinary trends to sales and negotiating tactics, there was a lot to learn in all aspects of the Catering and Events Industry.  The events we attended were designed to inspire from beginning to end.   Don’t miss the in-depth recap of our conference experience at the August 18th meeting. 

The most memorable moment for me personally was being honored for earning the CPCE (Certified Professional in Catering and Events) Designation.  Cristin Lee and I were both introduce as the CPCE class of 2014 during the Service That Rocks! Luncheon.   I hope to see at least two more Charlotte representatives walk across the stage next year.  You can do it!!

From the sounds of the Red Coats marching on the Star Spangled Welcome Reception to DJ Skribble breaking it down at the Foundation of NACE event, we saw a variety of entertainment options.   At the Design Experience, we learned the impact that lighting can have not only on an event but on the mood of the event’s attendees.  The Culinary Experience highlighted local Baltimore chefs using farm fresh, local ingredients, including herbs picked from the hotel’s roof top.   

There were a variety of educational breakouts with different tracks to follow depending upon your discipline.  I attended:  Wine Winning Vocabulary, From Runway to Tabletop: Design Trends for 2015, Keys to Empowering Your Team, Naked Negotiating and Selling Global Cuisine – Vibrant Food on a Shoestring Budget

Another highlight of conference was being able to vote in our new National Board of Directors.  It was honor seeing Charlotte member, Linwood Campbell, take the stage our new National President.  Linwood has a rich history with our chapter and will continue to be an advocate for our Queen City NACE Members!

The EXPERIENCE! 2015 Conference will be taking place in Scottsdale, AZ.  It will be at this conference that the Charlotte Chapter will win countless awards at the Annual Gala and Awards Celebration.  Watch out Scottsdale, the Queen City is coming for you!!   

Back to top

Welcome New Members

Nicki Cloud | Nicki Cloud, LLC.

Allison Meyer | Howl at the Moon    

Francie Rudolph | One Catering

 Sarah Wishon | Embassy Suites Concord

Jennifer Beasley | Student Member

Back to top

Member Spotlight

We are excited to spotlight Kim Werner, our very own President, for the month of Awesome August!  

Kim has been with NACE for SEVEN amazing years and on the board for FOUR.  GO KIM!  She has four full-time jobs that we are aware of: Wife, Mommy, Catering Sales Manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte and el Presidente of NACE Charlotte (doing a bit of everything to make our local NACE chapter the best it can be!).  After a long hard week, her favorite activites include the water, but more importantly, include wakesurfing, slalom skiing and paddleboarding on Lake Wylie.  Think you have what it takes to keep up with her?  Maybe she can give us all a few lessons before the summer is over!

Back to top

Awards & Recognition

Congratulations to the new National Board.  We are excited to announce the National Board President, Linwood Campbell,  is a current member of the Charlotte Chapter and was very influential in our chapter when he lived in the Queen City.

The rest of the members include:

First Vice President
and President Elect

Joe Mahoney, CPCE

Second Vice President
Donnell Bayot, M.Ed., CPCE, CHE, CFBE

Kate Patay, CPCE

Chapter Presidents' Council Chair
Dana Carroll, CPCE, CWC

Immediate Past President
Lisa Hopkins Barry, CPCE, CMP

Foundation Representative
Timothy Lam, MS, MIBS, CHT

NACE Executive Director
Bonnie Fedchock, CAE

To learn more about this amazing team, CLICK HERE.

Back to top