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Recipe of the Month

Serves 6-8 as a side dish

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbs olive oil
  • Pinch red chili flakes
  • 2 x 400g (14oz) tins of chickpeas
  • 4 spring onions (scallions), green part only, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 150g (5 ounces) feta
  • Salt and pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook the red onion till lightly golden. Add garlic and chili and cook till the garlic is fragrant. Set aside to cool so it doesn’t melt the feta when you mix it in.

Drain the chickpeas, rinse and place in the salad bowl. Add crumbled feta, spring onion, parsley and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. Add the cooled onion and garlic mixture and remaining oil and mix well.

Quote of the Month


July 2015  

President's Report


Well, it’s official.   Summertime is here.  Time for a little fun in the sun and hopefully a little break between the event- filled spring and fall months.  

NINE of your charlotte chapter members will truly be sizzling in the desert at the 2015 EXPERIENCE! Conference and Expo.  Erin Dennis, Tim Kolesar, Cristin Lee, Megan Applegate, Vinny Esposito, Jenna Morrow, Tara West, Justen Hix and I will travel to Scottsdale, AZ mid-July to take part in this exciting event.  

In addition to experiencing the latest in culinary and event design trends, we will also have the opportunity to learn more about the following disciplines – Event Sales and Marketing, Catering, Event Production and Personal Growth and Development.  I am personally looking forward to the contracting course led by our very own, Matt Vilmer with Sodoma Law.  Congrats on being a National Speaker Matt!! 

Don’t worry, we will still be sizzling in August as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Charlotte NACE.  The gala will take place on Friday, August 21st at the Charlotte Convention Center where we will party like its 1995.  Hope to see you there in your sizzling cocktail (or 1995 Prom) attire! 

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Job Openings/Classifieds

Scott Brown Media Group is looking for a driven Audio Visual Technician.  We are seeking  a creative individual with strong communication skills and the ability to interact with coworkers and clients, often under deadline pressure. 

Please contact more more information

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Member Spotlight

Name: Lyndsay Mack
Company:  Party Time Rentals, Inc.
Web Address:

What does your company do?
Not only does Party Time Rentals provide the Southeast with quality event rentals but also superior customer service and a hands on approach to each event since 1972. Family owned and operated, Party Time Rentals offers assorted tents sizes, tables and chairs, dance floor, staging, china and charger plates, glassware, flatware, exhibition equipment, and crowd control fencing. Corporate events, festivals and weddings are our primary occasions but no task is too big or small for Party Time Rentals!

What trends do you see for events this year?
More and more we see normally small occasions turn into big occasions. People are finding any and every reason to celebrate. Party’s on the rise are Stock the Bar Party’s, I Do Barbeques and Gender reveals. Also, with continued economic growth, more companies are showing employee appreciation. We are constantly getting calls for company events and luncheons. We really love doing these because we know how important it is for employees to feel appreciated where they work.

Share something unique/different about the services you offer.
Our dedicated staff truly set us apart from other rental companies. From the moment a client calls or walks through our font door, we continually strive to make their event a success. We understand each event is different and unique in its own way. As the details of events change, we adapt and revise as necessary, all the while ensuring the achievement of a flawless event. Last minute changes are inevitable and some clients need more attention than others. Attention to detail is our priority. 

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Hospitality Committee

Thank you from the hospitality committee for welcoming Monica and myself as the new committee co-chairs. We look forward to seeing everyone at the next NACE event!!! Make sure you give your nametags back to us!!!

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Recap from June's NACE & ISES event

Such a fun night! Big thanks to NACE members & ISES members,  CenterStage@NODA, Charlotte Arrangements, Red Star CateringSugar Creek Brewing, Tommy McCart, Party Time RentalsParty Blooms Olive Paper and ELITE ENTERTAINMENT for making it all happen!!


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Experience 2015

The Experience! Conference and Expo is the only major industry conference that serves everyone in the catering and events industry. At Experience, attendees find education in every moment that they are on site, from the meals they are served to high-ranking breakout sessions and award winning national keynote speakers. And that is still not to mention the networking with industry leaders and celebrities. Experience is consistently ranked as a high value and those who have attended recommend the conference to others and come back again and again. 

Experience includes the Design Experience, a one of a kind interactive demonstration of the latest trends and design tips. And the Culinary Experience is a multi-sensory experience that lets participants enjoy culinary treasures at their seat as they are being prepared on stage. In between, national speakers from the Food Network, Hard Rock International, and even the White House share their industry secrets. So plan to come to Experience 2015 in Scottsdale! Here’s a quick video to show you what it’s all about.
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