Sunday, July 29, 2007

NACE Educational Conference

One of the things that is so vital to the health of a professional in the event industry is continuing education. So, from July 15th - 19th, I had a chance to be a student and learn all of the new trends in food service and event production from some of the best in the business at the National Association Of Catering Executive's Educational Conference in Houston, Texas.

We had two fabulous key note speakers: Marc Summers of Food Network's "Unwrapped" and Scott Corridan of Corridan & Company Designs in Santa Barbara, CA. who also happens to be a cast member for the new season of HGTV's Design Star. Marc's topic was "Passion" and believe me - that is one of the traits you need to be good in this business - you can't just "like" it, you have to "LOVE" it. And Scott - well, what can I say about this absolutely fabulous designer?? He taps into the very psyche and soul of his clients to bring forth the most amazing, touching, spellbinding work I've ever seen -and he's got the most beautiful smile to boot!!! I also got to meet the "Cake Lady of Soho" - the unflappable and totally delightful Sylvia Weinstock - her cakes are gorgeous and her sense of humor is hilarious!!

The workshops were excellent, the food - well, basically we ate all day every day :) I met some great folks, forged new working relationships and even got to meet one of my fellow cast mates from "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?" , the dynamic and wonderfully funny Steve Kemble.

If you are an event professional, consider checking out the NACE chapter in your area - to find the one nearest you, log onto for details.

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