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Fire & Electrical Safety Tips for Your Events


April 20, 2010
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Stanford Faculty Club
439 Lagunita Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94035

Starting in February, Silicon Valley NACE began using a new format for announcing our meetings and registering our guests.  The procedure is new, but you'll still receive the same great benefits from your NACE membership. 

If you haven't yet signed up for this meeting, please click the "Register Now" button.  Please RSVP by noon on Friday, April 16.  After then, a $10 late fee will be added.  If you encounter any problems registering, please call Natti at 408-799-4347.

Join us for a dynamic evening with your colleagues in Silicon Valley's hospitality industry.  Each meeting is an opportunity for sharing ideas and advice about catering and managing special events.  Bring spouses, friends, and colleagues.  You'll enjoy three hours of great networking, an outstanding dinner, an educational program about power and lighting safety at special events, an affiliate presentation, a member testimonial, and outstanding raffle prizes. 

PROGRAM: Have you ever tripped a circuit breaker and wonder why it happened?  Have you picked up an extension cord at the end of the night and noticed it was warm?  Do you know what a GFCI is? Do you know how to check if a piece of fabric is flammable?  Natti Pierce-Thomson, of North American Theatre Technology Inc, will answer these questions and many more about what we need to know about electrical and fire safety for events.  Natti's program "OMG! My Cake is on Fire!" will include humorous video inspired by actual events and live demonstrations of the proper use of extensions cords, flame retardant for fabrics, and the latest in LED lighting technology.  This program is highly recommended for Event Planners, Banquet Captains, and of course, anybody that plugs in an extension cord. 

Lilia Photography

Natti Pierce-Thomson is the President and Senior Lighting Designer of North American Theatre Technology Inc.  One of the first ETCP Certified Entertainment Electricians, Natti is also a member of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and an Observer Member of the ESTA Electrical Power Working Group which is responsible for the development of the electrical power standards and safe working practices that are presented and accepted as ANSI standards.

SPONSORS include Diane Elcan, of the Stanford Faculty Club (facility and dinner); Terry Dudley, of Exquisite Party Rentals (linens, napkins, chair covers, chargers, etc...); Natti Pierce-Thomson, of North American Theatre Technology Inc (centerpieces & lighting); Robert Kusters, of American Disc Jockey Association (PA & entertainment); Karla Randolph, of The Card Lady Paper Goods (programs/menus); Nicole Lisanne, of Nicole Lisanne Weddings & Events By Design (design); Claudia Akers, of Claudia Akers Photography (decor photos); and Danielle Stolman, of Not So Still Life Photography (networking photos).  Shortly after this meeting, photos of the decor and the networking will be posted in our Photo Gallery (find it in the "Quick Links" box).

RAFFLE prizes include a $25 Starbucks Gift Card and Starbucks Tote Bag donated by Hey Mr. DJMore details will be announced soon.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: We support a different community non-profit at each meeting.  For this meeting, please bring your new or gently worn evening wear & gowns. We will donate them to The Princess Project Silicon Valley, which has been dressing and accessorizing financially challenged girls, for their high school proms, since 2006. The Board of Directors would like to know the community organizations that YOU, our members, want to support. Please let any board member know of your community service idea.


A Selection of Tray Passed Hors d’oeuvre du Chef

Artichoke Carpaccio and Mâche Salad
Shaved Parmesan, Tomato Concassé and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Painted Hills Natural Angus Petit Filet Mignon and
Pan Seared Halibut
Petit Filet Mignon Topped with Frizzled Leeks
and Fillet of Halibut with Lemon Thyme Beurre Blanc
White and Green Asparagus, Gruyère Potato Strudel
Grilled Vegetable Tower
Portobello Mushrooms, Seasonal Grilled Vegetables,
Herbed Polenta Cakes, Roasted Red Pepper Puree

Cheese Course
Cowgirl Creamery Cheeses, Lavender Honey, Herbed Flatbread

Opera Slice
Layers of Almond Sponge Cake, Coffee Butter Cream and Chocolate Ganache