Meeting/Event Information

    Art Inspired Events

    March 21, 2012
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    San Jose Museum of Art
    110 South Market Street
    San Jose, CA 95113

    PROGRAM: Join us as we share "Artistic" ideas for catering and special event designs!

    "Art Inspired Events" is a special evening event in collaboration with the San Jose Museum of Art and the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE).  The evening's decor will be inspired by the exhibition of Frank Lobdell: Wonderland on exhibit March 10th – August 5th, 2012 at the San Jose Museum of Art.

    Guests will sample tasty morsels from our premiere caterers, see design inspirations from our event sponsors, view outstanding works of art throughout the Museum including Frank Lobdell's 2.22.93–4.8.93 Bleeker, 1993 which is just one of the several pieces of art that inspired the evening's decor.

    In the Wendel Center, guests will have the opportunity to meet and learn from Natti Pierce-Thomson, the evening's event designer, as she transforms the Wendel Center's room decor by "painting" with light.  Ever wonder what a "gobo" is?  Can uplights really make a difference?  This is your chance to ask the expert and find out for yourself.

    "Art Inspired Events" is an award winning** experience, you don't want to miss!



    • Jacqui Marchessini, San Jose Museum of Art
    • Greg Casella, Catered Too! 
    • Jondel Goldsmith, Le Papillon
    • Ron Grandia, Ron Grandia~A Different Kind of DJ
    • Jason Mitchell, Joel Nelson Productions
    • Robbie Schlosser, Magnolia Jazz Band
    • Kren Rasmussen, Bloomster's Floral Designs
    • Terry DudleyFine Linen Creations
    • Cathe Huynh-SisonFeterie
    • Natti Pierce-ThomsonNorth American Theatre Technology Inc
    • Vince KilduffInterior Plant Design
    • John Ebel-Davies, Smile City Photo Booth
    • Vijay RakhraWedding Documentary
    • Ashlee Mah, Tiki Sweetz
    • Jen Kwapinski, Jen's Cakes


    RAFFLE PRIZES Regular Raffle ($5/ticket or $20/5tickets) includes restaurant gift cards, bottles of wine, and vouchers for future Silicon Valley NACE meetings.  The SUPER RAFFLE ($25/ticket) includes a 1-year membership to NACE.  Raffle and Super Raffle tickets may be purchased by everyone at the door.


    Did you attend January's meeting?  See 76 wonderful photos by Teresa Halton.


    Every month you can join us for another dynamic evening with your best colleagues in Silicon Valley's hospitality industry.  Each meeting is an opportunity for sharing ideas and advice about catering and managing special events.  You'll enjoy three hours of great networking, a sensational dinner, a valuable educational program, sponsor presentations, member testimonials, and exciting auction & raffle prizes.  Bring your spouses, friends, and colleagues. 

    COMMUNITY SERVICE: We support a different community non-profit at each meeting.  For this meeting, please bring cans of food, and bags of backyard produce, for the Second Harvest Food Bank or a donation for the San Jose Museum of Art in the form of check or cash.

    Please click "REGISTER NOW" 

    • EARLY BIRD DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Please RSVP by Noon on Friday, March 16th, for your $5 Early Bird Discount.
    • ALL "Early Birds" will save $5 and will receive one free regular raffle ticket.
    • $15 for Silicon Valley NACE Member, Colleague, or Spouse.
    • $15 for any member of another NACE chapter. (When you register, please select the Guest ticket, use the "ANY-NACE" Coupon Code for your $20 discount, and write your NACE ID# for verification)
    • $35 for Guests, non-members, and walk-ups (space permitting).
    • Regular Raffle tickets: one for $5 and five for $20.
    • Super Raffle tickets: one for $25.
    • LATE FEE DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Please RSVP by 3PM on Wednesday, March 21st, to avoid the $10 late fee.
    • If you encounter any problem, please email Natti Pierce-Thomson or call at 408-799-4347.

    The Registration "fine print":

    • Only Silicon Valley chapter Members can bring a check and pay at the door. 
    • SV Members may, but all others mustpre-pay with a credit card through the website. 
    • About cancellations: There are no cash refunds.  Only Members will receive a voucher to attend a future meeting, good for 60 days.  Guests do not receive any refund or voucher. 
    • The chef needs an accurate count, so unless you cancel by the noon, March 16th deadline, your registration fee is due, even if you don't attend. 
    • "Walk-ins" are available for this event.  In general, "Walk-ins" are always welcome; however, a special dinner may not be available beyond the number of RSVPs, so walk-ins may receive an alternate entree.

    "Art Inspired Events" received the following Silicon Valley NACE "Best of the Industry" Awards for 2011:

    • Meeting Event Design ~ Natti Pierce-Thomson
    • Caterer ~ Le Papillon
    • Caterer ~ Michi Catering
    • Bar & Winery ~ Catered Too!
    • Florist ~ Bloomster's Floral Designs
    • Entertainment ~ Magnolia Jazz Band


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    $5.00 One Raffle Ticket

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