About NACE National


Established 60 years ago, the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) is the go-to resource and community for catering and event professionals nationwide. With more that 40 chapters across the country and 3500 members and growing, NACE empowers catering and event professionals by providing them with industry leading education, tools and resources, and a vibrant community to learn and grow from.

We are the first non-profit national organization for caterers, event planners and event professionals that provides education, certification and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry.    


To be the premier resource and community for catering and event professionals.


To be the catalyst for exceptionalism and evolution for catering and event professionals.

Meet the nace national board


Annual Experience Conference

A highlight of NACE is the Educational Conference held each summer. It is the largest event in the world dedicated exclusively to the professional caterer and industry suppliers. Nationally recognized speakers and catering professionals present a comprehensive educational program. Exciting social events showcase the best and brightest in menu planning, food preparation, service, presentation and decorations. Equally important are the contacts you develop with your peers and the ongoing networking resources that you take home.   To learn more about the 2019 Experience Conference in Cincinnati, please visit here.

Leadership Conference

Because local chapters are the essence of NACE, the association invests time and money to ensure that chapter leaders are trained to perform their duties. Each January, NACE conducts a Leadership Conference, where chapter presidents, and other local leaders join the NACE Executive Committee for three days of training and educational sessions.  Save tuned for more information upcoming the Evolve here.


Online Courses

NACE empowers catering and event professionals with the knowledge they need to be successful and thrive in the careers. The Business Academies offer education in core concepts that are the foundations of the catering and events industry. Purchase one course or the whole bundle and work at your own pace from home. The NACE Business Academies allow you to earn educational contact hours towards CPCE certification or recertification. Visit the NACE National website to course and prices here

Get Certified!

The Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) is a nationally recognized program and the mark of excellence for catering and event professionals. The recognition and opportunities that come with a CPCE designation empower you to fast-track your career or business. Obtaining a CPCE designation shows your employer and clients that you have demonstrated experience and expertise, giving you a competitive advantage. To learn more about how to yourself in the catering and events industry and take your career to the next level please visit the NACE National website here


Are you the ONE?

You are creative, resourceful and have delivered some not so shabby events for your clients. You deserved to be recognized as THE ONE who stands out amongst your peers.

The NACE One Awards recognizes individuals and chapters that demonstrate one of a kind planning, production, and execution of spectacular events. For each of the categories, NACE award judges select ONE winner, will you be THE ONE? Visit NACE National website to learn aabout the award categories and fees here.

NACE Charlotte Awards:

  • 2017 Chapter Education Program of the Year - Chapters 100+ Members

  • 2015 Chapter Education Program of the Year - Chapters 50-100 Members

  • 2015 Chapter of the Year - Chapter 50-100 Members

The Foundation of NACE

In 1985, NACE created the Foundation of NACE to further the association's positive impact in educating future catering professionals at the university level. The mission of the Foundation is to support the catering and events industry by educationg our members and investing in our community. Some of the new initiatives includes awardsing scholarships to students members and members pursing careers in the catering & events industry. And to award community grants to help local chapters give back to thier individual communities. To learn more about the Foundation and the scholarship opportunites available click here.