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NACE is the oldest and largest professional association that addresses all aspects of the catering industry.

When you join, you instantly become part of a local chapter. NACE has over 40 chapters offering monthly meetings that feature nationally renown speakers, educational programs, idea sharing and networking. 

Our Mission

To provide catering and event professionals superior education, networking & resources to enhance career success and deliver excellence to clients!


Your chapter involvement is at the very heart of what NACE is all about - learning sharing and growing.
— Leslie Wong, 2014 NACE President

You'll Have an opportunity to:

  • Be at the forefront of issues that directly impact your business.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to professionalism and integrity by earning the designation and of Certified Professional Catering Executive (CPCE).
  • Work on community service projects.
  • Participate in our annual Leadership Conference, where chapter presidents, and other local leaders join the NACE Executive Committee for three days of training and educational sessions.
  • Voice your opinion and take action on issues at a local and national level.

NACE Educational 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.

Annual Membership Directory

On an annual basis, NACE provides its members with a powerful national networking tool -- a compilation of membership information arranged in three sections: alphabetically by chapter, alphabetically by up to three specialties and cross-referenced by last name. In addition, members may also request member roster updates, at no charge, throughout their membership year.

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 Foundation awards grants to established catering courses and degree programs in college curricula. Recent recipients of NACE Foundation grants are Florida International University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. Through the Foundation, NACE is helping universities and colleges recognize the importance of culinary degrees.

For more information about the Foundation, visit its website.

Awards Program

NACE established an annual awards program to honor its members' highest achievements and outstanding contributions to the catering profession. Winners are recognized at a gala awards ceremony held during the Educational Conference, as well as through articles in Catering Solutions and industry press releases.

Awards include:

Catered Event of the Year (on-premise)
Catered Event of the Year (off-premise)
Affiliate Member of the Year
Chapter Community Service Award
Chapter of the Year