January 18, 2017

January 2017 Meeting: Culinary Adventure
January 18, 2017
5:30 PM CST - 9:00 PM CST
The St. Regis Houston
1919 Briar Oaks Ln
Houston, TX 77027
Join Us on the first stop of our 2017 Passport to Experience with a Culinary Adventure!

$40.00 Member meeting ticket
$55.00 after 05:00 pm January 16

$55.00 Guest/future member meeting ticket
$70.00 after 05:00 pm January 16

$25.00 Student meeting ticket
$40.00 after 05:00 pm January 16

$35.00 Student non-member/future member ticket
$50.00 after 05:00 pm January 16

Join us as we kick off the New Year with this culinary dynamic duo! Traveling to us from Denver, Karen and Brett Tucker will take us on the first stop of our Passport to Experience: Culinary Adventure!


Meet our Speakers:

Brett Tucker is the co-owner of Relish Catering & Events in Denver, Colorado. Prior to becoming the owner of Relish Catering & Events, Brett was the General Manager and Executive Chef for the company.  Brett has been responsible for the menu design and execution as well as the entire culinary staff for the past 13 years. 

Brett is a member of ICA (International Caterers Association), and was the Director of Fundraising for NACE from 2013-2015.  While supporting the organization he also created the annual “Bites & Bottles” fundraiser that benefits the organization in addition to the local non-profit The Shining Stars Foundation and The Foundation of NACE.  He was successful in raising over $40,000 during his time on the NACE Board.  While being a member of these organizations he has been a panelist for several meetings, spoke at national conferences, and mentored students to introduce and educate them on food trends, sustainability, food presentations, as well as service skills and traditions. 


Karen Tucker is the co-owner Relish Catering & Events in Denver, Colorado. Prior to owning the company Karen was the Director of Sales and was responsible for assisting the sales staff in designing unique menus for each individual client based on their preferences, dietary needs, and ideas. 

In addition to owning Relish Catering & Events, Karen has served on the board for the Greater Denver NACE Chapter since 2009, and is the current Immediate Past President. She has been a member of ILEA since 2001.  Before serving as Immediate Past President for NACE she was the President, Vice-President, and Director of Fundraising, and successfully raised over $15,000.00 each year for local charities, the Greater Denver NACE chapters as well as the Foundation of NACE. 


NACE Houston Culinary Adventure

5:30 pm Networking

6:30 pm Program & Dinner

9:00pm Event Ends


Parking Information: 

Please note, self parking is not available. Reduced valet is available for this event at $12 plus taxes, at the second hotel entrance directly past the main entrance on Briar Oaks. 


Our wonderful vendors who make it all happen:

The St. Regis Houston - Host Venue, Food & Beverage, & Room Stays for Speakers

Brightstar Productions - AV/Lighting

LBL Event Rentals- Linens

Plants n' Petals - Centerpieces

Adams & Green Entertainment - Pianist for Cocktail Hour

Shannon Nichole Photography - Photography 

Dinner Menu

Briar Oaks bistro salad with smoked almond-crusted chevre

Surf & turf: pepper seared beef tenderloin with a texas crab cake, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, caramelized onions, and  a red-wine demi glace

Dessert duo of apple crostata with a crushed hazelnut brittle and a hazelnut chocolate bomb

**Vegetarian and Gluten Free options available upon request**

Chef will also be making a delicious take home treat for attendees!


Future Meetings

July 18, 2018

Christmas in July! Holiday Trends Panel

July 18, 2018
11:00 AM CDT - 1:30 PM CDT

Le Meridien Houston Downtown
1121 Walker St
Houston, TX 77002

Laura Campbell (Austin), Lauren Twichell (Dallas), & Billinda Wilkinson (San Antonio)

August 15, 2018

Network to Net-Worth: Make More Money by Expanding Your Market

August 15, 2018
6:00 PM CDT - 8:30 PM CDT

Hotel Alessandra
1070 Dallas Street
Houston, TX 77002

Speaker- Brian Leahy

September 20, 2018

Bayou Blues Libation & Culinary Competition

September 20, 2018
5:30 PM CDT - 9:00 PM CDT

House of Blues
1204 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77002

Annual NACE Houston Fundraiser

October 17, 2018

Beers & Ballots

October 17, 2018
5:30 PM CDT - 9:00 PM CDT

Karbach Brewing Company
2032 Karbach Street
Houston, TX 77092


November 14, 2018

Student Planned Meeting

November 14, 2018
5:30 PM CST - 9:00 PM CST

The Bouganivilleas
12126 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77077


December 17, 2018

NACE Awards Gala

December 17, 2018
5:30 PM CST - 9:00 PM CST

JW Marriott Downtown
806 S Main St
Houston, TX 77002

Celebrating Houston's Best of the Best