Driskill Hotel

Austin Events Nace Experience 2010 in Austin

by Eric Hegwer on 29 July, 2010

What a week it has been.  Full of Events, engagements, and client meetings for upcoming weddings.  To top it all off, I’ve been working on getting my meeting spaces (yes that’s right – 2 offices) up and running.

A few days ago, the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE)  was in town for their annual convention.  When the organizers here in Austin asked me to help out, I was both flattered, and excited.  I knew that it was going to be an incredible event.

To start the conference, two Event planner powerhouses in town teamed up to produce the opening night Gala at the Driskill Hotel.  Tacy with Meritage Events, and Cindy with Red Velvet brought in the very best Austin event vendors and talent.

Scroll down for some of my favorite shots, or visit the temporary event photo gallery to see all the fun!

The Driskill Hotel in Austin

The Driskill Hotel in Austin

9-foot tall Glamazons in the Driskill Lobby greeted guests.

9-foot tall Glamazons in the Driskill Lobby greeted guests.

Entrance to the Driskill Ballroom, where all the incredible NACE food was displayed

Entrance to the Driskill Ballroom, where all the incredible NACE food was displayed

The Driskill Mezzanine, decorated for the NACE opening night with red light by Ilios, and tables from Townsley designs

The Driskill Mezzanine, decorated for the NACE opening night with red light by Ilios, and tables from Townsley designs

The Driskill Ballroom

The Driskill Ballroom

Cowboy hats as take-away favors by Hatbox in Austin

Cowboy hats as take-away favors by Hatbox in Austin

Authentic Can-Can girls gave a special Hello, to guests of the NACE conference.

Authentic Can-Can girls gave a special Hello, to guests of the NACE conference.

Real-live cowboy statues greeted NACE guests as they arrived to the Rhinestone Cowby opening night event

Real-live cowboy statues greeted NACE guests as they arrived to the Rhinestone Cowby opening night event

The stage was set for American Outlaw at the Rhinestone Cowboy event

The stage was set for American Outlaw at the Rhinestone Cowboy event

Watermellon and Mozzarella appetizers

Watermellon and Mozzarella appetizers

Proof!

Proof!

The Hatbox booth was a huge hit.

The Hatbox booth was a huge hit.

The mezzanine at the Driskill with special lighting.

The mezzanine at the Driskill with special lighting.

Chefs at the Driskill prepared authentic Austin Cuisine for all the NACE members.

Chefs at the Driskill prepared authentic Austin Cuisine for all the NACE members.

Cindy Lo of Red Velvet Events, and Tacy Infante of Meritage Events planned the whole opening night for NACE.  Great Job!

Cindy Lo of Red Velvet Events, and Tacy Infante of Meritage Events planned the whole opening night for NACE. Great Job!

Some of the great folks from Townsley Designs

Some of the great folks from Townsley Designs

American Outlaw started their set with Fireworks from Special FX in Austin

American Outlaw started their set with Fireworks from Special FX in Austin

Come back tomorrow to see the rest of the photos from some of the conferences and the closing night awards ceremony and finale party!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Brad Castro July 30, 2010 at 8:59 am

Wow – love the glamazon!

Mary of The Simplifers August 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

What a great event! It was fun to run the Bedazzling station!

Charles August 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

Great job Eric! I had no idea how much I missed! We had fun talking to you and other friends and working, but I would have liked to have tried some of those appetizers too!

Charles
http://blog.getthepicturenow.com

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