December 2021 Education Program

Date: Wed, December 1, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Hall Arts Hotel - 1717 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201

Art of the Plate

Join Chef Dan Landsberg and General Manager Michael Gluckman of Hall Arts as they share how they work to incorporate art with their catering and food offerings. Plate presentations run the full range of super simple to very complex.  From appetizer to dessert they want their guests’ experience at any event to be enhanced by food. They will share with us how they have honed their craft in making visually stunning presentations that are not only beautiful but delectable as well!

Executive Chef Dan Landsberg

Dan Landsberg comes to HALL Arts Hotel following an 11-year tenure with ZaZa Hospitality where he led the culinary efforts at Dragonfly and later assisted in concepting and directing operations across the brand. His career has given him the opportunity to work with a variety of established restaurants, chefs and brands including Stephan Pyles Restaurant, Wynwood Hospitality, Tillman’s Roadhouse and Lange Twins Family Winery and Vineyard. Elated to be a part of the HALL Arts Hotel team and at the helm of Ellie’s, he is ready to make his mark with a new menu of flavorful dishes using seasonal and local ingredients.

General Manager Michael Gluckman

Michael Gluckman grew an interest in fine dining at a young age when he watched his grandfather run the kitchen of an 800-seat restaurant. Intrigued by his grandfather’s diligent work ethic and restaurant success, Mr. Gluckman entered The Culinary Institute of America, followed by 13 years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, including 9 years as a general manager of Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. Mr. Gluckman comes to Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge from Ventana by Buckner, a luxury senior living destination in Dallas, where he served as Director of Culinary Services. He looks forward to creating fun and memorable dining experiences for our guests.

Thank you to our December Sponsors:

New Member Orientation

Date: Wed, November 3, 2021

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Virgin Hotel Dallas - 1445 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

Join us for our New Member Orientation at Parkway Experiences. Get to know other NACE members and how you can make the most out of your membership. We are meeting just one hour before the November program begins.

Email to confirm your attendance.

November 2021 Education Program

Date: Wed, November 3, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Virgin Hotel Dallas - 1445 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

Sticky Situations: How to deal with family drama and other things you aren’t getting paid for

Wedding professionals are often placed in undesirable situations dealing with client family drama, unreasonable client demands, and even moral dilemmas. Additionally, we are sometimes portrayed as therapists, negotiators, fairy godparents, and many numerous things that lead to a false narrative about our industry. Being able to define your professional relationship with clients and enforce those boundaries is key to any successful wedding business.

Takeaways include:

  • Why client relationships can so easily become murky and lead to problems.
  • When (and how) to set boundaries to avoid being place in an uncomfortable position.
  • What to do first when you see a situation heading downhill. 
  • How to show empathy without allowing yourself to be taken advantage of

About Margaux Fraise

Margaux Fraise is the owner + creative director of Harmony Creative Studio, an award-winning boutique wedding firm in Los Angeles, CA. Since moving from retail consulting to events in 2011, her goal has been to design weddings with intention, infusing celebrations with her signature organic and minimal style yet still tailored to each couple. 

A Stage IV breast cancer survivor, she has a unique perspective on what is truly valuable in love, life and weddings – and brings that viewpoint to help her clients hone in on what matters to them. As a result, her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Style Me Pretty, Brides, and Green Wedding Shoes, among others.

Margaux serves as a wedding business educator, frequent podcast guest and motivational speaker. Her meticulous onboarding, planning, design and execution procedures have also caught the attention of her peers, and she shares insight regularly on efficient systems for creatives.   Margaux has also launched multiple educational courses for wedding pros and hosts the twice-yearly premiere online summit for wedding pros: the Wedding Summit Series.

Thank you to our November Sponsors:
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October Networking & Education Program

Date: Wed, October 6, 2021

Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM

Location: Arts District Mansion - 2101 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 (formerly Belo Mansion)

9 Ingredients to Sustained Success

Join us for October’s NACE networking & education program on Wednesday, October 6th at Arts District Mansion!

We will kick off the evening with our New Member Orientation, so if you are a new member please make sure to attend to get all your questions answered, to meet other members, and the board. 

“9 Ingredients for Sustained Success”

For most people, the benefits of success can seem elusive.  These people struggle, search and try year after year to create a life filled with financial security, nurturing relationships, and a sense of purpose and meaning while others appear to effortlessly achieve greatness, independence, and happiness as they travel through life. There are certain attitudes, actions, and beliefs that when followed, ultimately lead to the higher ground. During this session, Tim shares nine of the critical ingredients for success.

About Tim Connor

As a global speaker and trainer, Tim Connor, CSP has given over 4000 presentations in twenty-five countries around the world to a wide variety of audiences.  Over 85% of his engagements are repeat programs with the same clients on different topics in the area of sales, management and leadership, customer service and business growth.

He is also the bestselling author of over 80 books including several international best sellers, Soft Sell (The Number One Best Selling Sales Book In The World now In 23 Languages and with sales over one million copies) and Corporate Disconnect.

Tim’s clients range in sales from 1 million to over 80 billion a year and come from a wide variety of industries including; food, manufacturing and distribution, construction, financial services, healthcare, hospitality and personal and professional services.  His presentations are filled with insightful and contemporary ideas and are presented in an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining style.

Event Details

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

Arts District Mansion
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(formerly Belo Mansion)

Meeting Registration Fees:
Members $45, Guests $60, Student $35

New Member Orientation:

Check-in & Networking:

Dinner & Eductation Program:

Desserts & More Networking:

*We are still practicing COVID safety protocols, and encourage all attendees to wear a mask if they are not seated at their table.

The last day for early bird pricing is Thursday, September 30th. Registration closes Monday, October 4th.

Thank you to our October Program Sponsors

DFW NACE Presents The Gong Show (2021 Annual Fundraiser)

Date: Wed, September 1, 2021

Time: 6:00p - 10:00p

Location: On the Levee - 1108 Quaker St, Dallas, TX 75207

Join us Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
6:00pm – 10:00pm

On the Levee
1108 Quaker St
Dallas, TX 75207

* Cocktail Attire *
(masks are required)

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $50! The last day for early bird tickets is Monday, August 2nd at 11:59p.
Price increases on August 3rd to $65
And tickets at the door will be $75

** Do you have what it takes to miss the gong? Register your solo or team act today by emailing for more details. The last day to enter is Friday, August 20th.

Single Act: $50
2-4 People: $40 per person
5 or more: $35 per person

Bring cash to stop the gong for your favorite performers! The performer with the most cash at the end of the night will win the People’s Choice Award!

*** If you are interested in sponsoring or donating a silent auction for this event please email Chris Harmon –

**** The After Party will be at Render Events!
1101 Quaker St, Dallas TX 75207
(Right across the street.)

2021 Gong Show Fundraiser Sponsors:

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August 2021 Happy Hour & Karaoke

Date: Wed, August 4, 2021

Time: 6:00p-8:00p

Location: FireHouse Gastro Park - 321 W Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Firehouse Gastro Park

Join us for small bites, karaoke, and tons of great networking!

Come out to DFW NACE Happy Hour and sign up for Karaoke! Karaoke is $10 per song to benefit Project 16.

Event Details

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

Happy Hour:
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Firehouse Gastro Park
321 W Main St
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Free to Attend, Karaoke is $10 per song, Cash bar

Thank you to our August Happy Hour sponsors!

2021 NACE Experience Annual Conference

Start date: Sun, August 1, 2021

End date: Wed, August 4, 2021

Location: Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

The annual NACE Experience conference is filled with education that all catering and events professionals needs, and loads of fun that you won’t want to miss. 

Hosted at Bellagio Resort and Casino
August 1st – August 4th, 2021

You can find all the details about Experience here:

DFW NACE Paints with Purpose (Fundraiser Prelude)

Date: Wed, July 14, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Painting with a Twist - 513 E, I-30 Rockwall, TX 75087

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Join us Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Painting with a Twist
513 E, I-30
Rockwall, TX 75087

Tickets are $50 each
Vestals Catering is sponsoring individual Charcuterie boxes for each attendee. Bring your own wine to sip & share. Water and other non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Password to register is: NACE

Thank you to our Paints with a Purpose Sponsors

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July 2021 Education Program

Date: Wed, July 7, 2021

Time: 6:00p-9:00p

Location: Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake - 285 Shady Oaks Dr, Southlake, TX 76092

Building Business After a Life-Changing Moment

Life throws us curveballs at the most unexpected moments, with no regard for your business ownership, client base, or personal life. As an entrepreneur, it can be an extremely trying time for your brand, your business, and your team. Unfortunately, there is no handbook for dealing with these moments of grief, and it can be an overwhelming learning curve to endure. Join José as he discusses his own experience with the life-changing loss of his husband, how grieving initially impacted his business, and how he picked himself back up and returned stronger than ever (and how you can do the same).

Takeaways include:

  1. Stages of grief and how they impact your business, including a more technical approach to what things you need in place to avoid an absence within your brand. 
  2. Having a plan of action. What strategies to put in place to provide yourself and your business with security in the event of a loss or hardship.
  3. What you can do to communicate with your audience and clients, whether it’s sharing the moment as part of your brand/your story or removing it from the public eye for a more private approach.
  4. Tips for focusing on growth, support, and the future during emotional turmoil/depression and remaining business-forward as best you can. Finding the balance of growth and knowing it’s okay to grieve, including best practices for self-care.
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José Rolón

A NUPTIAL MAESTRO FOR A DECADE, JOSÉ has made a name for himself with his chill vibe and generous command, with his planning and design aesthetic making him one of the top rising wedding planners in NYC. He is frequently sought for his expertise on The New York Times, Brides, NACE, and more, as well as his work featured with Martha Stewart, Essence Magazine, Sophisticated Weddings Magazine, New York Weddings, and the Best of The Knot. Recently, he was named one Biz Bash’s Most Influential Event Professionals.

José lives in Brooklyn Heights with his three children, and as a single dad, has learned how to keep his cool under pressure. During COVID, José and his family chose to take TikTok by storm during quarantine! As a result, he has been featured and had appearances on NowThis News, CBS AtHome Videos with Cedric the Entertainer, Ellen’s Game of Games, Tamron Hall Show, Univision Se Habla USA, and The Drew Barrymore Show. If that’s wasn’t enough, José was named co-host of Season 2’s webseries Parenting Wins airing in March 2021.

Event Details

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Registration & Networking:

Dinner & Program:

Desserts & Networking:

Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake
285 Shady Oaks Dr.
Southlake, TX 76092

Meeting Registration Fees:
Members $45, Guests $60, Student $35

*We are still practicing COVID safety protocols, and encourage all attendees to wear a mask if they are not seated at their table.

The last day for early bird pricing is Thursday, July 1st. Registration closes Monday, July, 5th.

Thank you to our July Education Program sponsors!

DFW NACE Presents Drag Bingo (Fundraiser Prelude)

Date: Wed, June 9, 2021

Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Virgin Hotel Dallas - 1445 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

Jenni P

Featuring performances by:
Krystal Summers
Nichole O’Hara Munro
Kenya Blue

Tickets are $60 each
Bingo cards are included with your ticket. And daubers will be $2.
Bring cash to tip your favorite performers!

Bingo prizes will be awarded each round!

Incredible DFW NACE food and drink specials.

**Email for Tickets**

Visit for all of the details!

Drag Bingo Sponsors: