DC NACE Awards

The National Association of Catering Executives honors the best in Washington food service and event planning.

Stylist Heather Wright and Gala Co-Chair Danielle Couick.

On Sunday, November 7, The Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives—the area’s oldest and largest association of caterers and event planners—honored local industry professionals in its first annual DC NACE Awards. The ceremony, conducted as part of the tenth annual NACE Capital Style Gala, was held at the Photogroup offices in Silver Spring. The event, dubbed Under the Big Top, had a vintage-circus theme.

Not sure who to hire for your big day? Here’s a look at the winners, selected by the people who know best—event-industry professionals:

Best Catered Event
Nicole Tibbs, CPCE, CMP
Grand Hyatt Washington

Best Wedding
Alex Pare
Cherry Blossom Weddings & Events

Best Team Event
Columbia Country Club (venue), BBJ Linens (party rentals), and Something Fabulous (event design)

Best Table Design
Alex Pare
Cherry Blossom Weddings & Events

NACE Spirit Award (which recognizes NACE members whose commitment and compassion towards humanitarianism makes a profound and recognizeable impact)
Jeannette Tavares of EVOKE Event Planning

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