NACE Capital Style Awards Gala

Event pros celebrate the best catering and decor of the year.

White feather palm trees and Casablanca: total Old Hollywood glamour. All photographs by Geoff Chesman

On Sunday night, DC-area caterers and event planners attended the National Association of Catering Executives’ annual awards gala at the Hotel Monaco. The theme was “NACE Salutes the 1940s: Heroes to Hollywood,” and the decor—including Casablanca playing on a large screen in the ballroom and Uncle Sam mingling with guests during cocktail hour—channeled the Old Hollywood meets Americana vibe. And we were psyched to see Mary Alice Yeskey of Charm City Cakes (and Ace of Cakes!) emcee the awards ceremony.

List of winners after the jump:

Best Guest Table Presentation
Alexandra Pare
Cherry Blossom Events

Best Team Event
Aisha Malik
Capital Party Rentals

Best Catered Event
Rachel Chadderdon, CPCE
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

Best Team Event
Mary Marchetti
Backstage Bistro

Best Wedding Event
Kelley Freeman, CPCE
Carte Blanche Events

Best Event Production
Aisha Malik
Capital Party Rentals

Best Event Production On Premise
Kelley Freeman, CPCE
Carte Blanche Events

NACE Spirit Award
Kelly Downes
Select Event Rentals


Gala Co-Chair Kelley Freeman of Carte Blanche Events, Mary Alice Yeskey of Charm City Cakes, Gala Co-Chair Alexandra Pare of Cherry Blossom Events, and DC NACE President Taren Madden of National Conferencing Inc. Photograph by Geoff Chesman


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