The 2018 National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) Experience conference celebrated its 60th year (#NACEis60) with days of inspiration, creativity, and community at the forefront. The hot, hot heat of Palm Desert, CA had no effect on this band of merry attendees, who spent early mornings until late at night together learning and networking. Terrific education, inspired evening events, delicious lunches, and an awards ceremony were enough to ward off the three digit temps (as in, 122+ degrees).
All photos Kathleen Stoehr, except where noted
Here is an overview of NACE’s “Oasis in the Desert.”
Music & Arts Festival
Photo courtesy Rand Larson, Morningstar Productions
This kickoff event was packed with delicious food, drinks, entertainment and fun surprises. With the theme of boho chic, attendees enjoyed this Cochella-reminiscent event, the work of Cathy O’Connell, COJ Events.
Ramen beef burger with gochujang mayo and sui choy slaw
Delicious chick pea falafel with garam masala stew
No Cochella-inspired event is complete without a Ferris wheel. Photo courtesy Rand Larson, Morningstar Productions
Photo ops at the Airstream trailer!
Green screen photo ops!
Braving the triple digit heat, speaker David Caruso chats with a boho-attired attendee. Photo courtesy Rand Larson, Morningstar Productions