Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fun at the Fairmont

Lunch with catering manager Lindsay Saltzberg at the beautiful Juniper restaurant yesterday was a real treat. The Fairmont Hotel does an amazing job and look at the gorgeous setting. They even make their own cherry soda!

The shrimp & fillet salad was to die for

Perfect day for lunch after an earthquake (Ray & Lindsay)

Joined by assistant director of catering, Mark Medrick

Just look at that courtyard picturesque

Three hour lunches with this weather is tempting

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Meet & Greet Family Brunch

Rodney Bailey hosted a wonderful "meet the family brunch" at the wonderful rooftop of the Alta SKY lounge on 14th street in DC last Sunday. Seana Hale of Design Cuisine put out a spread that even my picky grandchildren feasted on. Take a look at all of festivities and how cute our children & in some cases, their children are:

"Let's Make A Face" paints Ray's granddaughter, Nicole

Grandchildren Kyle & Nicole

Planners Kelley Freeman & Alex Pare with Ray

Gracious hostess Darcy with Terri Eaves of BASH

Peggy Martz from DAR & daughter Alyssa

The beautiful Eaves Family

Amber & Emily from Amber Karson Events

Nicole with mouse ballon

Taylor Bailey & Nicole with ballons

Taylor & Nicole pose

Our host Rodney with his princess

Terri & Alex

Hudson,The Freeman's #1 son

Planner Sara Franklin & Darcy

Carol & Bill Bowen of Suburban Video

Kelly with awesome caterer Seana Hale

Ray & Darcy are best friends

Ray with florist Alice de Wit & husband

I ♥ Twins

Summer Freeze at the Torpedo Factory

What a great night to "FREEZE" & escape the heat at the Torpedo factory last night. Great music from Satin Doll and awesome vibrations & treats from a variety of caterers including Main Event Design Cuisine, Windows, & Bittersweet. John Farr lighting lit up the room while Michael Jassar's team at Marc Park took care of the autos. Participants from The Space to Place, Potomac Riverboat, Jackson 20, Westin Alexandria, Hilton Alexandria & Marc Center added to the hottest event of the summer!

Tom Trainor suburban video with Jannie Sears of Simply Chic

Alayna & Lyndsey from CSI capitol services

Patti Collette from Patty Cakes & 2 colleagues

Photographer John Drew with Olivia Russel of TPC Avenel and colleague

Planner Michelle Taylor Spearman & Charles Holt of TPC Avenel

Michelle & Thy Parra from Evoke

Ray Bialek can't resist 2 lovely ladies

Nancy Goodman of Main Event Carters & daughter

Tom & Joanie Rylander of Purple Onion Caterers

Planner Renee with husband John Farr & the star of the night Tara from Torpedo Factory

Ray & Joanie are best friends

Tom & Olivia are best buddies

Monday, August 8, 2011

NACE Experience 2011 in Reno!

This was my first NACE Experience, and let me tell you people, I'm hooked! If you missed this year, I'm told it was in the top ten best Experiences ever. Reno, and the surrounding area, is really cool. It's completely different than the East Coast, and you can tell it's right at the heart of the Gold Rush era. You feel like you're in the wild west with some of the towns we visited (especially Virginia City).

The Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino took great care of us! Between the clean and modern rooms, fantastic (and ABUNDANT) food every day, and the fact that I walked out of there $490 richer, they can be sure I'll be staying there every time I visit Reno. Major props to NACE Reno and NACE National for a fantastic job pulling off this years Experience, with nearly 1000 people in attendance!

Check out the pics and vids below, and I hope to see you all at Nace Experience 2012 in NOLA!

Video recap of our opening Reception in Virginia City, the chef's demonstration, and more!

Nace Reno/Tahoe promo vid (Courtesy of Cre8ivecoverings)

Various NACE members (courtesy of Evoke Creative Group)

Opening Session (courtesy of Evoke Creative Group)

Opening Session (courtesy of Evoke Creative Group)

DC NACE PIMPED OUT with gorgeous ladies Olivia Russel,
Danielle Couick, Taren Madden, and Maxine Chen, along with DJ Dan and Scott Button

Dessert Display at the Awards Gala with Bananas Foster!

View of the mountains and downtown Reno from the room

Awesome dance party after the awards and dinner with
Infusion Experience (photo courtesy of Carmen Goodrich)

Carmen Goodrich and Cate Buscher of Baltimore NACE
accepting the award for Best Fundraising Event (photo courtesy of Carmen Goodrich)

Vickie Preston of Baltimore NACE accepting the
George Zell Spirit of NACE award (photo courtesy of Carmen Goodrich)