Gain Experience, Networking, and Opportunities within Your Local NACE Chapter and Beyond

"I have always found NACE to be a great place to meet new people, connect with old friends and experience trends in the hospitality industry. A favorite for me is meeting new people at each event and hopefully be able to connect them with someone else, where all parties will benefit from the relationship."

--Cindy Bene, Wedding Specialist, Harry's Savoy Ballroom

Membership Options

Professional: $395/yr

Available to individuals currently employed or self-employed in, or who supply the catering, event, or hospitality industries. Professors and teachers of accredited, college level courses relating to the catering, special events and hospitality industries may also join.

Corporate: $295/yr

Corporate membership is available to employees of businesses who maintain a minimum of four memberships at the corporate rate of $275 each. This membership category is made available to businesses with four or more people at the same company and same location or same accounting home. The company must maintain at least four members at all times.

Non-Profit: $320/yr (proof of non-profit status required)

Young Professional: $245/yr (under 30, copy of ID required)

Student: $50/yr (proof of enrollment required)

Student membership is limited to individuals enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in a post-secondary educational program who intend to begin a career in the catering and events industry.

We're excited for you to join our community!

NACE Membership Benefits

NACE membership offers unparalleled networking opportunities, free resources, and steep discounts on NACE educational opportunities and NACE partner services!

Industry Involvement

NACE offers members an opportunity to network with fellow catering industry professionals. The Association monitors key issues affecting the industry and provides properly insured and licensed off-premise caterers and suppliers with promotional materials concerning food sanitation and safety. Through NACE, you are able to voice your opinion about issues that affect you locally and nationally.

Educational Opportunities

In addition to the local chapter meetings each month, NACE holds two national conferences each year.

The Leadership Conference in January is designed to train chapter officers and the Educational Conference in July is one of the largest events in the world dedicated exclusively to the professional caterer and industry suppliers.

Nationally recognized speakers, chefs, catering and convention services professionals present a comprehensive educational program. Exciting events showcase the best and brightest in menu planning, food preparation, service, entertainment, event planning and décor.

Professional Certification

As education is one of the main goals of NACE, the association has developed the Certified Professional Catering Executive (CPCE) Certification Exam, which is designed to raise the standards of performance in the catering industry. NACE members who achieve the CPCE status represent the best in the catering, convention services and event professions. Details about CPCE criteria, study materials, test dates and locations, and exam fees are available from NACE National Headquarters. More details can be found on the NACE website and in Section 10.

Foundation of NACE

NACE also has an educational foundation that provides funding for catering education, catering research, and grants to colleges and universities offering catering courses and degree programs. The Foundation of NACE was created by the parent association in 1985 to enhance the education of tomorrow's catering professionals. More details on the Foundation can be found on the NACE Web Site and in Section 10.

The NACE Catering Research Institute (CRI)

The CRI provides a research vehicle for catering professionals and a comprehensive curriculum for individuals who wish to pursue catering and convention services as a career. Research assistance includes menu development, salary surveys, event themes, legal issues, data analysis, curriculum design and catering information as requested. Educational opportunities include management training work experience, mentoring, curricula enhancement and student/faculty scholarships. More details on the CRI can be found at and in Section 10.

NACE National Website -

The NACE national website is a primary source of communication with our members. The site contains in-depth information and resource on membership benefits to conference information, chapter management tips to a career center, newsletters to important industry links, as well as many local chapter sites. You can access your peers through the on-line member directory, as well as download documents and registration forms for educational programs.

Professional Caterer Magazine

NACE members receive a bi-monthly magazine highlighting the newest member benefits and programs to grow your career. Read articles about the catering industry from education to fundraising concepts.

Email Discussion Lists

NACE is pleased to announce the addition of "Email Discussion Lists" as our newest members-only service and benefit. Have questions? Need advice? Did your latest event incorporate innovative ideas that made it a smashing success? Share the news! Join the community of your peers - network, exchange ideas, and help others solve problems through the NACE Email Discussion lists. Keep the exchange of information that you experience during the NACE National Conferences going, in-between meetings! To sign up, visit the website at This new service is free to all NACE members, Primary, Affiliate and Corporate.

Awards Program

NACE established an annual awards program to honor its members' highest achievements and outstanding contributions to the catering profession. Winners are recognized at a gala awards ceremony held during the Educational Conference, as well as through articles in The Professional Caterer and industry press releases. More details can be found on the NACE website.

Annual Directory

To enhance networking opportunities, members are listed in NACE's online member directory. Go to and click on "Member Directory." To access, you must have your NACE member ID.

Membership Categories

Primary Members:
Currently employed Directors of Catering or Convention Services, Catering or Convention Service Managers, Off-Premise Caterers, Event Managers and any other title whose position entails booking, menu planning, finalizing events and supervising personnel who execute food and beverage events.

General Managers, Owners, Food and Beverage Directors, Banquet Managers or the equivalent as well as professors and accredited teachers of related courses at the college level.

Primary members may belong to additional chapters at $50.00 per additional chapter.

Affiliate Members:
Purveyors of products and services to or from NACE members. NACE membership and programs provide access to your event partners and build relationships for business.

Affiliate members may also belong to additional chapters at $50.00 per additional chapter.

Have a membership question? Email Membership Director Billy Handy today!