Awards Categories and Fees

Congratulations to 2021 NACE One Award Winners! Please check back in February for 2022 NACE One Awards criteria and deadlines!

Upcoming Deadlines:

Entries Open

March 2022

Award Deadline

May 2022

Nominees Announced

June 2022

Awards Gala

July 26, 2022

Award Categories and Fees

  • Member Awards: FREE
  • Chapter Awards: FREE
  • Industry Awards: $115 Entry Fee

Add your team to your award submission!

  • Team Member Fees: $230 Applicant + additional team member
  • $345 Applicant + 2 additional team members
  • $460 Applicant + 3 additional team members
  • $575 Applicant + 4 additional team members

Industry awards allow you to credit members of the team that contributed to the success of your event.
If selected as a winner, each team member included in the submission will receive an award. 

New in 2021

Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Award

The NACE Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Award recognizes and celebrates a chapter’s initiatives, policies, and practices that embrace diversity and inclusion across the catering & events industry. This can be achieved through community service, professional development, programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. This also includes the practice of inclusive policies and procedures to invite all voices to the chapter.

Chapter Emergency Response Award

This award recognizes a chapter’s initiative in responding to emergencies that impact the hospitality, catering & events industry. Within this category emergency response means chapter’s response to a natural disaster, severe weather, and health pandemic. This award will be given to the chapter that furthers NACE’s mission to support and empower catering & events professionals.

Chapter Engagement Award

The Chapter Engagement Award recognizes a chapter that has outstanding member engagement with an educational component through social media, activism, or promotion of the catering and events industry.

Chapter Hybrid/Virtual Program of the Year

The Chapter Virtual/Hybrid Program of the Year recognizes the excellence in planning, and execution of a chapter virtual or hybrid program. This program must demonstrate outstanding achievement in educational content, member engagement, theme, and presentation.

Industry Micro Event of the Year

The “Micro Event of the Year” award recognizes outstanding achievement in the overall event planning and production of a catered event by on and off-premise caterers, event planners, facility venue managers, and institutions producing events with 25 or fewer attendees.

Industry Innovator of the Year

The 2020 Innovator of the Year recognizes an industry professional or business’ pivotal achievement and community impact from their adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual or business pivotal in growth and adaptation of the industry during a time of change.

Industry Virtual Event of The Year

Virtual Event of the Year recognizes excellence in planning and execution of a virtual or hybrid event. In 2020, the catering and events industry went nearly completely virtual. This award recognizes innovation and creativity in the sudden adaptation to a new form of events.

 

Member 2020 Frontline Hero Award

The 2020 Frontline Hero recognizes a catering and event professional or business (nominee) whose dedication and charity gives back to their community during the downturn of COVID-19  with a pivotal impact in the event and hospitality industry.

 

Honorary Awards

Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award honoree demonstrates history of career achievement, sustained commitment to the advancement of the industry, and significant contributions to NACE on a national or local level. Honorees are individuals that have contributed to the catering and events industry and their service to the association has been significant, substantial, and long-standing.

 

Icon Award

The NACE Icon Award recognizes an industry professional who has made an impact through their company or personal efforts that advanced or made a significant contribution to the catering and events industry. The recipient of this award will join a group of outstanding individuals who made significant contributions to the industry. The recipient will be profiled by NACE and highlighted in future NACE Experience Conference marketing and promotions.

 

Rockstar Industry Submissions - $115 Entry fee (additional fees for team members)

Event Photography of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding photography and the photographer’s artistic talents. Award nominations will be split into three subcategories:

  • Wedding Photography
  • Social Event (non-wedding) Photography
  • Corporate Event Photography

Team Event of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in team effort to execute the event planning and production of a catered event by a group of caterers, event planners, facility venue managers, institutions, production companies, special event designers, décor providers, entertainment companies, and other vendors producing events such as parties, banquets, award ceremonies, festivals, sporting events, and expositions.

Event Production of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the overall event planning and production of a catered event by on and off-premise caterers, event planners, facility venue managers, and institutions producing such events as parties, banquets, award ceremonies, fundraisers, festivals, sporting events, conventions and expositions, but excluding weddings.

Award nominations will be split into two categories.

  • Social
  • Corporate

Catered Event of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding planning and execution for on premise and off-premise events, excluding weddings (see Wedding of the Year award).

Award nominations will be split into two subcategories.

  • On-Premise
  • Off-Premise

Table Presentation of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding design and décor for an event table, including but not limited to guest, buffet or conceptual tables. A conceptual table would be considered a “best of show” display piece where several elements of a table theme would be included to showcase all products; for example, those tables as seen at bridal shows and industry table-top competitions.

Wedding of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding planning and execution for wedding events, including ceremony and reception.

Speaker of the Year

The “Speaker of the Year” award recognizes professional speakers who consistently engage, motivate and inspire audiences.

Event Entertainment of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in event entertainment concept and execution for events such as parties, banquets, award ceremonies, fundraisers, festivals, sporting events, conventions and expositions, social, corporate and wedding related events. Submissions, including budget, should pertain to entertainment at a specific event exclusively.

Event Design & Décor of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in Event Design & Decor for any (social or corporate) event. 

Technical Production of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in staging, decor and stage lighting, rigging, audio visual, video mapping components, such as live-feeds, speakers, video walls, theatrical and unique technical elements for events, such as parties, banquets, award ceremonies, fundraisers, festivals, sporting events, concerts, conventions and expositions.

Outstanding Members - FREE Submission

Member of the Year

The “Member of the Year” recognizes members whose membership, local and national association participation, contributions, and involvement have made a significant impact on NACE.

Student Member of the Year

The “Student Member of the Year” recognizes student members whose chapter participation, contributions and involvement have paved the way for fellow and future students and increased the chapter’s involvement in the academic community.

George Zell Spirit of NACE

The George Zell Spirit of NACE Award recognizes NACE members whose commitment and compassion towards humanitarianism makes a profound and recognizable impact. George was the quintessential NACE member, dedicated to his chapter and the national organization.

Emerging Member of the Year

The Emerging Member award recognizes relatively new members whose membership, local and national association participation, contributions and involvement have made a significant impact on NACE.

Awesome Chapters - FREE Submission

Chapter of the Year

The NACE “Chapter of the Year” award recognizes NACE chapters that exemplify outstanding achievement in chapter planning and management, member participation, the merit of educational programs and membership growth and retention. Award nominations will be split into 3 categories:

  • 15-50 members
  • 51-100 members
  • 101+ members

Chapter Program of the Year

The NACE “Chapter Program of the Year” award recognizes the planning, production, and execution of a chapter program which demonstrates superior achievement in educational content, theme, and presentation. Award nominations will be split into 3 categories:

  • 15-50 members
  • 51-100 members
  • 101+ members

Chapter Fundraising Event of the Year

The NACE “Chapter Fundraising Event of the Year” award recognizes success in planning, production, and execution of a single fundraising event for the chapter that exemplifies outstanding efforts and abilities of the chapter and its members. Award nominations will be split into 3 categories:

  • 15-50 members
  • 51-100 members
  • 101+ members

Chapter Education Program of the Year

The NACE “Chapter Education Program of the Year” award recognizes the planning, production, and execution of a chapter program which demonstrates superior achievement in educational content. Award nominations will be split into 3 categories:

  • 15-50 members
  • 51-100 members
  • 101+ members

Chapter Community Service of the Year

The “Chapter Community Service of the Year” award recognizes outstanding work benefiting a charitable or non-profit organization, by means of an event or series of events, outreach activity or fundraising. Award nominations will be split into 3 categories:

  • 15-50 members
  • 51-100 members
  • 101+ members
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