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Route 66: Catering Road Trip | Inspire, Educate, Elevate

March 11, 2019
8:30 AM CDT - 5:00 PM CDT
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Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403



The 2019 Twin Cities - NACE Education Conference is full of general session group collaberations, educational breakouts, food and beverage trends, and all things catering! 

Please join us for this day - registration is live and the early-bird rate is a major savings! 


Hilton Minneapolis 

Monday, March 11

Registration Opens @ 8:30 AM 

Silent Auction

General Session | Opening Keynote | Kristen Brown


As a smart and successful business person, you know how hard it can be to juggle everything on your plate without losing your mind. But what if you could leave here with proven ways to skyrocket your work success even when you’re super-busy?

You’re in luck because today Kristen Brown is here to help you do just that.

She’s an international keynote speaker and author who drives growth at organizations like Rodan & Fields, Women Presidents Organization, General Mills, Boston Scientific, Cargill, Minnesota Vikings, PCMA Convening Leaders, national associations, and many more. Her programs are for organizations who want to develop high-performing teams, win-win leaders, and top-notch salespeople.

Recently named a top 20 trailblazer in the industry by Meetings Today Magazine, she uses her Master’s education and 15-years of corporate leadership and sales experience working with some of the world’s biggest brands to bring real insights, entertaining stories, and actionable results to the audiences she serves.

Kristen has been featured in the national media sharing insights from her bestselling books and research including Live with Kelly, Forbes, CNN, Working Mother, Psychology Today, and many more.

Kristen’s biggest faults - she’s occasionally a know-it-all and sometimes a bit of a workaholic. Her biggest loves - movies, summer, bacon, reading, naps, and most of all, her daughter, Brooke.

Lunch General Session | The Wedding Guys | Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar


The Wedding Guys - Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar proudly present the evolution of Pantone Color of The Year.  Known for their authentic design in pushing wedding trend into the wedding industry around the globe, they demonstrate their tricks of the trade incorporating the infamous Living Coral in many design activations.

  •  How does the color of the year is selected 
  • Showing how to use the color is overall event design
  • How to use in lighting 
  • How to thread from initial design to decor and yes - food + beverage 
  • How to incorporate into print + marketing 
  • Where you see inspiration for color 
  • How couples engage color of the year for their wedding
  • How much should companies invest in the color 


About The Wedding Guys®
The Wedding Guys are visionaries spotting trends across the globe, and envisioning how those trends could translate to weddings.  They provide a glimpse of what's possible in the future of the wedding industry.  Considered the premier wedding event producers in the country They are recipients of Seven ILEA Esprit award for ‘Best Wedding’ for their Signature Weddings division for select clients; 'Best Public Event' for their authentic luxury brand bridal show The Unveiled Wedding Event and Best Marketing Design for their Expo Style - Twin Cities Bridal Show.  They are also twelve-time award winners by Bridal Show Producers International.  And this year they have written the sixth edition of their annual publication, The Wedding Trend Look Book.  The Wedding Guys® have made special guest appearances on numerous media outlets such as FOX & Friends in London during the 2011 Royal Wedding, numerous reality TV shows and co-produced two seasons of Randy To The Rescue with Randy Fenoli from “Say Yes To The Dress”.  They speak world-wide including the National Association for Catering & Events - Experience Conference, CaterSource, The Special Event, Love Mexico and the International Congress on Weddings and Special Events.  Their work has been featured in Inside Weddings, Grace Ormonde, Special Events, Rental Management Magazine, Catering Magazine, CaterSource Magazine, Florist Review and Event Solutions.

Afternoon General Session | Brian Glockzin |Briding the Gap: Evaluating the Disconnect Between Beverage and Catering


Key Topics

What it takes to have and maintain a great beverage program.                

Why having an empathetic approach to the Beverage Director will help with success.

Keeping up with beverage trends and how Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z are changing them.

If food and beverage trends never stop, neither should your training.

Bar Management – Who’s in charge?

Complimentary Wine Tasting

What is SOMM-SULT?

SOMM-SULT is a beverage consulting firm started by Certified Sommelier, Brian Glockzin. SOMM-SULT is there to help enhance beverage programs with an empathetic, holistic approach to each client. Restaurants, hotels and clubs are often distracted by maintaining the day-to-day operations and understandably beverage programs are sometimes an afterthought. SOMM-SULT focuses on the beverage programs and applies years of knowledge and new trends into stylish beverage programs.

Who is Brian Glockzin?

Brian has worked in food and beverage for over 15 years. Starting in restaurants, Brian made a transition into working as a Food and Beverage Director at various private country clubs in Minneapolis and Chicago.

In 2013, Brian attended a class through the International Sommelier Guild and successfully passed Wine Fundamentals 1 & 2 through the Guild. This ignited a passion for wine and inspired a desire to further his education. Brian became a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommelier’s in 2015 and attended the Advanced Course in 2018. Brian plans to sit the Advance exam in 2020 and be one of the few to obtain the Advanced pin in Minnesota.

Education Sessions Preview:

General Sessions


Opening Morning Keynote - The Happy Hour Effect - 5 Power shots for Growth

Kristen Brown, Kristen Brown Presents

Lunch Education Keynote- Pantone Colors of the Years - What’s Your Favorite Color?

Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar, The Wedding Guys

Afternoon Beverage Keynote—Bridging the Gap: Evaluating the disconnect between beverage and catering

Brian Glockzin, Certified Sommelier, Owner of SOMM—SULT

Breakout Sessions


"There's Protein in That?" A Guide to Plant Based Proteins

Collin Sandoe, Herbivorous Butcher

"Sparking Joy & Consistency" SOP's & Process Management for Event Professionals

Jackie Kaelble, Weddings at the Broz

"March of the Penguins" Plated Meal Service for Tight


Chaz Tichy, A’Britin Catering

"Nose to Tail" Sustainable Cooking Best Practices for Catering Professionals

Roberto Morua, Apple 2 Apples Catering

The Spectrum of Awesome - Super Tools to Power Up Your Personal Brand

Kristen Brown, Kristen Brown Presents

“AV for Dummies” An audio visual guide to understand what your clients are talking about.

Kirk Hoslin, Imagine Lights

“Ordinary to Extraordinary”  Defining the Art of a Non-Profit Gala Event.

Expert Planning Panel

Picnics to Full Service: Offsite Catering Success

Julie Teran, CRAVE Catering and Suzie Shands, Mintahoe Catering

High Performance: The process of setting goals and reaching them

Carrie Mabery, Loews Minneapolis Hotel



Thank you to our creative partners and sponsors:


Please Note:
Cancellation/No-Show Policy:  Cancellations received five business days prior to the event are refunded the registration fee.  No refunds will be issued for
cancellations recieved five business days prior to the event.  No-Shows will be invoiced for any unpaid registration fees. 
We enforce this policy in respect to our guaranteed counts to our sponsors, vendors and venues.  


Mailing Address 
TwinCities NACE
100 South 1st Street
P.O. Box 580365
Minneapolis, MN 55401


$145.00 Association Member (same company)
$165.00 after 05:00 pm March 4
$135.00 Earlybird rate before February 20

$160.00 Guest Ticket
$180.00 after 5:00 pm March 4
$150.00 Earlybird rate before February 19

$135.00 Member Ticket
$155.00 after 05:00 pm March 4
$125.00 Earlybird rate before February 20

$90.00 Student Ticket
$110.00 after 5:00 pm March 4

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