May 2017  

President's Report

It's JUNE! 

It's time for some fun in the sun!  Come join us on a thrilling adventure of rides and water park fun for NACE Industry Professionals at a non-traditional venue on June 20th.   Make sure to note the eariler time!


Next month is EXPERIENCE time!  If you have the time and means to attend this conference, you don't want to miss it.


After submitting four awards to national, which are presented at the conference in July, our next main focus for Tacoma-South Puget Sound NACE is committee development - especially developing our programs committee.


Looking forward to seeing you all on June 20th!


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Chapter Meetings

We're Making a Splash about NACE!

Join us for a Thrilling Adventure of Rides and Slides and Tuesday, June 20th as we have a fun social meeting with dinner catered by Act 3 Catering.

Please note the difference in time: 4PM to 7PM


This Tacoma / South Puget Sound NACE Meeting is for


Yes, we get to enjoy the theme and water park rides! Your VIP ticket includes admission to the park and complimentary parking.


 Timeline for the evening:

Guests Arrive/Networking/Bar Opens/Passed Appetizers  4:00 PM
  • Beer & Wine
  • (2 Drink Tickets Each)
Dinner Buffet Served                                                               4:45 PM
WILD WAVES - FUN                                                                 6:00 PM
(Go Ride the Rides and Enjoy the Park!)
Guests Vacate/Park Closing Time                                         7:00 PM 

Our Venue: Wild Waves Theme and Water Park

Washington's only Amusement and Water Park


4 reasons to hold your company event at Wild Waves Theme Park:

  1. 3 DIFFERENT PACKAGES TO CHOOSE FROM -  All Inclusive Catered Outing, Fun Day Group Outing and Discounted Ticket Packages
  2. ASSIGNED EVENT COORDINATOR – We organize and coordinate your event from start to finish
  3. FUN FOR ALL AGES – Enjoy all 70 acres of the park , packed with amusement rides, attractions, and water slides

All catered outing packages include your admission ticket to a full day of fun at Wild Waves Theme Park, a fully catered meal served for two hours, and exclusive use of your own covered pavilion in the Cascades Picnic Grove for less than a single day admission ticket.  Select from a buffet-style meal with a variety of choices to suit your group’s taste and budget – BBQ chicken, pork ribs, hot dogs, taco bar, potato salad, corn bread, and more catered just for your group.  Catered Outings must meet the minimum of 100 attendees.  The park has the ideal facilities for groups of 100 to 5,000. We do all the work while you have all the fun, from setup to clean-up, that’s our job!                                




Our Caterer: ACT 3 Catering

ACT 3 Catering has been serving the Puget Sound region since 1984. We are a family owned and operated business. We welcome you to share our passion for great tasting food at an affordable price.

ACT 3 Catering has a complete team of enthusiastic and hardworking professionals who work together to create and deliver a memorable food experience with excellent service to all.

Our Photography Sponsor: Rachelle Erickson Photography, Rachelle Erickson

2015 Best of Weddings WINNER!

My illustrative style of photography reflects my artistic eye and lends a fresh, modern spin on traditional photography. Telling your story is "my" passion. Simply put, I capture all the love, laughter, tears, family and friends of your special day. The quality that makes your wedding day priceless!

Wedding & Engagement Lifestyle Photographer

Telling your story from start to finish is our passion! We capture all of the love, laughter, tears, family, and friends of your WEDDING DAY! With over 20+ years of experience, we will capture the emotions, surprises, and magic of one of the most significant days of your life. We are dedicated to tell your story that covers everything from the key moments to the amazing details that you will cherish forever.


Fresh Rustic Tomato Bruschetta

Signature Baby Back Ribs

Smoked Baby Back Ribs glazed with barbecue sauce

Barbecue Chicken

Whole Bone-In Chicken — fire grilled

and glazed with barbecue sauce

Fingerling Potatoes

Corn on the Cobb

Watermelon Wedge

Honey Glazed Rolls and Cornbread Muffins with Butter

Fresh Garden Salad

Served with Assorted Dressings


 Bottled Beer

  •  Coors Light
  •  Redhook ESB

Red Wine

  •  Cabernet Sauvignon
  •  Merlot

White Wine

  •  Chardonnay
  •  Pinot Grigio

Our Photobooth Sponsor: 1000 Words Events, Mike Abella


We can all agree that photo booths are a lot of fun. We can also agree that a 1968 VW van is fun too. So, we've combined the two and created a SUPER FUN mobile photo booth! It's the first of its kind in Washington State and now you can rent it for your next event. Just like our regular photo booths, the photo van will keep your guests entertained for hours. Guests can choose from a selection of props, climb in and sit in the back seat. Up to 10 people can pile in and strike a pose. Once inside, take your own photos using our proprietary Trigger Happy shutter release system. A few seconds later they will have their very own photo strip to commemorate the event. It's perfect for company picnics, outdoor weddings, or any place we can drive up and park! 


Moondoggy is a 1968 VW bay window van. He has spent his last 46 years living the life in California in search of the perfect wave. Moondoggy was lovingly cared for by his previous owner and it shows. He still sports most of his original interior with a few minor upgrades, particularly the LED lit hardwood floor and shiny red exterior. He's always the life of the party, surprising guests with his unique photo booth setup and making everyone feel welcome inside his comfortable interior. Wherever Moondoggy goes he brings smiles to peoples faces, and now those expressions can be captured with his very own photo booth!

Our Sound/Music/Lighting Sponsor: Absolute Music, David Sader

For more than 20 years, David has been creating the sounds that help set the mood in everything from intimate rooms to massive resorts. His clients include Ralph Lauren, Coach, Tommy Bahama and The Wynn Resorts...and of course hundreds of happy couples. 


We give you tools to plan your day and create a request list.


It's easy and fun. Just log on when you have the time!

Our approach is to learn about your musical tastes and then create a mix that makes your guests comfortable & happy, using the right music, played at the right time. When people are happy, they have fun!

Dessert (ice cream): Sub ZERO

Washington’s first Sub Zero ice cream shop opens this week in Federal Way, and owner Jack Walsh promises a treat for eyes as well as mouths.

Each ice cream dish is made to order and flash frozen with liquid nitrogen — bringing temperatures to 321 degrees below zero and creating a science-lab scene as a white cloud bubbles over the bowl. The sweet concoction turns from liquid to frozen ice cream in about 15 seconds. Customers can choose from an array of flavors and “mix-ins.”

Dessert (petit fours): Celebrity Cake Studio

Celebrity Cake Studio is a boutique cake shop that specializes in artistically designed wedding and occasion cakes. It is family owned and operated by Odette and David D’Aniello and Mary Ann and Lance Quitugua along with cousin Wallace Bolo, the “Baker Supreme.”

Celebrity Cake Studio has customers raving about its delicious made-from-scratch products, attentive customer service and beautifully designed made-to-order cakes. It is now the most highly recommended cake shop in South Puget Sound and has recently been voted Best Cakes in Western Washington.

 Our Linen Sponsor: Alexander Party Rentals


Family owned and operated, Alexander Party Rentals has provided the Puget Sound Region with quality and affordable event rental equipment since 1991. Recently in our second generation of ownership, we are proud to be one of the fastest growing companies in the industry, sporting some of the youngest equipment and newest products.


We offer a huge range of equipment from engineered tents and staging down to basic table settings and linens. We work with all manner of organizations and individuals to plan events large and small, from the annual corporate party to an intimate backyard wedding. We pride ourselves on our award winning customer service and are happy to apply our expertise and knowledge to all aspects of an event – not just to our equipment!


Give us a call today and experience the APR Difference!


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Member Spotlight

Meet Sunshine Dunning

One of our newest Tacoma NACE members is Sunshine Dunning. She is the chef-owner of Sunshine’s Catering in Port Orchard. Her business has been located there for two years, and previously her business was based in Seattle for seven years.

Sunshine joined Tacoma NACE for two main reasons: To be part of the U.S. food buying club (SB Value) and to network with other people in the field.

“I am working all the times when normal events would be happening, for example, on weekends,” says Sunshine. “At the NACE meetings itt has been invaluable to me to see what other caterers are doing and see how they are designing the rooms.” She enjoys meeting the people she does business with in person instead of by phone.” For example she appreciated meeting the staff from CORT Party Rentals. “I really enjoyed the speakers at the Olympia meeting in May,” explains Sunshine. “Their presentation was very helpful. It opened up another avenue for us to explore.”

“While I had two primary reasons to join NACE, I find that every time I attend a meeting, other things have come up that I’ve found helpful and fantastic,” says Sunshine.

Sunshine’s Catering is also excited about catering dinner for a Tacoma NACE meeting in the next few months.


Sunshine Catering specialties

“We specialize in artisanal meals,” explains Sunshine. “We work with as many local farmers as we can on the Kitsap Peninsula, near our kitchen. We get all of our fish from Port Townsend, so the fish is coming out of the water 24 hours before we use it.” They shop at local farmers markets for foods as well.

“We have one of the only chef-owned businesses in the state,” says Sunshine. With two chefs working at Sunshine’s Catering, she says, “My chef, Patrick, and I are both classically trained chefs. We bring restaurant quality food to events.”

Their geographic territory is to provide catering to customers from Port Angeles to Olympia. Most of their business is catering for wedding receptions, and the remaining part of their catering is for events, private parties, and corporate events. They will provide what level of service their client wants from drop-off meals in “chic but disposable pans” to full-service catering with servers.

“We tend to hang on to clients,” says Sunshine. Sunshine’s Catering receives a lot of repeat business, which they greatly appreciate.

Sunshine Catering is in the process of rebranding their identity, so a new URL will be online in June. For now, use the existing website and it will redirect you to the new website when it’s online.

When working with clients, Sunshine appreciates working via email for the first couple of contacts, so she can get the particulars, then respond with a rough estimate via email. Once the client has the estimate, they may schedule a phone conversation to discuss the details.

To learn more about Sunshine’s Catering or to place an order, contact Sunshine at A new URL will be announced in June, but this website will redirect. Phone: 360-519-3322


Written by Paula R. Lowe, public relations chair, Tacoma NACE Chapter. Paula is the publisher of South Sound Wedding & Event magazine.

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