Meeting/Event Information

Viva NACE Vegas: Best of 2017 Awards Gala

February 13, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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JB Duke Hotel
230 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Come celebrate the BEST of the BEST in the catering and events world with a evening inspired by the glittering + glamorous nightlife of Las Vegas. This year's Best of NACE Awards Gala host is the beautiful JB Duke Hotel in Durham. Bring out your sparkles, dress to impress, and take Lady Luck for a whirl in our Vegas-inspired lounge and awards show. We look forward to celebrating your award winning work!

2017 Best of NACE Awards Gala Ticket Options:

Individual Member and Non-Member Tickets  |  $60 per guest

SOLD OUT!  Corporate Sponsor VIP Seating  |  $150 for 2 guests - includes (1) Bottle of Bubbly at your table courtesy of The University Club with Corporate Branding at your table and during the Gala. Members and Non-Members may purchase up to 10 VIP seats per table. For more questions regarding this year's VIP Seating arrangements, please contact Jessica Lee at





Our gracious Host Venue is the beautiful JB Duke in Durham. They're preparing a sumptuous menu that will have all of us feeling like HIGH ROLLERS!


Passed Hors D'oeuvres:

Oysters Bienville (Baked Oysters with Mushrooms, Cream, Bread Crumbs, Parmesan & Sherry)

Deviled Eggs with Paddlefish Caviar

Cherry Tomatoes Filled with Eggplant Hummus & Pomegranate


First Course:

Pork Belly "BLT" on Brioche

(Vegetarian Option - Grilled Portobello "PLT" on Brioche)



Roasted NY Strip Loin, Grilled Prawn, Squash & Tomato Tian, "Snake Eye" Russets, Chimichurri

(Vegetarian Option - Desert Sage Vegetable & Stone Ground White Grits with Grilled Broccolini, Kabocha Squash, Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic, Peppedew Peppers)



Chocolate Croquentine

The JB Duke has invited guests to TAKE THE ELEVATOR HOME. After a night of revelry at the Gala, please consider staying overnight at the JB Duke at the discounted room rate of $139. Please mention the NACE Gala when making your reservations at the JB Duke.





Venue/Catering: JB Duke Hotel

Planner: C and D Events

Gaming Tables: RSVP Events

Florals/Design: Fresh Affairs

Rentals: American Party Rentals

Linens: Party Tables

Entertainment: Elevate

DJ/Emcee: Bunn DJ Company

AV/Production: SPIN

Photography: Red Bridge Photography

Staging: Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Logo Design: Twin Dog Design

Photo Booth: TapSnap 1205

VIP Bottles: University Club


$60.00 Member Ticket
$80.00 after 11:45 pm February 9

$60.00 Non-Member Ticket
$80.00 after 11:45 pm February 9