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The 15th Annual N.I.C.E. Awards is
April 12, 2016
At 19 East!

View 2015 photos here!

2016 Committee Members

Meet the individuals who make the NICE Awards a fantastic event.

Décor

Barb Siska
University of Chicago


Committee Members:
Whitney Taylor – Drape Kings
Char Martin – Yanni Design Studio
Lanie Hartman – BBJ Linens
Sarah Novosad - Chicago History Museum
Mary Bona – Berghoff Catering
Val Braun – Arenas America
Jennifer Kimball – Event Creative
Marketing & Communications

Erica Buss
Tasty Catering


Committee Members:
Rebecca Ickes – Rebecca Marie Photography
Tim Stolkey – Mike Staff Productions (NACE Communications)
Samantha Dockery, Bliss by Sam
Day of & Volunteer Coordinator

Kacie Benjamin
The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms


Committee Members:
Jennifer Weldon – The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms
Courtney Cederholm – Henrici’s Catering
Venue / Food & Beverage

Lisa Bryant
Food for Thought


Committee Members:
Food for Thought Team
Sommer Gay, Horseshoe Casino
Awards

Lisa Bryant & Barb Siska


Committee Members:
Jeff Ware – Catering by Michael’s
Sarah Novosad – Chicago History Museum
Brian Donahoe – 360 Destination
Entertainment & Production

Nicole Fitzpatrick
Berghoff Catering


Committee Members:
Barbara Lee Cohen – PRODUCTIONS USA
Deanne Holmes - Timothy Whaley & Associates
Sponsorship

Sommer Gay
Horseshoe Casino


Committee Members:
Mary Bona – Berghoff Catering

The NICE Awards

The N.I.C.E. Awards were established to recognize Chicago area members of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) and ISES (International Special Events Society) for their accomplishments within the special events industry. The joint awards ceremony celebrates achievements in the areas of event planning, catering, entertainment, creative and support services.

Winners were announced on April 20, 2015 at Embassy Suites O'Hare

Entry Form (PDF)

2016 Event Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the 2016 N.I.C.E. Awards? Please contact the co-chairs to get involved today at niceawards@gmail.com!

2015 Winners

BEST WEDDING
Oliveaire Weddings & Events – “Wedding”

BEST MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
Magnificent Events – “A Night of Legends Casino Event”

BEST FUND-RAISER/NON-PROFIT EVENT
The Meetinghouse Companies Inc – “Wonderland”

BEST INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT
STORM Interactive Entertainment – “Design Spark Chicago”

BEST FAIR/FESTIVAL
Magnificent Events – “Bret Michaels at CD & ME”

BEST THEME DECOR FOR A SOCIAL EVENT
M&M Event Rentals – “InStyle Magazine Mitzvah”

BEST N.I.C.E. TEAM EVENT
AFR Event Furnishings, Kaiser Tiger, Carey Smolensky Productions, Drape Kings, Arena Americas, Food For Thought, Tasty Catering, The Revel Group, Limelight Catering – “Design Spark Chicago”

BEST THEME DECOR FOR A WEDDING
Revel Décor, Inc – “Forest at Dusk Wedding”

BEST GREEN EVENT
Catering by Michaels – “Lollapalooza”

BEST TABLETOP DESIGN
M&M Event Rentals – “Lily’s Pad”

BEST CATERED EVENT, ON PREMISE
Kaiser Tiger – “Wedding”

BEST USE OF PRODUCTION
Carey Smolensky Productions – “Vector Marketing Corporation’s Strategic Leadership Conference”

BEST CATERED EVENT, OFF PREMISE
Food For Thought – “The Container Store Preview Party-South Loop”

BEST USE OF TENTING
Arena Americas – “Chrome at Harley Davidson Museum”

BEST BUFFET PRESENTATION
Food For Thought – “The Container Store Preview Party-Oakbrook”

BEST LOGISTICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Chicago Travel Consultants, Inc. – “VIP Pharmaceutical Convention”

BEST PLATED PRESENTATION
Catering by Michaels – “Urban Fantasy Birthday Party”

BEST USE OF RENTAL EQUIPMENT
M&M Event Rentals – “Pink & Purple Event”

BEST CREATIVE COCKTAIL OR BEVERAGE PRESENTATION
Catering by Michaels – “Galaxy Floats”

NACE RISING STAR
Tim Stolkey, Mike Staff Productions

ISES RISING STAR
Barb Siska, University of Chicago

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sue Waarich, Food Evolution Catering & Events

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