June Meeting - Bernadette Smith of 14stories.com & Gay Institute


June 21, 2016
5:30 PM CDT - 8:30 PM CDT
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Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront
4700 N. Port Washington Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53212



The National Association of Catering and Events - Southern Wisconsin Chapter, in partnership with the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, invite you to the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront on Tuesday, June 21st for a special presentation by Bernadette Smith of 14stories.com and the Gay Institute.

Bernadette Smith’s life work is to integrate the global wedding industry to be fully inclusive of all couples, including LGBT couples. She is founder and president of 14 Stories and the Gay Wedding Institute and the nation’s leading same-sex wedding expert.

In 2004, when the marriage equality came to Massachusetts, Bernadette created a wedding planning company for engaged same-sex couples looking to navigate the traditional wedding industry. Bernadette and her team have produced hundreds of gay and lesbian weddings since then, working with couples from nearly every state and around the world. 14 Stories has planned more legal LGBT weddings than anyone else in the country — and was the first business to do so.

Bernadette is an experienced facilitator known for her candid, practical approach who has trained thousands of wedding and hospitality professionals on the nuances of LGBT weddings. The Gay Wedding Institute Certification course she created has graduated more than 800 students from 16 countries. She is the award-winning author of three books on same-sex weddings, including the new book, The Business of Gay Weddings: A Guide for Wedding Professionals.   

Bernadette’s expertise has been sought after by the Today Show, BBC, the New York Times, National Public Radio, among many others.

The Venue:

Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront

Our Milwaukee Riverfront hotel offers 8,000 sq. ft. of newly renovated meeting and event spaces to accommodate groups from 4 to 400! Whether you need accommodations for a meeting, banquet or holiday party, you will find everything you need at the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront Hotel including state-of-art A/V equipment. Our business-savvy hotel staff is skilled at planning and organizing so you can host a stress-free meeting or event.





















Ahi Poke; Marinated & diced raw Ahi Tuna tossed in a sesame ginger sauce, served atop a crispy wonton shell

Caprese Lollipops; Skewers of alternating grape tomato, baby mozzarella balls, and basil leaf with a balsamic reduction drizzle

Spicy Chicken Canapes


Wild Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons, Shaved Parmesan, and served with Lemon Vinaigrette

6oz. Filet with a White Truffle Oil and Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms with Jumbo Prawns sauteed in Garlic & Olive Oil. Served with Fresh Grilled Asparagus & Shredded Carrot Accents and Herb Roasted Red Potatoes. 

Southern Wisconsin NACE 2015/2016 Charity Partner:

With a mission to build a strong community by strengthening individuals, families, and the neighborhood, Neighborhood House has been on the front lines in the fight against inner-city poverty in Milwaukee for 70 years.

Founded in 1945 as a safe and nurturing place for urban youth, families and seniors, Neighborhood House has grown into a modern, 60,000 square-foot facility that has served more than a third million children and adults. Today NH serves over 4,000 people annually and provides accredited preschools, programs for kids, teens, and families.

Neighborhood House serves families from its main facility on Milwaukee’s west side, and its 93-acre Nature Center in Dodge County.  While our traditional service area is bounded by 35th Street on the west, 20th Street on the east, Cherry Street on the north, and Wisconsin Avenue on the south, many families come to our locations from other parts of the metro area.  The central city neighborhoods we serve include all or parts of Concordia, Avenues West, Merrill Park, Cold Spring Park, and Midtown.  Our west side locations include Neighborhood House itself at 2819 N. Richardson Place, our International Learning Center at 639 N. 25th Street, and our Community Learning Center in Story School at 3815 W. Kilbourn Avenue.  

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$45.00 Member Ticket
$55.00 after 5:00 pm June 15

$45.00 Sponsored Non-Member or Spouse
$55.00 after 5:00 pm June 15

$65.00 Guest Ticket
$75.00 after 5:00 pm June 15

$5.00 Raffle Ticket- 3

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