CHICAGO –April 18, 2013—Tasty Catering is proud to announce Director of Key Accounts and Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), Ellen Harte, recently received the NACE ISES Chicago Excellence (NICE) Lifetime Achievement Award for her 18 plus years of work and service in the catering industry.
This twelfth annual NICE Awards commenced on April 2, 2013, at the Marriott on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. “The NICE Lifetime Achievement is the highest honor one can receive, and no one is more deserving of this award than Ellen Harte,” said Tom Walter, CEO, Tasty Catering. “I have watched her personally grow and help to grow Tasty Catering into one of the most recognized corporate catering companies in the Chicagoland area.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by a joint committee of members from the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and the International Special Event Society (ISES), is the highest honor one can receive from the NICE Award committee. “I’m honored and humbled,” said Harte. “I’m where I am today based on a vision Tom Walter had 18 years ago, and with the help of those who have been my mentors and confidantes in the industry. I could not have gotten here without the help of my peers, colleagues, clients, family, and the talented team at Tasty Catering.”
Ellen, who has been with Tasty Catering since 1995, oversees the company’s larger, high-volume clients. She continues to drive company growth by expanding markets, utilizing event planning solutions that positively impact customer satisfaction, employee morale, and bottom line results. Ellen is a member of ISES, NACE, and the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF). She is a NACE Certified Professional Catering Executive (CPCE), speaker at the Catersource National Conference, frequently published in industry media, and recognized with awards for her originality, integration of event elements, quality, attention to detail, and ability to meet objectives.
Ellen’s awards include fourteen previous NICE Awards in a variety of categories received between 2006 and the present. She also served as co-chair for the 2007 NICE Awards. The annual NICE Awards recognize and celebrate achievements of exceptional Chicago-area professionals in different divisions of the event planning, entertainment, catering, creative, and support services. This year’s Awards were sponsored by the Idea Marketing Group. For more information about the awards, please visit www.theniceawards.com.
About Tasty Catering
Tasty Catering is a suburban-Chicago based catering and event planning services company that has been exceeding customers catering needs for more than twenty years. Services span a large variety of events and occasions, from meetings, conferences, employee appreciation events and outdoor picnics to holiday parties, birthdays, milestone celebrations and weddings. Tasty Catering’s many satisfied customers include Abbott, American Airlines, Colgate, CDW, Harris Bank, Mortenson Construction, Navistar, Sherman Hospital and the University of Chicago.
Tasty Catering, 2013 Daily Herald’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Caterer, 2010 Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) award winner, 2010 Governor’s Sustainability award winner, and 2009 Better Business Bureau Torch Award Winner for Marketplace Ethics, is the “go-to” caterer for the Chicago-area. The company is part of the elite group, Leading Caterers in America (LCA), has also received numerous NICE Awards and has been recognized as a 2012 Workforce Chicago Award Winner, 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace, a Crain’s Chicago Business Best Place to Work (2010-2013), a Best Place to Work in Illinois for six consecutive years (2007-2012) and is a Best and Brightest Winning Company (2012, 2010, 2009).
Tasty Catering is part of 80-Nine Holdings, which also includes the following companies: Great Game of Business Chicago, It’s My Company Too!, nuphoriq, That’s Caring, The Thought Board and Touhy Capital.