July 2016 Print

President's Report

That's right!

Bocce, Beer and Dirty Rice!
Join NACE on July 26, 2016
at Limonieria Ranch

We're keeping our summer of fun rolling with a memorable night out on the ranch, and we're inviting all of our fellow Ventura County Wedding Professionals to join us.

We have Dirty Rice Performing!!!

Jason Collis with Plated Events is pairing delicious appetizers with amazing beers, compliments of California Beer Festival.  They'll be providing their signature Burt's Honey Ale and several other micro brews. Check their website for upcoming events.

Limoneria Ranch is the back drop for our exciting night, with Bocce Ball courts to foster some healthy competition.

Caribbean Coffee Company will provide some non alcoholic options with their Bona Fide Craft Draft Coffee, and Passion Fruit Mango Iced Tea

Our MC and DJ for the evening is the dynamic Matt Nasby with Bouquet Sound.

Lighting provided by Tim at In The Mix Events

Specialty lounge furniture provided by
Party Pleasers

Event Rentals provided by Heidi at Ventura Rental

The talented Jana from Delicious Artistry will bring some yummy desserts.

Sound stage provided by Hugo Zamora of HZ Main Events.

Let's not forget our July Spotlight NACE Member.

Mike Caputo of Major Events Trailers.

Major Event Trailers deliver high quality, fully functional luxury mobile restroom and portable shower facilities to support and accommodate large events, such as sporting and concert events, festivals, movie production sets, weddings or private VIP parties. Our knowledgeable team will review logistics for proper placement, coordinate delivery schedules and recommend the best deluxe bathroom or mobile shower trailer for your event.

If you missed all the action at Moorpark Country Club for our June Meeting, make sure you check out the photos on our Facebook page.


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Chapter Meetings, RSVP's, Payments

Host Location Member Profile

Your name and title: Jason Collis Chef/Owner

Years of experience: 13 years

Types of events that your location specializes in?  What is unique about your location/services?

Founded in 1893, the Limoneira Company and its Ranches have operated for over 100 years. The unique location of our wedding venues in the midst of operating agricultural ranches make Limoneira a magical setting for any event!

Surrounded by citrus groves and all the natural beauty of the historic valley and distant foothills, you will be swept off your feet!

Charming country elements, vintage flair, and great food prepared by our master chef enhance the allure of this stunning site.

You and your guests will remember dancing under the stars and celebrating your special day at Limoniera Ranch!

Maximum number of guests (or an overview of have many rooms your have available, do you have a ceremony site, etc…)?

We have two sites that we offer at Limoneira , The Citrus Pavilion Ranch office area and North Lawn Bocce Court Area. We can hold up to 3,000 guests on property.

What kind of events does Limoneira Ranch host?

Rehearsal Dinners, Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions, Post-Celebration Brunches, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Bridal Showers, Bridesmaid Luncheons, Family Reunions, Private Parties, Corporate Events, Non-Profit & Fundraising Events.
What is the event capacity (how many people can attend)?
75 minimum - 3,000 maximum. The North Lawn (outdoors):
When is Limoneira Ranch open/available?

Year-round, with April through November the preferred months for outdoor events. Private parties also available through Christmas and holiday season. Monday through Sunday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
What is parking like?

On-site parking is available for maximum 3,000. Additional charges may also apply for parties exceeding 150 guests.
Is on-site catering available?

Given the unique setting of our venues in the midst of operating agricultural ranches, Applicants must utilize Plated Events by Chef Jason, who have experience hosting numerous events on our properties, have access to our indoor and outdoor kitchen facilities, maintain current permits, insurance coverage, and liquor licenses, and will help ensure a satisfactory experience for Applicants and their guests.
What menu options are available?
Lots! Please visit our website!
Do you have a list of preferred vendors?
Yes, please visit our website.
Where can I rent equipment?

Available through Plated Events, Ventura Rentals or outside supplier:

Generators, market umbrellas etc. The following equipment is available for rent through independent Rental Firms: (Preferred Client discounts may be available through Plated Events) Dance Floor, Tents, Tables, Chairs, Cushions, Lighting, Heat Lamps, Outdoor Fireplaces, Portable Bathrooms,  etc.
Should I rent an outdoor tent?

Tenting creates indoor spaces at our outdoor venues. Layouts and rental costs are dependent upon each Event’s site specifications, total number of guests and catering details.
What are the ceremony and reception sites like?

Call today to schedule a Personal Tour! (805) 525-5736.
The North Lawn: Ideal for larger groups, this site is surrounded by lush landscaping, lemon orchards, the sun-baked foothills typical of Southern California, and some ranch buildings built in the 1920s. Tall fir trees provided dramatic backdrops for photos, and shade for afternoon events. Guests are welcome to stroll through the adjacent Specialty Citrus Orchard or championship Bocce Ball courts. Ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinners-all events.
How much does it cost to rent a site?
Contact us for details. The facility is available prior to for preparation, pictures and use of brides room. Certificates of additional insurance are required.
How do I pay?
Deposit Due upon signing $ 500.00. The Remainder Balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event. Refundable Damage Deposit of $500.00 is due 2 weeks prior to the event. Proof of Event Insurance due 2 months before event.
How late can we party?
Our county's NOISE REGULATIONS require us to have all music off by 11:45PM.
Are any discounts available?
*Friday or Sunday weddings will receive a $500 discount.
How can I contact Limoneira Ranch?
Call for our bride-to-be tour today (805)525-5736!
Contact Jason Collis, Wedding Specialist & Catering Manager and Owner of Plated Events by Chef Jason, 1141 Cummings Rd., Santa Paula, CA 93060, (805)525-5736, www.platedevents.com, or email [email protected]

How or why did you get into the catering/special events industry?
Jason Collis is the owner of Plated Events Inc. and past owner of Jonathan’s Inc.

Collis’ major accomplishments include being featured as a top dining destination by Zagat Guide 2008-2011 and winning acclaimed Cioppino contest held at Brander Vineyards in Santa Barbara, launching a catering venture with Limoneira’s agritourism special event division, awarded NACE's President's Award, and earning best martini bar honor the five years in a for his former J’s Tapas bar.

His former Mediterranean influenced restaurant, Jonathan’s at Peirano’s, was listed as a top destination spot in state and national magazines such as Gourmet, Westways & Sunset Magazine.

Collis apprenticed under world-renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck prior to taking ownership of Jonathan’s. He worked at Spago and assisted Puck with special events, cooking more than 1,200 fine dining plates for the famous Governor’s Ball following the Academy Awards, as well as catering large charity events and high-profile weddings.

In addition to his work in the food and beverage industry, Collis served as the Chair of the Downtown Ventura Organization (DVO).

He also currently serves on the Ventura County and Santa Barbara County National Association of Catering and Events board, VC Unified School District Culinary Arts ROP advisory board.

Collis also serves on the Holy Cross Consultative School Board and The VC Workforce Investment Board. Collis donates his time for quarterly charity events, including the Special Olympics, Casa Pacifica, Seeds for tomorrow project, FoodShare, La Reina Middle School and High School, Holy Cross School, Totally Local VC, Cal State Channel Islands University, Community Memorial Hospital, SEE-AG Education, Charity Bocce Ball Festival for Ventura County Sheriff Foundation and now Casa Pacifica Centers for children and families, Easter Seals.

It all started with Hurricane Katrina Benefit where he and other Ventura area chefs raised more than $20,000.
Collis earned his culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, Calif., one of only 12 facilities world-wide. He currently resides in North Oxnard, Calif.

What do you love about your job?
Being able to help create memorable life events for our clients that they and their guests will remember and cherish for generations to come. It doesn’t feel like work to me it feels like my mission in life!


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NACE Newsletter Submissions

Congratulations Ventura NACE!

Several of your members and your Chapter President are at the National Conference in Florida right now, learning, and having fun, and we just won a "Membership Retention Award" for chapters with less than 100 members!

They'll be bringing back and sharing their knowledge at a future meeting.  In the meantime, please follow along at:


Make it a great week,

Matt Graumann - Newsletter / Website

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NACE Board

Jason Collis


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Immediate Past President
Rachel Main Holst


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First Vice President

Nicole Peters


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Second Vice President

Cindy Alexander


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Event Professional Representative

Dave Burns
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Board Member At Large

Shanon Rice

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Suzzi Koenig-Brown

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Linda Boysiewick

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Janis Winchester

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