ACE Awards

ACE & Spotlight Awards

Together At Last!

Much like the joining of Catersource and Event Solutions, the ACE and Spotlight Awards are now happily coupled into the new Achievement in Catering & Events Awards (ACE)! Heading to New Orleans in March 2017, our annual awards show, also including the ICA CATIE awards, will close Catersource 2017 with a fabulous presentation that will honor those who have worked tirelessly to keep their clients thrilled and their companies on the cutting edge.

New rules and an easy application process will allow companies to truly express their quality of work and business aesthetic, as well as highlight challenges and joys. Learn about the new entry process below and enter your team today! Entries close on January 11 with finalists announced on February 6.

 

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Entry Process

Entry Categories

The ACE Awards are broken down into the three regional categories and each region is further broken down by annual company revenue of either over $2 million or below $2 million.

Catering*Events*
East
A. Revenue above $2 million
B. Revenue below $2 million
East
A. Revenue above $2 million
B. Revenue below $2 million
West
A. Revenue above $2 million
B. Revenue below $2 million
West
A. Revenue above $2 million
B. Revenue below $2 million
International
A. Revenue above $2 million
B. Revenue below $2 million
International
A. Revenue above $2 million
B. Revenue below $2 million

*Selection based on classification of the business or division entering the awards.

Entry Requirements

To begin the entry process, you will select your associated category and then choose 2 of your best events that occurred between November 1st, 2015 and January 11th, 2017 that represent your brand aesthetic and quality. To complete the entry, you will answer the following questions for each event in approximately 250 words.

  1. Why did you choose this event as a representative of your company?
  2. What challenges did you face executing this event?
  3. Choose at least 2 of your favorite aspects of this event and talk about them.
  4. Tell us why you believe your company to be unique and worthy of this award.
  5. Furthermore, submit no less than 5 images that best represent your participation in each event.

Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to provide corresponding documentation (menus, floorplans, etc) to clarify any aspect of your entry, as well as any additional photos you would like to submit for potential use in Catersource materials.

Important Dates

Add these dates to your calendar to ensure timely submission.

November 1 - December 31 - Entry submissions are FREE!

January 1 - 11 - $20 submission fee required

January 11 - Entries Close

February 6 - Finalists Announced

March 15 - Winners Announced at the 2017 Industry Awards Celebration

Regional Breakdown:

EastWestInternational
includes Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsinincludes Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming and WashingtonAny region outside of the United States

2016 ACE Award Winners

East $2 million +
Forte Belanger
West $2 million +
Footers Catering
International $2 million +
By Word of Mouth
East up to $2 million
JPC Event Group
West up to $2 million
Catering with a Twist