Optional Events

The optional events at the 2017 conference put ideas and trends into action! Add these events to your registration to enhance your CS2017 experience and connect with your peers outside of the classroom. Refer to the Hotel & Travel Information page for bus routes and times for transportation to and from the events.


Sunday Welcome to NOLA Networking Reception

6:00pm - 7:30pm | Free

Kick off the 2017 conference Sunday evening with a casual reception in the Attendee Lounge at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center! Join Catersource and AOCF attendees, speakers, and catering and event superstars in this relaxed environment designed to help you create connections from all around the world.


Creole Luncheon Experience (Sold Out!)

11:30am - 1:45pm | $129

Get a taste of NOLA in this exciting Lunch + Learn-style event! You’ll enjoy a 5-course meal orchestrated by Centerplate chef Stephan Blaser, showcasing the cuisine of our host city while receiving a lively overview of the Big Easy’s history and culture. If you are interested in NOLA culture and cuisine, you really shouldn’t miss this luncheon!

Tour de Lis Monday Night Party

8:00pm - Midnight | $179

We are venturing out of the city for the annual Monday Night Party! Join us at NOLA Motorsports for a night you’ll never forget as the Catering Creations team introduces fresh ideas in presentation, service, and entertainment. Beyond having a terrific time, you will find new ideas to take home to your business and implement for your own clients. See you there!


Wednesday Tech Breakfast with David Adler

8:00am - 10:00am | $79

Rise and shine! Start your day bright and early with an interactive discussion on the latest technologies that can help you succeed in today’s marketplace. This year’s topic is a big one: Virtual Reality, moderated by the one and only David of BizBash.

Industry Awards Celebration

4:30pm - 6:00pm | $59

Join us at the Catersource ACE and ICA CATIE Awards celebration to recognize the best in catering and events. Toast to the success of our industry as you cheer on the winners of Best Plated Menu, Signature Caterer, regional catering excellence, and many more!

This is an optional event and ticket purchase is required.

All Things Corporate Drop Off Catering Workshop

$59 (Included in the Catersource Connect Package)

Don't have time for a full conference but need some targeted education? Sign up for a deep dive into one of the fastest growing catering segments in 2017 and learn how to expand your business into corporate drop off catering. This half day session will be held on Wednesday, March 15 from 8am-12:30pm and is loaded with 4 fantastic sessions. A box lunch will be provided. Afterwards you'll have free acess to the tradeshow following the workshop on Wednesday.