Celebrate the Success of the Catering & Events Industry

Submit Your Entry & Show Off Your Company's Success!

What trailblazing catering and event concepts did your company unveil this year? Tell us about it!

The Achievement in Catering & Events Awards (ACE) honor those who have worked tirelessly to keep their clients thrilled and their companies on the cutting edge. Each year, caterers and event planners from around the globe submit their best work from the past year in hopes of being recognized as the best in the industry. Our annual awards show, also including the ICA CATIE awards, will head to Las Vegas in February 2018.

The easy application process allows 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 November 3 with finalists announced during the week of January 1.

Entry Process

Entry Categories

The ACE Awards are broken down into the three regional categories. The West and East regions are 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

International

*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 1, 2016 and November 1, 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. Any previously entered photographs will be deemed ineligible. Bonus! Add photos you would like to submit for potential use in Catersource materials.

Important Dates

Add these dates to your calendar to ensure timely submission.

September 11 - October 15: Entry submissions are FREE!

October 16 - November 3: $25 submission fee required

November 3: Entries Close

Week of January 1: Finalists Announced

February 19 - Winners Announced at the Spark! Awards Gala & After Party

Regional Breakdown

East

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, Wisconsin

West

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 Washington

International

Any region outside of the United States

2017 Award Winners