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Catersource 2019 ACE Award Winners

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.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Lee Epting

Epting Events, Catering & Design

Chef of the Year: Marissa Delgado

Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering

Regional Breakdown


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


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


Any region outside of the United States

Catering - East Region Winner Above 2M

Blue Plate Catering

Catering - West Region Winner Above 2M

24 Carrots Catering & Events

Catering - East Region Winner Below 2M

Empyrean Events & Catering

Catering - West Region Winner Below 2M

Curtis Stone Events

Catering International Winner

Cocktails & Canapes Catering & Events

Events International Winner

Fifth Element Group

Events - East Region Winner Above 2M

BOLD Catering & Design

Events - West Region Winner Above 2M


Events - East Region Winner Below 2M

Jaclyn Watson Events

Events - West Region Winner Below 2M

Kristin Banta Events

Entry Categories

The ACE Awards were broken down into three regional categories. The West and East regions were further broken down by annual company revenue of either over $2 million or below $2 million.


A. Revenue above $2 million
B. Revenue below $2 million


A. Revenue above $2 million
B. Revenue below $2 million


A. Revenue above $2 million
B. Revenue below $2 million


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 enter, applicants select their associated category and then chose 2 of their best events that occurred between November 1, 2018 and November 1, 2019 that represented their brand aesthetic and quality. To complete the entry, applicants 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, they also have the opportunity to provide corresponding documentation (menus, floorplans, etc) to clarify any aspect of their entry. Any previously entered photographs are deemed ineligible.