Celebrate the Success of the Catering & Events Industry

Join the Celebration at the Spark! Awards Gala & After Party

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. Entries closed on November 3 and finalists will be announced during the week of January 1.

Toast to the Success of our Industry!

Purchase Tickets to the Optional Events During the Registration Process

Spark! Awards Gala & After Party

6:30pm - 11:30pm | $199 (Price increases onsite)

The Catersource ACE and ICA CATIE Awards celebration recognizes the best in catering and events. Enjoy cocktails and a scrumptious plated meal during the program, then head to the After Party focusing on celebration, entertainment, dancing, and dessert. Don’t miss this opportunity to toast to the success of our industry and cheer on the winners! Formal attire, a step-and-repeat, and the glamour of an awards ceremony will make this one unforgettable night.


Spark! Awards After Party

9:30pm - 11:30pm | $99 (Price increases onsite)

If you can’t make it to the Spark! Gala but you want to put on your fanciest garments and celebrate with the winners, join us for cocktails, entertainment, dancing, and dessert! The sparkle of the gala will be visible everywhere in this terrific industry networking event.

Learn More About the 2017 Winners

Catering - Below 2 MillionTastebuds Custom Catering
Catering - Above 2 MillionBold American Events
Events - Below 2 MillionJaclyn Watson Events
Events - Above 2 MillionSodexo - Museum of Science & Industry
Catering - Below 2 MillionCartewheels Catering
Catering - Above 2 Million24 Carrots
Events - Below 2 MillionKristin Banta Events
Events - Above 2 MillionA Fare Extraordinaire
Events - Above 2 MillionCocoon Events Management Group

What Does it Take?

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.


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 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.

November 3: Entries Close

Week of January 1: Finalists Announced

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

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