Celebrate the Success of the Catering & Events Industry

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, took place in Las Vegas on February 19, 2018.

The easy application process allows companies to truly express their quality of work and business aesthetic, as well as highlight challenges and joys. Stay tuned for details on the 2019 award program, and take a look at how we celebrated at Catersource 2018.

Spark! Awards Gala & After Party

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

The Catersource ACE and ICA CATIE Awards celebration recognizes the best in catering and events. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and a scrumptious plated meal during the program, then headed to the After Party focusing on celebration, entertainment, dancing and dessert. Formal attire, a step-and-repeat and the glamour of an awards ceremony made this one unforgettable night.


Spark! Awards After Party

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

Those who couldn't make it to the Spark! Gala but wanted to put on their fanciest garments and celebrate with the winners joined us for cocktails, entertainment, dancing and dessert! The sparkle of the gala was visible everywhere in this terrific industry networking event.

Learn More About the 2018 Finalists

Catering - Below 2 MillionBlue Elephant Events and Catering
Catering - Below 2 MillionJohn Serock Catering
Catering - Below 2 MillionPartyman Catering & Rentals
Catering - Above 2 MillionBlue Plate Catering
Catering - Above 2 MillionConnecticut Wedding Group
Catering - Above 2 MillionHamby Catering
Events - Below 2 MillionJaclyn Watson Events
Events - Below 2 MillionSodexo at Virginia Aquarium
Events - Above 2 MillionSodexo Museum of Science and Industry
Events - Above 2 MillionSodexo Chicago Botanic Garden
Events - Above 2 MillionDetroit Athletic Club
Catering - Below 2 MillionC2 Catering
Catering - Below 2 MillionFeast on This, Inc
Catering - Below 2 MillionSodexo at the Hollywood Bowl
Catering - Above 2 Million24 Carrots
Catering - Above 2 MillionSanta Barbara Catering
Catering - Above 2 MillionThe Wild Thyme Company
Events - Below 2 MillionKristin Banta Events
Events - Below 2 MillionRH Event Group
Events - Below 2 MillionSodexo at Space Center Houston
Events - Above 2 MillionCL22 Productions Inc
Events - Above 2 MillionA Fare Extraordinaire
Events - Above 2 MillionAOO Events
CateringBy Word of Mouth
CateringCocktails & Canapes Catering
CateringZest Cozinha Criativa

What Does it Take?

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 begin the entry process, applicants selected their associated category and then chose 2 of their best events that occurred between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 that represented their brand aesthetic and quality. To complete the entry, applicants answered 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 had the opportunity to provide corresponding documentation (menus, floorplans, etc) to clarify any aspect of their entry. Any previously entered photographs were deemed ineligible.

Important Dates

November 3, 2017: Entries Closed

Week of January 8, 2018: Finalists Announced

February 19, 2018 - Winners Announced at the Spark! Awards Gala & After Party

Stay tuned for 2019 dates!

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