Catersource and the International Caterers Association (ICA) are honored to welcome you to the Art of Catering Food, a boutique culinary event that is designed specifically with the needs of the catering chef at the forefront.

Taught by chefs for chefs, this program will expand your understanding of today’s trends and techniques used by successful chefs throughout the industry via culinary-intensive sessions and demos.

AOCF gives you an opportunity to expand your own culinary offerings through a selective conference program that includes three days of designated education sessions, Sunday/Monday AOCF-only lunches, and opportunities to sample food items from the sessions. Plus, you'll gain access to other Catersource networking activities and education, as well as the award-winning Catersource tradeshow floor, offering new ingredients, products, services, and additional education to enhance your kitchen operations.

AOCF sells out fast! Register your interest below so you have a seat at the table when registration opens. 

Education

Chef-to-chef: Duce Raymond of Sweet Baby Ray's Catering discussed the future and evolution of BBQ in one of the 2018 AOCF sessions

The education sessions in the AOCF package, geared most specifically to chefs, cover culinary techniques, trending ingredients, food costing, and making cuisine the focus of any event. As part of this package, you will follow an extensive schedule designed specifically with your BOH operations in mind and gain access to all of the recipes discussed in the sessions. Your R&D is done for the rest of the year!

Samples

Tah Chin: a saffron and chicken rice cake with lebneh and dried barberries was tasted during AOCF 2018

Have you ever watched a chef demo and wished you could taste the finished product? Never fear—we consider tasting an absolute necessity. (Because, come on—you are chefs!) Watch demonstrations by inspiring chefs and taste samples of the memorable items they discuss throughout the program. You’ll gain ideas for new ingredients and flavor combinations, along with creative presentation styles. You will also receive access to the recipes from each presentation so you can take them back to your kitchen and incorporate them into your menu planning.

Networking

Displaying his signature "Fire It Up!" gesture, celebrity chef Eric LeVine posed with a conference attendee

Opportunities to connect with your peers are endless at AOCF. The intimate environment created by this select program will allow you an easier opportunity to meet culinary professionals from markets across the country. Plus, you'll have access to the Catersource Attendee Lounge, Welcome Reception, and other optional activities that are included in Catersource conference programming. Hello!—your AOCF pass just gave you an introduction to thousands of industry professionals.