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Fast-Track Your Business Success

Sometimes running a catering, foodservice and events business can seem like an 8 days a week kind of job. Tracking inventory, finding your niche, keeping up with trends, maintaining vendor relations, endless marketing...the list goes on. Especially if you’re relatively new to the industry, it can be a challenge to gain traction. We can empathize! Catersource is a community full of catering and event professionals who have been there, done that, and can help you solidify your success and excel as a business owner.

In an effort to help new catering and event businesses, we launched the Catersource Future Star contest leading up to the Catersource Conference & Tradeshow (Feb 24-27, 2019) that will award a career-changing prize package, valued at over $8,000, to one lucky winner. So, if you have a catering and events business that’s less than 3 years old, we want to hear from you. AND we want to fly you to New Orleans to attend Catersource (on us!), be mentored by the best of the best and return to your business inspired. 

Apply Now! Deadline is January 2!

Presented by USFoods

Details below!

To The Victor Go the Spoils!

The Catersource Future Star Winner Will Receive...

  • VIP Experience at Catersource 2019 for (1) Winner and (1) Guest including Airfare and Hotel
  • All-Access Pass to the Full Catersource Conference & Tradeshow Event including Networking Activities and Events
  • Art of Catering Food Pass (Our Exclusive Education Track Designed by Chefs, for Chefs)
  • 1:1 Mentoring with A-List Mentors 

Did We Mention Bragging Rights?

  • Special Car Service To and From Hotel and Airport
  • Transportation To and From Convention Center
  • Onsite Signage Recognizing Your Accomplishment
  • Red Carpet Treatment at the Famous Spark! Awards Gala and After Party

1:1 Mentoring with These All Stars

Kristin Banta

Kristin Banta is the creative visionary behind Kristin Banta Events, one of the country’s leading event design, planning, and production houses. KBE has been an innovator for over fifteen years, setting the standard for high-end events – exclusive corporate galas, memorable brand activations, hip entertainment industry soirées, society weddings and destination extravaganzas – among a private and corporate clientele who all share a passion for the dramatically different. At the cutting edge of the latest trends in decor, catering and entertainment, KBE takes the client’s vision to an epic new level, orchestrating truly original celebrations.

Dan Berger

Dan Berger is the Founder, VP, and General Manager of the Washington, D.C. based Social Tables. Founded in 2011, Social Tables provides event sales, marketing, and operations software which have enabled over 250,000 planners and 5,000 hotel & venue professionals to execute 4.5 million events. Dan has been recognized as an industry and tech leader by BizBash, Catersource, Washingtonian, MeetingsNet, and other publications. He is the recipient of the Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council and was named one of the most influential leaders in the meetings industry in Successful Meetings for two years in a row. 

Paul Saginaw

Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig joined forces to found Zingerman’s Delicatessen. They opened the doors on March 15, 1982. All they wanted at that time was a great corned beef sandwich and an organization with soul. Zingerman’s started as 1300 square feet of combined restaurant and specialty food retail space, run solely by Paul, Ari and two employees. The Zingerman’s Community of Businesses now has 22 partners, employs over 750 people and generates over $60 million in annual sales from ten separate businesses. Paul believes that he has been successful in spite of the fact that he has limited natural talent and abilities because he has always thought that the only real limits are those of vision. 

Here's How To Enter!

Step 1: 

Email answers to the following questions to [email protected]

  1. What was your inspiration for entering the marketplace?
  2. Where would you like your business to be in five years?
  3. What is the business challenge you hope to solve by winning Future Star?

Step 2:

Post a video on Facebook answering the following questions. Note: Catersource must be tagged and official contest hashtag #futurestar used. Video to be roughly 75 seconds in length. 

  1. When did your business launch?
  2. What is your business?
  3. Why do you need Catersource's help? 

 Apply Today! 

Contest Ends January 2! 


Expand Your Network

Make indispensable connections with 5,400 of the most passionate people in the catering and events industry, including top talent and Spark! Award Winners!

Be More Innovative

Grow your toolkit with fun and enlightening education and competitions showing you the most creative food designs, cocktail R&D programs, decor trends and more.

Increase Your knowledge

Take the business leap you crave through a program that features 100+ sessions with takeaways and strategies on the Art of Catering Food, business operations, design trends, and more.

Revolutionary Products

300+ exhibitors are driving every aspect of the catering and events community forward - see the latest and greatest!

Judging Details

Entrants acknowledge and agree that Catersource and its parents, subsidiaries and affiliates may use the application and/or video (the “Entry(ies)”) as it sees fit and in its sole discretion. Entries must be received by January 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Late entries will not be accepted.

Entries will be judged by Catersource on the following criteria: 

  1. Submission meeting the written and video requirements
  2. Business journey impact (when and why you launched your business) 
  3. Business challenge (scope and back story of challenge)
  4. Detailing what expert help is needed to achieve your goal

On or about January 14, 2019, Catersource will select between four (4) and six (6) entries as finalists. Finalist Entries will be made available to the Catersource audience for them to vote on a winner from among the finalist Entries placed on the Catersource website. 

The winner will be announced on or about February 4, 2019. View full contest details, terms and conditions here

Future Stars Presented in Partnership with US Foods