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The Catersource Future Star Winner Has Been Announced!

Please join us in congratulating our 2019 Catersource Future Star Winner… Alejandro Davila from Bavaru Catering!

Alejandro opened his own catering company in Canada after emigrating from Ecuador and previously living in Argentina. “My inspiration was to be able to share and create new experiences for other people through food and events.“

We are flying Alejandro to New Orleans to receive a VIP experience at Catersource. He will be mentored by some of the best in the industry including Kristin Banta, Dan Berger from Social Tables and Paul Saginaw from Zingerman's! Alejandro will hear from A-List Chef Curtis Stone (and eat his delicious food!), learn from James Beard Award winners and have endless networking opportunities to bring unprecedented knowledge back to his team.

Follow along on Alejandro’s journey with #FutureStar

Future Star Finalists

Mandy Bianchi

"In five years, I'd like Bianchi Productions to be recognized as one of the go-to event design and activation agencies for clients in the entertainment, marketing and high-end social worlds." 

Bianchi Productions 

Alejandro Davila

"I emigrated to Canada 8 years ago from Ecuador and previously lived in Argentina. My inspiration is to be able to share and create new experiences for other people through food and events."

BAVARU Events and Catering

Scott Foertch

"I can say that my "WHY" of bringing creativity and fun continues to morph as the business grows. Our first major purchase was investing in a mobile culinary kitchen so we could add culinary aspects into our design!" 

Ovation Events

Adriana Luevano

"It may sound crazy but I love planning and executing the event and the obstacles at the end of it all. I get this big satisfaction of those are my designs and the client doesn't know I stayed up all night working on this!" 

Floral Wild LLC 

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. 

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.

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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