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Take a Look at Previous Catersource Events

Purchase tickets to the paid events during the registration process to enhance your Catersource experience. The priced events are included in the Catersource Connect Package, including your choice of one of the Monday lunch options. Stay tuned for details on Catersource 2019 events and networking opportunities!


Spread Joy

3:00pm - 3:30pm | Free | Palace III | Caesars Palace

Attendees shared kindness and business advice during this networking activity at Catersource! By engaging in this fun activity, they got to know other conference attendees while making a positive difference in their conference experience.

Wine'd Up Mix & Mingle

6:15pm - 7:30pm | Free | Palace IIB & III | Caesars Palace

In honor of National Drink Wine Day, we kicked off the 2018 conference with a casual reception at Caesars Palace! Catering and event superstars mingled and enjoyed wine pairings in this relaxed environment, with some Catersource networking surprises added to the event.


Attitude of Gratitude

2:45pm - 3:15pm | Free | Palace III | Caesars Palace

A little bit of gratitude goes a long way! Attendees spent 30 minutes with an attitude of gratitude for those who taught them something new, helped them find a class or just showed a little extra warmth to them on the first day of the conference.

Spark! Awards Gala & After Party

6:30pm - 11:30pm | $209 | Augustus Ballroom V | Caesars Palace

The Catersource ACE and ICA CATIE Awards celebration recognizes the best in catering and events. Attendees enjoyed a sit-down dinner and full award program. Following the gala, they headed to the "Speak Hard Speak Easy" after party. 

Spark! Awards After Party

9:30pm - 11:30pm | $109 | Augustus Ballroom V | Caesars Palace

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

Lunch & Learn 1: The Joe Mineo "Take & Tweak" Experience

11:45am-1:30pm | $79 | Augustus Ballroom V | Caesars Palace

Attendees went behind the scenes of “The Joe Show” as he took them on his “inspiration to event” journey via a physical and video show-and-tell. Attendees can take his catering and event ideas, tweak them for their own purposes and watch their profitability soar!

Lunch & Learn 2: Culinary Conversation

11:45am - 1:30pm | $79 | Palace I & IIA | Caesars Palace

Spirited conversation is the hallmark of any great meal. Culinary peers attended this moderated learning luncheon, in which topics and ideas flowed along with their trend-forward meal. They got to know their tablemates and walked away with new ideas, inspiration—and friends. 


Diced Competition

11:00am - 1:00pm | Free | Culinary Arena | Tradeshow Floor

Armed with a mystery basket of ingredients, six creative and highly skilled chef teams competed in a culinary competition not to be missed! Assigned a specific dish, each team had 30 minutes to complete their dish and submit for judging.

Tradeshow Happy Hour

4:00pm - 5:00pm | Free | Tradeshow Floor

After a busy day on the tradeshow floor, attendees sipped beverages and mingled with other Catersource attendees and exhibitors.

Happy Hour StationBooth Number
Cort ReCharge StageAttendee Lounge
North American Beverage Company1333
Oregon Fruit Products714
Total Party Planner712

Reverse Happy Hour Mixer at Searsucker

9:30pm - 10:30pm | Free | Searsucker Restaurant Bar | Caesars Palace

Attendees met up with new Catersource friends and enjoyed 2-for-1 well drinks, wine and beer before heading to OMNIA Nightclub for an experience you can only get at Caesars Palace.

OMNIA Nightclub

10:30pm - 1:00am | Must Wear Catersource Badge for Free Entry | OMNIA Nightclub | Caesars Palace

Attendees received Complimentary Entry to the nightclub until 1 AM.


Beyond the Plate Competition

9:30am - 11:30am | Free | Culinary Arena | Tradeshow Floor

In this exciting competition sponsored by Sabert, a three-judge panel selected the winner whose creativity was at the forefront, taking food design to the next level!


Catersource Swizzle

1:30pm - 2:45pm | Free | Culinary Arena | Tradeshow Floor

Who put together the best “bar program” in this fast and fun cocktail competition? Attendees cheered on their favorite caterer/bartender! Best of all, recipes and some tastes were provided for those attending and cheering on the competitors. They could take these recipes back to their city and wow clients—their cocktail program R&D is done for the year!


Find My Favorite Things

10:00am - 1:00pm | Free | Tradeshow Floor

In this new immersive shopping experience, participants were led by a Catersource Ambassador on a curated tour through the tradeshow based on their area of interest. Each participant received exclusive demonstrations and deluxe product samples along the way.

Wild Wednesday

9:30am - 3:00pm | Free | Tradeshow Floor

The tradeshow will be WILD on Wednesday, featuring a new twist on My Favorite Things, big prizes and exhibitor show specials. A taste of the prizes includes one of Erik Wahl’s paintings from the opening session, complimentary passes for Catersource 2019 and much, much more. If you stay at the tradeshow through Wednesday, we’ll even give you a free ride to the airport. Simply reserve your seat for the Red Carpet Departure Airport Shuttle during the registration process.