Connect with Industry Peers & See Trends in Action

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. 


Spread Joy

3:00pm - 3:30pm | Free

Share kindness and business advice during this networking activity at Catersource! By engaging in this fun activity, you'll get to know other conference attendees while making a positive difference in their conference experience. Join your peers during this 30 minute break and spread joy in order to make new connections. 

Wine'd Up Mix & Mingle

6:15pm - 7:30pm | Free

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


Attitude of Gratitude

2:45pm - 3:15pm | Free

Did someone teach you something new, help you find a class or just show a little extra warmth to you on your first day of the conference? A little bit of gratitude goes a long way! Spend 30 minutes with an attitude of gratitude. 

Spark! Awards Gala & After Party

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

The Catersource ACE and ICA CATIE Awards celebration recognizes the best in catering and events. Enjoy cocktails and a scrumptious plated meal during the program, then head to the After Party focusing on celebration, entertainment, dancing, and dessert. Don’t miss this opportunity to toast to the success of our industry and cheer on the winners! Formal attire, a step-and-repeat, and the glamour of an awards ceremony will make this one unforgettable night.

Spark! Awards After Party

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

If you can’t make it to the Spark! Gala but you want to put on your fanciest garments and celebrate with the winners, join us for cocktails, entertainment, dancing, and dessert! The sparkle of the gala will be visible everywhere in this terrific industry networking event.

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

11:45am-1:30pm | $79

Go behind the scenes of “The Joe Show” as he takes you on his “inspiration to event” journey via a physical and video show-and-tell unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Take his catering and event ideas, tweak them for your own purposes, and watch your profitability soar! For those attendees looking for new inspiration, you won’t want to miss this session. Lunch is included, and begins toward the end of Joe’s presentation.

Lunch & Learn 2: Culinary Conversation

11:45am - 1:30pm | $79

Spirited conversation is the hallmark of any great meal. Join your culinary peers in this moderated learning luncheon, in which topics and ideas will flow along with your trend-forward meal. Get to know your tablemates and walk away with new ideas, inspiration—and friends. 


Diced Competition

11:00am - 1:00pm | Free

Armed with a mystery basket of ingredients, six creative and highly skilled chef teams will face off in a culinary competition not to be missed! Assigned a specific dish, each team has 30 minutes to complete their dish and submit for judging. Taste some of the “mystery” ingredients as the chefs work their magic, and then celebrate the winner! The plates will be available for photographing after the competition. 

Tradeshow Happy Hour

4:00pm - 5:00pm | Free

Wind down after a busy day on the tradeshow floor! Sip beverages and mingle with other Catersource attendees and exhibitors. Also, stop by the tradeshow attendee lounge to meet the Catersource team. We can't wait to meet you!

Discount Cocktails at Caesar's Vista Lounge

9:30 - 10:30pm | Must Wear Catersource Badge for Discounts

Free Access to Omnia Night Club

10:30pm | Must Wear Catersource Badge for Free Entry


Beyond the Plate Contest

9:30am - 11:30am | Free

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

Catersource Swizzle

1:30pm - 2:45pm | Free

Who can put together the best “bar program” in this fast and fun cocktail competition? Cheer on your favorite caterer/bartender! Best of all, recipes and some tastes will be provided for those attending and cheering on the competitors. Take these recipes back to your city and wow your clients—your cocktail program R&D is done for the year!

Find My Favorite Things

10:00am - 1:00pm | Free

We’re excited to launch Find My Favorite Things this year, a spinoff of the fan-favorite My Favorite Things from the previous two years. In this new immersive shopping experience, participants are led by a Catersource Ambassador on a curated tour through the tradeshow based on their area of interest. Each participant will receive exclusive demonstrations and deluxe product samples along the way. Sign up and learn more at the Information & Insights desk at Catersource 2018 to participate. Space is limited on a first come, first served basis. 

Wild Wednesday

9:30am - 3:00pm | Free

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.