Tuesday 11:00am – 6:00pm
Las Vegas Convention Center
Attend the Tradeshow on Tuesday and Wednesday to see the most comprehensive collection of products and services for the industry. You’ll find new ideas, show specials, special demo stages, drawings and giveaways, and tons of inspiration! Meet with your vendors face-to-face and discover new suppliers who want to do business with you and of course, sample some of the best catering-tailored foods and beverages you won’t find anywhere else.
Many special activity areas will bring added excitement to the Tradeshow floor:
We’ve amped up our traditional tabletop design competition to bring you the Tablescape Contest that will offer new entry categories and more ways to compete and win! David Tutera will return to pick his favorite and personally hand out a special award.
Hundreds of dollars in prizes are up for grabs! Enter the contest today and show off your best ideas for a chance to win.
Big Ticket Raffle
Your chance to win thousands of dollars worth of big ticket prizes on Wednesday! Your favorite prize drawing makes a return to the Tradeshow floor. All Access and Conference & Tradeshow registration packages include an entry into the Big Ticket Raffle.
AFR Design Challenge Stage
Back for the third year, AFR Event Furnishings presents the ever more popular Design Challenge on the Event Solutions Tradeshow floor. The stakes are high as two notable industry designers face off in this year’s Main Event. The 25-minute bout will feature Patrick Peel of Hello! Las Vegas and Eddie Diaz of Encore Creations. With such strong designers in the ring, the Design Challenge promises to be an exciting event. The only question that remains is whether it will be a TKO or a Split Decision. Let the “rivalry” begin!
The Main Event Details:
The starting bell rings Tuesday, March 25th 2014 at 1:30pm. The designers will be presented with a variety of furnishings including the new 2014 Showcase Collections from AFR Event Furnishings along with a variety of décor items provided by sponsors from the tradeshow floor. Both designers will attempt to score a “TKO Design” in one 25-minute bout.
After the match, spectators and tradeshow visitors will have the chance to vote for their favorite design and chat with the designers. The ballots will be tallied at 2:30pm on Wednesday and the Main Event Designer will be announced at 5:30PM during the Conference Closing Session with Peter Callahan.
Get ready for some more sweet surprises as several of the country’s top pastry chefs show off their unique talents in this pastry showcase. You’ll see molded chocolate ideas, decorating demos, sugar techniques and so much more.
Hands-on Demo Arena
Jump right in and experience doing rather than watching. Hands-on demos will make you a part of the action as you learn how to set up plating lines and back of the house areas for parties; how to set a dining room quickly and efficiently with a limited number of staff; design tricks for making templates for menu signs and place cards and more. You’ll team up with others to create a storyboard for a themed event, share ideas for plate garnishes and make stunning, but simple floral arrangements and centerpieces.
If technology is your thing, bring your iPad to the “iPad and Me” session to learn about useful apps, how to take great photos of events and where and how to store the photos for future use. Other sessions include:
• Fun and Effective Team Building Exercises
• Setting the Dining Room Quickly With Consistency and Flair
• The Great Game of Business Mini Workshop
• Flower Power. Learn Design Principles and Make Centerpieces Using Your New Techniques
• Different Strokes for Different Folks. Exploring Seated Dinner Plating Methods
Catering & Events Innovations Stage
Grab a seat and catch content-packed, live demonstrations for new culinary inspirations, design and décor ideas, along with the latest trends in technology innovations. Sample presentations to include:
• Lessons in Lighting
• Raise Your Entertainment IQ. Top Entertainment Acts for Corporate Events
• Pairing Food Stations with Mini Cocktails
• From the Runway to the Table. Fashionable Color and Design Trends for Events
• Sugar Shack: A Collection of Mini Desserts
Show Intel Stage
New this year to the Tradeshow floor, the Show Intel Stage presents education sessions that focus on thought provoking topics important to your success. Learn and be inspired by speakers who have keen insight into how to be successful and profitable. Sample sessions will include:
• Designing and Re-Designing Your Venue
• The Accidental Sales
• Meeting Today’s Business Challenges
• Branding and Client Development
• Composing A Culinary Concert
• How Do You Measure Up? Setting and Evaluating Your Company’s Financial Benchmarks
• Please Have a Seat! What’s New in Event Furnishings
Event Solutions Lounge
The Event Solutions Lounge will be the meeting place for event pros to network and share ideas, as well as meet some of our online contributors and review the finalists and winners of the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards.
All Access badge holders are invited to the VIP Lounge to take a break, network or gather colleagues for a quick meeting. Take time to refresh with some caffeinated beverages while recharging your mobile device.
Attention is everything and distraction is everywhere, especially in Las Vegas! But sometimes it is a good thing to be “distracted.” ISES invites you to take 15 minutes to distract your brain with sessions of creative play. Offered twice daily, ISES will lead fun and interactive brain game challenges for those who want to take a short break and freshen up their minds with a shot of inspiration and, in the process, learning through creative play ways to strengthen your focus and spark your team or your own energies when it matters most.