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The included and optional events at the 2015 Conference take the learning out of the classroom and put ideas and trends into action! All optional events are included in the All Access Package, and tickets can be added on to additional packages at any time, a la carte.



CORT_120CORT Welcome Reception
6:15pm-7:30pm, Caesars Palace, included event

CORT Event Furnishings invites you to experience iconic modern style at the Catersource and Event Solutions Welcome Reception. Network with friends, old and new, as we kick off the conference with entertainment and drinks in the CORT Powered Attendee Lounge.  Experience iconic design by CORT and Perfect Surroundings, Intl. that will help inspire your next event and provide a comfortable space to power your mobile devices.


The Ultimate Wedding Event
7:30pm-10pm, Palms Casino  - Sold Out 

Join us at the Palms Casino with featured speaker Bess Wyrick for the ultimate wedding experience as we create an enchanted atmosphere through color, texture and floral. Produced by Patrick Peel of Hello! Las Vegas and presented by the Wedding Industry Professionals Association and the Las Vegas chapter of the International Special Events Society, this evening dinner event will push the envelope to show an artistic collaboration of what weddings can be.

This is an optional event and ticket purchase is required. This event is now sold out.


Trendsetters Luncheon
12:15pm-2:00pm, Caesars Palace, Price: $69

Innovation is the key to standing out in the catering and events industry. During this proven-popular lunch event, you’ll discover dozens of trendy new concepts in the Best of Las Vegas Buffet Contest and the brand new Bright Idea Contest, where attendees will compete against each other to establish the next big idea for our industry!

Discover new ideas conceptualized by your peers, share powerful insights, and meet with attendees from around the world during this interactive and high-energy lunch experience.

This is an optional event and ticket purchase is required. Tickets can be added to your registration at any time.

8:00pm-12:00am, Brooklyn Bowl, Price: $169

Indulge in a night of foretelling at Las Vegas’ most striking new venue. Sip on divine potions and experience magnetic cuisine that will draw you in for a night of mischief. This year’s showcase event will intrigue you with new culinary displays and unique visions for the future. Join Jeff and Jennifer Snow and their crew at Catering Creations as you eat, drink and play the night away at the riveting Brooklyn Bowl. You will not want to miss the thrill of this deviant night.

This is an optional event and ticket purchase is required. Tickets can be added to your registration at any time.


Industry Awards Presentation
7:00pm-10:00pm, Caesars Palace, Price: $49

This is your industry award show. Join us at the Catersource ACE, ICA CATIE and Event Solutions Spotlight Awards presentation to celebrate the best in catering and events. This has been a banner year — let’s toast to the success of our industry and cheer on the winners of Best Plated Menu, Signature Caterer, Event Company of the Year, Chef of the Year, and many more! Enjoy two complimentary beverages while celebrating with the leaders and innovators who are shaping the industry.

This is an optional event and ticket purchase is required. Tickets can be added to your registration at any time.


Taste of Technology Breakfast
8:00am-10:00am, Caesars Palace, Price: $69

The Binder is Broken
Presented by J. Damany Daniel, Chief Imaginator, The Event Nerd, Dallas, TX and Nick Borelli, Marketing Director, Colortone Staging & Rentals, Cleveland, OH

Rise and shine! Start your day bright and early with an interactive discussion on the latest technologies that can help you succeed in today’s marketplace. From back-of-house planning to front-of-house execution–communication is key. If both sides aren’t able to communicate effectively with each other, our clients feel the sting. The Event Binder, for many, represents the sum total of all work that goes into creating an amazing experience. For many, however, communication is still a struggle. With the ubiquity of paper, binders, pens and other hard copy solutions, there are many opportunities for growth and innovation.

In this interactive session, two leading experts in events and technology will show you how to walk away from the binder, and how to use technology to make your planning process easier, more streamlined, and more efficient, while enabling a higher level of execution for all of your team. Ultimately, this results in more profit for you and more amazing events for your clients.

Connect with others to exchange ideas, share favorite apps and software, and brainstorm uses and tips for navigating the ever-changing technology landscape.

This is an optional event, ticket purchase is required. Ticket purchase is required.