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Events at the annual Conference & Tradeshow give you multiple ways to experience great information, learning opportunities and networking outlets as part of the overall Conference experience. Here’s what’s in store for this year’s exciting events:


5:45pm – 7:00pm
Welcome Reception (included with your registration)
Sponsored by CORT Event Furnishings

CORT Event Furnishings invites you to “Join the Design Revolution” at the Catersource and Event Solutions Welcome Reception in the Attendee Lounge at the Paris Hotel.

Network with friends, old and new, as we kick off the Conference in Revolutionary style with entertainment and drinks.  Experience inspirational and eclectic designs by CORT and Perfect Surroundings, Intl. dedicated to the memory of revolutionary event designer, Richard Carbotti.

The Attendee Lounge sponsored by CORT will be open throughout the Conference.

Sponsored by



12:30pm – 2:00pm
Trends Lunch + Best of Las Vegas Trends Buffet Competition
 (ticket price $69)
Hosted by Meryl Snow, David Everett, Steve Kemble and Chef Paul Larson
Experience an interactive and fun rivalry as the Best of Las Vegas teams compete in a buffet design challenge that will incorporate top style, color, design and food trends.During the buffet lunch, hosts Meryl Snow, David Everett, and Steve Kemble will interview each team to review the trending concepts and ideas they have incorporated into their designs. Chef Paul Larson will also share what food trends would complement the buffet designs.After lunch, you will also get access to view and vote on the Boxed Lunch Contest that is part of the Power Lunch. BuffetContest_Web


12:30pm – 2:00pm
Power Panel/Power Lunch + Box Lunch Contest (ticket price $69)
Enjoy a plated lunch with members of the Catersource Consulting Unit and Leading Caterers of America as they share powerful insights.Featured members include:
Carl Sacks – Director of Consulting Services, Catersource, David Eicher -Consultant, Catersource Consulting Unit, Joy Wallace –CEO, A Joy Wallace Catering Production, Member Leading Caterers of America, and John Lombardo – Consultant, Catersource Consulting Unit.There will be Q & A time available. You will take away business-savvy ideas and receive a whitepaper after the show covering the points discussed at the lunch.

After the lunch, you will get access to view and vote on the Best of Las Vegas Buffet Contest that is part of the Trends Lunch next door.

Both lunches include access to the contest portion of the other lunch!

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MuseWeb_0MUSE – Monday Night Party (ticket price $169)

In Greek mythology, the muses are nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus, who ruled over the arts and sciences and have inspired creative thought leaders throughout history. Today, the muses still serve as the artists’ inspiration for the producers of the Monday night party at the Catersource and Event Solutions Conference.

Cade Nagy and Dan Smith of Catering By Design, along with Rob Barber and Brian Shaughnessy of Atomic, have been touched by the muses — and their beauty, knowledge and passion have inspired the producers to create a celebratory masterpiece named in their honor: Muse.

At Muse, nine unique event stations will intoxicate you with chic style, décor, entertainment and food presentation. Lose yourself in a colorful French floral market serving monochromatic salads. Experience déjà vu at a surreal Table to Farm experience. At Mécanique, feel the heat of a 100-year-old catering staple. Step into the back-alley underbelly of the street food craze. Satisfy both your sweet tooth and your Choux Fetish. Enjoy the clean lines and enticing flavors of modern French/Asian fusion. Feel the tension as you’re forced to decide, Fondue or Fondant? Discover a new wave twist on pop culture bakery favorites. And s’Wig specialty cocktails as you lose your inhibitions within the romance of this exhilarating social event.

In a soirée that promises to expose fascinating, tantalizing, even risqué new ideas in food, presentation, décor and entertainment, Muse will inspire you to compose and embrace the ménage à trois of food, drink and style. Ooh la la!

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Tablescape Contest

The ever-popular Tablescape Contest returns once again to bring creative ideas to life! You’ll be inspired by the themes, unique use of materials and concepts set up by caterers and planners in this camera-worthy contest. PLUS: Celebrity planner David Tutera will return to discuss the designs and award the coveted Tutera’s Pick Award. Learn how to enter here


7:00pm – 10:00pm
Disrupt Your Status Quo Wedding Event (ticket price $169)
Presented by ISES

The weddings industry has become saturated with ‘a world of sameness’ and the only way to stand out is to disrupt the status quo.  Presenter Cindy Novotny will challenge your present thinking, give your mind the ability to look at your products and services through different eyes and, in the end, send you home with a renewed sense of excitement for the coming year.

Cindy Novotny with Master Connection Associates has been a worldwide leader in sales, service and leadership training for the past 25 years. For the past 5 years she has become a sought after speaker, coach and consultant in the luxury weddings industry. Cindy will speak on how to change up your key messaging, sales approach and customer/employee interaction with disruptive energy!

This event will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Busing will not be provided from the Paris Hotel.


8:00am – 10:00am
Taste of Technology Breakfast (ticket price $69)
Innovations for the culinary, marketing, sales, operations and business management fronts
Hosted by Warren Dietel

Rise and shine! Start your day bright and early and discover the latest technology trends, tools and innovations that are available to help you succeed in today’s marketplace. Whether you’re just getting acquainted with what’s on the market or you want to keep up-to-date and in-the-know, you’ll enjoy a hot breakfast as Warren Dietel hosts an exploration on how technology is changing the way we do business.

Speaker for this session will be Dr. Mike North, host of The Discovery Channel shows “Prototype This” and “Outrageous Acts of Science”. Having grown up in the catering industry, Mike is is an undaunted and anything-but-mild innovator; who is one of the leading experts in the fields of innovation and 3D Printing. Fusing engineering and science with empathy and creativity, he opens doors to new solutions, awe-inspiring experiences and radical paradigm shifts to design new approaches to education at UC Berkeley, co-living at The Embassy Network, inventing and storytelling at North Design Labs, and cooperative innovation at Reallocate – a nonprofit focused on creating systems for an equitable and sustainable planet.

This is a great event to connect with others to exchange ideas, share favorite apps and software and brainstorm uses and tips for navigating the ever-changing technology landscape.We will also incorporate numerous “Ted” style session presenters, who will have 10-20 minutes to discuss the technology tools that can help you run your business more efficiently.

A helpful Resource Guide will be provided post show.


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7:00pm – 9:30pm
La Vie en Couleur
Industry Awards Presentation – General Seating (ticket price $39)
7:00pm – 8:00pm   Cash Bar Reception
8:00pm – 9:30pm   Awards Presentation


For the first time ever, three major industry awards – the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards, the ICA CATIE Awards and the Catersource ACE Awards – will be presented together at one fabulous, colorful event. Caterers and event planners from around the world will gather in Las Vegas to celebrate the industry with a spectacular awards presentation announcing winners in many coveted categories. With so many top industry professionals gathered in one room, this will be a night you aren’t likely to forget.

Join us at La Vie en Couleur for the excitement and anticipation of finding out which finalists become winners in categories from Event Planner of the Year to Best New Food Concept and discover what companies are named the top caterers in select regions around the world.

Awards Presentation- VIP Seating (ticket price$149)
Upgrade to the VIP area with reserved seating up front and rub shoulders and mingle with other VIPs. Includes access to a hosted cocktail hour and hor d’oeuvres.