Paving the Road to Inspiration
The 2015 Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow, held March 8-11 in Las Vegas, brought caterers and event professionals, new and established, together in one environment built for learning, sharing and experiencing all the catering and events industry has to offer.
With enhanced sessions, thrilling events, inspiring contests and the biggest Tradeshow yet, CSES2015 provided the industry with the information and inspiration needed to grow in the coming years.
Celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Neal Fraser headlined the Conference with a side-by-side presentation that intertwined inspiration for events and how to use life experiences in your culinary creations and designs. The second Michael Roman Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Holly Safford of A Catered Affair during the Opening Session, in memory of the late Michael Roman.
Continuing the celebration after the Opening Session, attendees gathered in the Attendee Lounge to connect with old friends and meet new ones while enjoying the festivities at the CORT Welcome Reception!
Hundreds of top industry professionals also joined us throughout the week to reveal their tips and secrets for improving your business, hiring the right people, designing the best events, and much, much more.
The most anticipated industry event of the year, Premonition, the Monday night party, invited thousands of attendees to the brand new Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas for a night of mischief, great food, entertainment and deviant adventures! Produced by Jeff and Jennifer Snow or Catering Creations in Omaha, NE, the event definitely lived up to the hype and found attendees enjoying the festivities well into the night.
The education and excitement continued on the Tradeshow floor Tuesday and Wednesday as attendees participated in food tastings, hands-on service demos, and watched with anxious bellies as designers Andy Hopper and David Twigger competed live in the fourth annual AFR Design Challenge.
Celebrating the best of the best in the catering and events industry, the Rock the Night Industry Awards Celebration on Tuesday night truly rocked the night! Recognizing finalists and announcing winners of the Catersource ACE, ICA CATIE, and Event Solutions Spotlight Awards, Marvelless Mark and America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru, Steve Kemble, lead the audience in interactive entertainment as we congratulated the winners of this year’s prestigious awards.
The last two days of the Conference opened the doors for attendees to discover thousands of new products, services and partners on the extensive Tradeshow floor to help enhance catered events in 2015 and beyond.
Closing an amazing week, event extraordinaire Preston Bailey returned to the Conference on Wednesday to send attendees home inspired with a heartfelt presentation about his journey to the top. Bailey left no stones unturned as he discussed trials and tribulations throughout his 35 years in the industry, giving attendees motivation to cross whatever roads lie ahead.
The 2015 event presented thousands of ways for industry professionals to enhance their offerings and design events worth envying. Through learning, networking and experiencing top-notch events, the Conference has paved the road for a successful year ahead. We hope to see you at our next event to keep the momentum going year after year!
2016 Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow
The Mirage Las Vegas, March 13-16, 2016
eNews March 2015