The 2014 Conference & Tradeshow brings you brand new speakers with brand new topics. Most of the education sessions on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the Tradeshow. Here are the sessions that will take place at the Paris Hotel before the Tradeshow floor opens.


8:30am — 10:30am

Up Close and Personal with Amy Atlas
Featured Speaker Session
Amy Atlas, CEO, Amy Atlas Events, New York, NY

Join Amy, also known as ‘The Sweets Stylist’, on her journey from lawyer to the creator of the stylized dessert bar to celebrity and author. We’ll find out everything we want to know about dessert trends, design elements important to the dessert bars, the client process, how Amy thinks and how she is able to create the client vision. Amy will also speak about design style and color trends.

And...Amy will be doing a live demonstration that will bring all of these design and food choices to life.

8:30am — 10:30am

Bigger is Better. An Exploration of Catering the Primetime Emmy Awards
Joachim Splichal, Chef/Founder, Patina Restaurant Group; Gregg Wiele, Culinary Director of Patina Restaurant Group; Alec Lestr, Executive Chef, Carlos Enriquez, Executive Pastry Chef and Shaughn Guidry, Senior Operations Manager of Patina Catering, Los Angeles, CA

Join renowned Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal and his team from Patina Restaurant Group’s catering division for an exclusive look inside the largest annual formal dinner in North America. For the past 18 years, the Los Angeles-based culinary group has been the proud caterers of the Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball where they feed a staggering 4,000 attendees comprised of Hollywood’s elite. For the first time, Joachim and his trusted catering leaders will explain the inner-workings of the event from the training of 1,200+ staff to the organization of 200+ chefs for onsite menu execution. Recipes, tips and discussion of other large scale galas will be presented alongside opportunities for a Q&A session with the award-winning team.

8:30am — 10:30am


Not Lost In Translation:
Reinterpreting the Cultural Experience Through Design, Food and Entertainment

Therese Cole-Hubbs, President/Creative Director, Electric Karma International, Houston, TX and Randi Garrett, Naakiti Floral, Las Vegas, NV

Like Indian weddings today, this session blends the heritage and traditions of Southeast Asia with the new world design and elements of the west. Floral designer Randi Garrett and Therese Cole-Hubbs will transform a session room into a multi-cultural sangeet - the equivalent of an Indian wedding rehearsal dinner. Get design ideas that translate from India to America and back again. Learn more about the significance of certain activities and décor elements. Find out more about trends in menu development, presentation and ingredients, get entertainment ideas that connect the East and West, hear about and see case studies of real American-Indian weddings illustrated with gorgeous photos and get sales tips on how to win over wedding clients. This informative session will give those new to this market a strong foundation to build on and will give veterans advice and trends to take their Indian and multi-cultural weddings to the next level.

8:30am — 9:30am

Bisli Vazquez and Edward Gallardo, Bisli Event Services, San Antonio, TX

8:30am — 9:30am

Heather Hawes, CMP, Director of Special Events, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

9:30am — 10:30am

Katy Carrier, Esq., Founder/CEO, Law for Creatives, Inc., Palm Desert, CA

9:30am — 10:30am

Presented by ISES
Ryan Hanson, CSEP, Creative Producer, BeEvents, Minneapolis, MN
11:00am — 6:00pm

Catersource & Event Solutions Tradeshow
Las Vegas Convention Center

Top product and service providers will be on the tradeshow floor to show you the hottest items on the market, plus you’ll find new ideas, show specials, special demo stages, drawings and giveaways, and tons of inspiration!

Click here for more information about all the areas and activities at the Tradeshow. 

Schedule subject to change.