Events and Activities

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.

5:45pm - 7:00pm
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.

This event is included with your registration.

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12:30pm – 2:00pm
Two great lunch event options:

+ Best of Las Vegas Trends
Buffet Competition€

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.

Ticket price: $69


+ Box Lunch Contest

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 SacksDirector of Consulting Services, Catersource, David Eicher - Consultant, Catersource Consulting Unit, Joy WallaceCEO, A Joy Wallace Catering Production, Member Leading Caterers of America, and John LombardoConsultant, 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.

Ticket price: $69

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

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8:00pm - Midnight

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.

Ballys Event Center
Ticket price: $169

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7:00pm – 10:00pm  

Gather in the Attendee Lounge for a special tribute to Catersource founder Mike Roman. Share stories with each other about the ways he touched lives and celebrate the contributions he’s made to the industry.

This event is included in your registration.

7:00pm – 10:00pm
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!

Attendees will gather for a pre-event reception before joining Cindy for an inspiring fashion show and seated dinner.

Ticket price: $169

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

8:00am - 10:00am
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.  

Featured 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.

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.

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.

A helpful Resource Guide will be provided post show.

Ticket price: $69

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7:00pm - 9:30pm
Industry Awards Celebration

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€ˆCATIE Awards and the Catersource ACE€ˆAwards – 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.

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s colorful aesthetic, this avant-garde event produced by Robb Thornsberry of Infinity Events, Inc. will celebrate risk-taking artistic visionaries in an environment designed to spark your creativity like never before! From the moment you arrive, you’ll experience grand opulence and Parisian punk couture like you never imagined and be inspired to think differently, be unique and live a life in color.

GENERAL SEATING Ticket price: $39

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’oeuvre.


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