Tuesday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 2:30pm
Las Vegas Convention Center
Attend the Tradeshow on Tuesday and Wednesday to see the most comprehensive collection of products and services for the industry. Meet with your vendors face-to-face and discover new suppliers who want to do business with you and of course, sample some of the best catering-tailored foods and beverages you won’t find anywhere else. Click here to see who's exhibiting.
Plus, you’ll find new ideas, show specials, special demo stages, drawings and giveaways, and tons of inspiration! Many special activity areas will bring added excitement to the Tradeshow floor:
ACF Las Vegas Culinary Challenge
Watch as chefs compete for prestigious awards in this two-day professional-grade competition that will give both rising and established culinary stars an opportunity to compete in a variety of hot and cold categories. Take away new tips amd techniques from the ACF chefs!
LV Culinary Challenge “Diced” Competition
Game on!€ˆSix teams will compete in a mystery box style competition live on the Tradeshow floor on Wednesday. Competitors include two catering teams, two Las Vegas hotel teams and two restaurant teams. Chefs on these teams will compete for a $3,000 cash prizes that will be judged on taste, presentation and creativity.
We’ve amped up our traditional tabletop design competition to bring you the Tablescape Contest that will offer new entry categories and more ways to compete and win! David Tutera will return to pick his favorite and personally hand out a special award.
Big Ticket Raffle
Your chance to win thousands of dollars worth of big ticket prizes on Wednesday!
Your favorite prize drawing makes a return to the Tradeshow floor. All Access and Conference &€ˆTradeshow registration packages include an entry into the Big Ticket Raffle
Spectacular Sweets Pastry Showcase
Get ready for some more sweet surprises as several of the country’s top pastry chefs show off their unique talents in this pastry showcase. You’ll see molded chocolate ideas, decorating demos, sugar techniques and so much more.
Hands-on Demo Arena
Jump right in and experience doing rather than watching. Hands-on demos will make you a part of the action as you learn how to set up plating lines and back of the house areas for parties; how to set a dining room quickly and efficiently with a limited number of staff; design tricks for making templates for menu signs and place cards. You’ll team up with others to create a storyboard for a theme event, share ideas for plate garnishes and make stunning but simple floral arrangements and centerpieces.
If technology is your thing, bring your iPad to the “iPad and Me” session to learn about useful apps, how to take great photos of events and where and how to store the photos for future use.
Catering &€ˆEvents Innovations Stage
Grab a seat and catch content-packed, live demonstrations for new culinary inspirations, design and décor ideas, along with the latest trend in technology innovations. Sample presentations to include:
Show Intel Stage
New this year to the Tradeshow floor, the Show Intel Stage presents education sessions that focus on thought provoking topics important to your success. Learn and be inspired by speakers who have keen insight into how to be successful and profitable. Sample sessions will include:
AFR Design Challenge Stage
Back for the third year, the AFR€ˆDesign Stage promises even more exciting design fun and inspiration. The stakes are high as two notable industry designers face off in this year’s Main Event. The 25-minute bout will feature Patrick Peel of Hello! Las Vegas and Eddie Diaz of Encore Creations. With such strong designers in the ring, the Design Challenge promises to be an exciting event. Watch this fast-paced challenge for fresh ideas and fun!
Restaurant Showcase Stage
Presented by the Nevada Restaurant Association, this stage will offer valuable informational sessions and demos for the restaurant business operator.
Catersource Magazine Lounge
Take a break, regroup or re-energize. Check out dozens of entries from the ICA€ˆCATIE Awards and Catersource ACE€ˆAwards. Watch for scheduled meet and greets and networking times when you can network with some of our speakers, consultants and staff.
Event Solutions Lounge
The Event Solutions Lounge will be the meeting place for event pros to network and share ideas, as well as meet some of our online contributors and review the finalists and winners of the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards.
All Access badge holders are invited to the VIP€ˆLounge to take a break, network or gather colleagues for a quick meeting. Take time to refresh with some caffeinated beverages while recharging your mobile device.
Attention is everything and distraction is everywhere, especially in Las Vegas! But sometimes it is a good thing to be “distracted.” ISES invites you to take 15 minutes to distract your brain with sessions of creative play. Offered twice daily, ISES will lead fun and interactive brain game challenges for those who want to take a short break and freshen up their minds with a shot of inspiration and, in the process, learning through creative play ways to strengthen your focus and spark your team or your own energies when it matters most.
Taste of Technology
Get your geek on in this high-tech pavilion! Stop by to to charge your devices and get connected with the vendors who can recharge your business. See what’s new in technology and get up to date on the latest innovations.
Check out some of the coolest vendors giving out samples, free products and showing off some of the most unique event experiences on the show floor.
Tradeshow registration includes FREE access to the International Pizza Expo and discounted access to Nightclub & Bar taking place at the Las€ˆVegas Convention Center during the show.
Take your Catersource badge to the International Pizza Show and get free access to the show floor on Thursday, March 27.
Take your Catersource badge to Nightclub & Bar Show registration and get a discounted price of $30 to enter the exhibit hall on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25-26.
Transportation to and from the Tradeshow is provided from the Paris Hotel.