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ACE Award Submissions Now Being Accepted!

Check out this year's new categories!

It's once again time to celebrate the best of the best! Nominations are now being accepted for the Catersource 2023 Achievement in Catered Events awards (ACE)!  We invite you to submit your best work from the past year. Join in the excitement and the spirit of our industry as we celebrate the hard work and exceptional accomplishments of our peers.

Catersource + The Special Event speaker Deborah Elias’ (Elias Events) excitement was palpable during the awards ceremony, where her A Spooktacular Night was named Best Event for a Private Individual: Budget Under $1,000 Per Guest.  

This year's ACE awards will be like no other since we have added a few additional categories. This year's new categories include: 

  • National Caterer of the Year
  • International Caterer of the Year
  • Catered Social Event of the Year
  • Catered Fundraising Event of the Year
  • Catered Wedding of the Year
  • Catered Micro Event of the Year
  • Product or Technological Innovation of the Year
  • Sustainability in Catering

This year's new categories will also be joined by the following categories: 

  • Best Off-Premise Catering, for companies above $2 million annual revenue
  • Best Off-Premise Catering , for companies under $2 million annual revenue
  • Best On-Premise Catering, for companies under $2 million annual revenue
  • Best On-Premise Catering, for companies above $2 million annual revenue

To submit an entry to this year's ACE awards, please visit our awards portal at

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, June 1st | ACE Award Submissions Open
  • Jan. 1st, 2022-Nov. 30, 2022 | Eligibility Period for Entries
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 | Regular submission deadline ($99 fee)
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 | Late Bird submission deadline ($160 fee)

If you are interested in entering in the Gala awards instead, you can enter the Special Event 2023 Gala awards in the same online portal as the ACE awards. Catersource and The Special Event will once again co-locate, running March 27-30, 2023 in Orlando, Fla. Both the ACE and Gala awards will be presented during the conference at a to-be-determined location in Orlando.


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