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Back to New Orleans for Our 25th Anniversary!

Providing a lively atmosphere, distinct culture & unique cuisine for CS2017

Twenty-five years ago, Catersource hosted its very first conference in the lively city of New Orleans. Fast-forward to 2017 and we’re returning back to where it all began, bringing a new and exciting vibe to the show we’ve all enjoyed for the past quarter of a century. Join us from March 12-15, 2017 to celebrate our 25th anniversary in a city filled with fun culture, unique culinary creations, and impressive event aspirations.

Catersource, the Show for Catering and Event Professionals, will take over the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for three jam-packed days of quality education sessions, remarkable events, and networking opportunities to grow your business and personal connections.

The award-winning tradeshow floor is filled with 400+ trendsetting exhibitors and sponsors, culinary and design competitions, world-class education, and delicious tastings. Additionally, the tradeshow offers face-to-face interaction, networking, and relationship-building with nearly 7,000 culinary and event professionals. 

AOCF joins Catersource 2017, Bringing an Expanded Culinary Program
As part of the celebration, we are excited to announce that The Art of Catering Food, a culinary-focused conference, is joining Catersource! Now there’s another reason to bring your entire team to the ultimate conference and tradeshow for the catering and special event industries. Featuring culinary-intensive sessions and hands-on education, this is a program that your culinary staff should not miss! The AOCF program focuses on technical skills, new recipes, ingredients, inspiration, and techniques in the kitchen. The best part? You’ll be able to sample the cuisine made on-stage and take home the recipes, allowing you to weave them into your menus. This exclusive program delivers focused, hands-on culinary training. It’s like a 3-day immersion school for culinary professionals.

Sneak Peak at CS2017 Featured Speakers
Influential professionals Mitch Joel, John Folse, and Doug Lipp will be leading the education program as the featured speakers at this year’s event, bringing extensive knowledge, passion, and inspiration to your business. Stay tuned as we continue to unveil the impressive education schedule for Catersource 2017!

Marketing can have a profound impact on the success and growth of your business. Mitch Joel, taking over the stage as our opening speaker, will share digital marketing and business transformationinsights to take your business to thenext level. Marketing magazine named him the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” and “one of North America’s leading digital visionaries.” He is currently President of Mirum – a global digital marketing agency. Named one of the top 100 online marketers in the world, discover the potential of expanding your business by sourcing the digital realm from this author, blogger, podcaster, and passionate speaker. Join Mitch as he discusses the future of technology and business, such as mobile-first growth strategies, brand loyalists, technology trends, and more.

As a New Orleans resident, Chef John Folse will bring a local perspective of Cajun cooking using Louisiana’s pantry as our featured culinary speaker. He developed Chef John Folse &Company using his passion for the native specialties of Louisiana. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including “Louisiana Restaurateur of the Year” by the Louisiana Restaurant Association, “National Chef of the Year” by the American Culinary Federation (ACF), and “Silver Spoon Award” by Food Arts magazine for his contributions to the foodservice industry. Chef Folse was also inducted into the Louisiana Chef’s Hall of Fame for his extensive promotion of Louisiana’s food scene. 

Back by popular demand, we’re thrilled that Doug Lipp will be joining us again in New Orleans to share his expertise on engaging employees, boosting business performance, and more. Doug is dedicated to strengthening corporate culture and improving the bottom line, while having fun at the same time. He is an eight-time author, and former head of training at the legendary Disney University. His latest book is the best-selling Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees. 

Be an Early Bird!
As we near the end of the year, plan ahead and register early for Catersource to receive the most significant savings. Walking away with just one idea can instantly return your investment on attending. Get ready to be motivated and prepared to tackle the year by getting the best resources available. Catersource is an event you can’t afford to miss! Save beaucoup bucks ($200 off an onsite registration) if you register by December 6, 2016. 

Registration opens early October!


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