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Catersource 2020 Sneak Peek: Enjoy Expanded Education & More Networking

Who’s ready for three whole days of culinary and event magic in Las Vegas? This year’s Catersource Conference and Tradeshow, co-located with The Special Event and taking place March 9–12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, will feature expanded culinary education and networking forums.

This year’s show anticipates 4,200 attendees who will have the unique opportunity to discuss the latest technology, best practices, and most pressing industry topics.

Don't miss Catersource or these ICA-sponsored sessions:

Jonathan Jennings, CT Wedding Group

Pricing for Venue Profit

Join Jonathan Jennings, executive vice president of CT Wedding Group, as he discusses innovative ways to maximize your book of business and your profitability. This class is especially aimed at off-premise caterers who have taken on a new exclusive venue or are interested in increasing the profitability of an existing one.

Jennifer Perna, Fulton Market Consulting

Managing Up! How to Talk to Your Boss

Jennifer Perna, owner of Fulton Market Consulting, has a few ideas up her sleeve on how sales managers can effectively communicate with their superiors and better organize themselves to share challenges and opportunities in a structured, methodical way.

“For nearly two and a half years, I’ve worked with wonderful clients on various sales, management and leadership processes. One area that still needs more attention is coaching managers on how to communicate to ownership or executive leadership,” says Perna. “Sales managers often create tools to share how their team is doing but have not developed their own ‘report card’ in an effective or consistent way.”

Fausto Pfifferer and Reuben Bell of Blue Elephant Catering & Events

Vendor Meals 101: How to Make Everyone Happy, Including You

Weddings are a long day for caterers and all the vendors involved and eating is a must to keep the energy up! However, who’s responsibility is feeding vendors, the client or the caterer? Find out from Fausto Pifferrer and Reuben Bell from Blue Elephant Events and Catering. They will  discuss vendor meals and weigh in on the pros and cons of feeding the vendor team, the issues that arise with scheduling and the return on investment.

Alexi Mandolini and Matt Heikkila of Catering by Design

No Meat? No Problem

Vegetarianism and veganism is continuing to increase. Enter Catering By Design’s dynamic culinary duo Alexi Mandolini and Matt Heikkila who will show you how to break the mold of current vegetarian/vegan offerings and elevate your plant-based cooking.

Be sure to stop by the ICA Inspiration Zone during the Conference and then the ICA Booth #538 at the Tradeshow to say hello and learn more about how the ICA can help you grow your business!

We can’t wait to see all our industry friends under one roof! For even more sessions, a complete list of speakers, exhibitors, fun events and a full agenda, visit

International Caterers Association

For motivated caterers, International Caterers Association is a resource that provides Education, encourages peer to peer Relationships and Inspires creativity while embracing all segments of the catering industry. For more information, visit