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Congratulations to This Year's ACE Award Recipients!

Submissions Now Being Accepted for 2024 Awards

Catersource magazine is delighted to announce the  recipients of this year's ACE Awards, who were honored during Catersource + The Special Event on March 30th in Orlando, FL. 

Congratulations to all of this year's finalists

Best Off-Premise Catering

Photo courtesy Valorie Darling 

Colette’s Catering & Events | A ‘Love at First Rose’ Wedding

For the wedding of ABC’s Bachelorette alumni (Joelle Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers) a full kitchen build-out was required. An à la minute cooking style for all hors d'oeuvres, chef station, and five-course plated meal was their approach. The final adapted menu was a fresh, modern New American approach including Italian and Southern charms, using local, seasonal, and high-end ingredients. Within this concept was a remarkable Burrata Bar, and an interactive chef station (imported burrata cheese, fresh sliced-to-order prosciutto, housemade focaccia, grissini, heirloom tomatoes, and a beautiful assortment of fresh jams). 

Catered Fundraising Event of the Year 

Photo courtesy LEO Events 

LEO Events | Le Bon Appetit 

Le Bon Appetit is a bi-annual gourmet culinary showcase that brings some of the nation's most celebrated chefs together in Memphis, TN. For the first time in four years, Le Bon Appetit returned in 2022 as an in-person gala with famous local and national chefs cooking together to fundraise for Le Bonheur Children's Hospita (a 255-bed facility that serves as a primary teaching affiliate for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and is one of the top facilities in the country for children in need of brain surgery). Le Bon Appetit raises money for specialized medical equipment, child-specific programming, and technology at the hospital.

Catered Social Event of the Year

Photo courtesy Andy Rodriguez 

24 Carrots Catering and Events | Autumn’s Up Fall Festival

The client wanted to completely transform their corporate office into a full-fledged harvest festival, complete with farmer’s market stands, pumpkin patches, hay bale mazes, and more. 24 Carrots fell head-first into the challenge; resulting in some of their favorite food and design moments of the season. The festive fall-themed menu items included such dishes as a Farmer’s Market Salad, Short Rib Chili, and Gouda-Dipped Pretzel Nuggets. The bar featured a festive flair to classic cocktails (Pumpkin Old Fashioned, Cranberry Apple Sangria, and Apple Cider Mule) served in a branded mason jar.

National Caterer of the Year

Photo courtesy Jackie Culmer

24 Carrots Catering and Events 

24 Carrots Catering and Events is the premier catering and events company of choice in Southern California. They create remarkable experiences by offering the finest quality foods and providing unsurpassed personalized service. They are driven by their passion for life’s special occasions.

Product or Technological Innovation of the Year

METrans |  Micro Electric Vehicle, MT700.01, And Custom Trailers

METrans' Vehicles and Custom Trailers bring a new capability of transport of personnel and equipment in all kitchen, restaurant, and banquet environments.

Congratulations to This Year's Gala Award Recipients

The Awards Ceremony also recognized this year's Gala Award finalists and recipients. To see this year's Gala recipients, head over to Special Events

Submissions Now Open

It's once again time to celebrate the best of the best! Submissions are now being accepted for the Catersource 2024 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.

The categories for 2024 are: 

  • 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
  • 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

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2023 | ACE Award Submissions Open
  • September 1, 2022-September, 30, 2023 | Eligibility Period for Entries
  • Sunday, October 15, 2023 | Regular submission deadline ($99 fee)
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2023 | Late Bird submission deadline ($160 fee)

If you are interested in entering in the Gala awards instead, you can enter the Special Event 2024 Gala awards in the same online portal as the ACE awards. Catersource + The Special Event will run February 12-15, 2024 in Austin, TX Both the ACE and Gala awards will be presented during the conference at a to-be-determined location in Austin.


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