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CS Spotlight: Show Floor Sneak Peak

We’re back! Make sure to attend the Catersource Tradeshow on Wednesday and Thursday, July 21 and 22, so you don’t miss a second of the action. On the Tradeshow floor you will see a comprehensive collection of products and services for the catering and events industry, including new solutions that address health and safety. Meet with your vendors face-to-face, discover new suppliers who want to do business with you, and of course, you can’t forget the education that will be taking place, including cooking demonstrations, the Diced competition, the Opening General Session with Pablos Holman, and the closing keynote featuring David Tutera. 

Below, you will find some of the products and services to keep your business running smooth, while staying on top of everything that is new and exciting! The Tradeshow floor will be chockfull of everything you’ll need to surprise and delight the guests at your events.

The Catersource Tradeshow floor will be open: Wednesday, July 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can see a full lineup of the 2021 exhibitors by visiting here.

Attend this premier industry buying, learning, and browsing event and you will be able to check out these goods in person, take home samples, make purchases on the Tradeshow floor, all while networking and learning. 

The Tradeshow floor is the hub of Catersource Conference & Tradeshow because it brings everyone together: vendors, planners, chefs, peers, and colleagues! 

Miami here we come!


Clear packaging can make food selection easy and fast in most situations. Photo © 2020 US Foods

A safe dining experience with US Foods 

As business recovers and in-person events make a resurgence in the post-COVID-19 world, diners want to feel secure and safe whether they’re eating on-premise or taking it to go. This makes first-rate takeout packaging essential, so that dishes retain their quality, integrity, and temperature, while keeping diners safe. Make sure you have the quality containers and tamper-proof seals you need to fulfill orders while instilling confidence in your consumers. 

“Sealed For Your Safety” messages means customers will feel more secure in their purchases. Photo © 2020 US Foods

That’s a tall order, but you’re not in this alone. Ready with expert guidance, industry-leading business tools, and the right products for every application, your partners at US Foods® are here to help you make it. Visit our booth to chat with one of our industry experts and find the solutions to the challenges you’re facing today.

Tamper-evident breakers are a great means to instill consumer confidence. Photo © 2020 US Foods

US Foods
Booth 847
Twitter @USFoods





Learn why top caterers are saving time & money by switching to Nowsta 


Managing staff is one of the biggest challenges caterers face. Scheduling staff across hundreds of events using email, spreadsheets, or legacy software is a time-consuming headache. And, tracking staff hours using paper timesheets is rife with errors.

That’s why Nowsta was built. Nowsta is an all-in-one staff management platform that integrates scheduling, time & attendance, analytics, and payroll integration.

Nowsta is the only platform that lets caterers schedule event staff and hourly staff on a single platform. Tags and filters help you find the best person for each shift. Staff get work requests via the Nowsta mobile app and can accept instantly–the median employee response time is just 38 minutes. And, automatic overtime warnings will cut your labor costs. What’s more, Nowsta syncs with sales platforms like Caterease or Total Party Planner, eliminating duplicate entry.

You can say goodbye to paper timesheets with Nowsta’s automated time and attendance options. Let your staff check themselves in using Nowsta’s GPS self check-in feature, or let your captains check-in the staff working under them. And for your in-house staff, put Nowsta on a tablet, stick it on a wall, and you have a timeclock with photo verification to prevent buddy punching.

When it comes time to run payroll, Nowsta automatically flags any time-punches when an employee is early or late. Nowsta lets you export time and attendance data directly to your payroll provider, so you don’t have to enter it by hand. Nowsta integrates with just about every payroll provider. Running payroll takes just a few clicks, saving you hours in the process.

Nowsta creates a better work experience for everybody in catering: business owners, managers, and staff alike! Visit us at Catersource to learn how we can save your team hundreds of man hours per year, give you tighter control of your labor budget, and help you retain your best staff.

Catersource attendees who sign up for Nowsta within one week of the conference can receive their first month free by using code Catersource2021!


Booth 613
[email protected]


Staffmate 2021: envision an ecosystem 

In software, an ecosystem is a solution which positively impacts every part of an organization. Software ecosystems bind company resources together and make disparate software solutions highly connected, more meaningful, and more robust. Software ecosystems feed from, and to, every other operational unit to ensure the most efficient flow of communication and data.

Continuing its legacy of shaping the future of our industry, 2021’s version of StaffMate boasts powerful new tools and features designed to allow your entire operation to flow and perform at optimal efficiency.

Single time & attendance solution

At Catersource, interact with the most flexible time & attendance solutions available: GPS Mobile Employee Time Clocks, Assigned Timekeeper Tools, Stand-Alone Time Stations for Kitchen, Warehouse, Office & Contract Locations and the new OSM To Go, an entire remote event management system.

No matter how you choose to have StaffMate capture your worker time data, watch as it immediately and seamlessly flows from multiple capture sources into the industry’s most powerful and intuitive payroll prep and export tools.

Automated overtime notifications, an innovative gratuity distribution auto-bot, custom premium pay items, automatic OT calculations and filters for W2 workers, contractors, agencies and gig workers all combine to provide precision labor and cost control.

OSM To Go: remote event management

Another industry debut at Catersource is StaffMate’s OSM To Go. This event-day tool for On Site Managers provides every bit of information OSMs need to execute the perfect event, right on their own mobile phones or tablets: Complete Time Clock Management, BEOs, Floor Diagrams, Client Details, Attire Distribution, Logistics, Safety & Security, Task Assignments, and custom Post-Event Action Reports which flow immediately to upper management.

Connecting the ecosystem

Import events from catering management software, drop in staff from your onboarding solution, drag and drop BEOs, invoices, site maps and floor diagrams. Pinpoint exact event sites with our movable map markers. Explore integrations with Waze, Uber, Lyft and Google to experience impressive ride hailing, ride sharing and navigation options. Automatically source and schedule agency and gig workers.

See and demo new features that couldn’t be listed here and grab show-only pricing at Staffmate’s sponsorship of the Catersource Opening General Session or by visiting Booth 813. See for yourself how StaffMate 2021 is designed to connect your entire ecosystem, from sales to staffing, kitchen to on-site prep, warehouse to set up, OSM to owner.


StaffMate Online
Booth 813
[email protected]


FOH brings the WOW

Bring the WOW factor to your buffet experience and create powerful and safe presentations with versatile trend-setting buffet collections from Front of the House® featured at this year’s Catersource Conference & Tradeshow.  

B3 Buffet Building Blocks® by FOH® delivers all the essential elements and a wide array of modular options from risers to boards, from trays and platters, and coordinated accessories from Front of the House® including porcelain plates, bowls, and platters to create endless display options. Find your ideal buffet set-up to match any theme and mix & match across collections for unique ways to use our multifunctional pieces.  All FOH buffet items are designed for easy storage by nesting and/or being collapsible and stackable and innovatively versatile to take you from morning to night.  

To further maximize your investment, add a personalized experience by incorporating your logo, image, or artwork for a unique and personalized experience.

Provide endless possibilities that deliver on performance and price, are in-stock, and ready-to-ship! 

Receive 10% OFF your next order using CODE: CS21


Front of the House, Inc.
Booth 512
[email protected]


Mobile mixology & more

Forbes contemporary Foss Mixology Cart is sure to make a statement. 

The Elite Foss Mixology Cart features white or black polyethylene work surface, wood veneer finish, brushed Stainless Steel tube frame, and two sliding speed rails, drink presentation platform, gallery rails on middle and base shelves, two customizable ice compartments, Stainless Steel drip tray, built-in condiment station, glass rinser, flip-out amenity drawer, adjustable glass dividers on center shelf, built-in Mixology tool storage, and 4" wheels. 

Forbes will also be showcasing: Century rolling display, Rustica rolling display and family of products, new luxury woven material skins for its Mystique bar, and portable catering & cocktail tables. In addition, mobile mixology carts, grab & go stations, Lightening charging tables, Revolution cafe tables, mobile martini bar, deluxe back bar, Multilok (indoor/outdoor) dance floor, and the Rustica Family of products (i.e., mobile bar, podium, wall partition).

Forbes Industries
Booth 721 
[email protected]

See you in Miami!


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