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Registration is LIVE for Catersource 2021!

Wondering how to navigate Catersource Conference & Tradeshow education sessions? What does the co-location with The Special Event mean in regards to your education experience? 

Want to know who you should see and when? We have details for you here, from start of day on Tuesday, July 20 to end of day on Thursday, July 22. Read on!

You have a choice, and it’s a tempting one. Buy a Catersource pass, buy a TSE pass, or buy a Combined pass. How do you decide? Let us break it down for you in the simplest way we can.

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1.Catersource education pass

The Catersource education pass will give you access to all sessions on the Catersource side of the conference area, plus access to the “Bridge” stage, which stands at about the midpoint of the conference area (more on that in a minute). It also includes premier sessions such as the Opening General Session with keynote Pablos Holman on Wednesday morning, July 21, and Michael Cerbelli’s The Hot List™: 2021 on Thursday, July 22.

Your pass also gives you access to the entirety of the tradeshow floor, including access to all exhibitors and sessions on the The Special Event side of the tradeshow floor. Bigger experience, more to see: enough to keep you busy and engaged for three full days of conference and tradeshow!

2.The Special Event (TSE) education pass

A TSE education pass works almost exactly like the Catersource education pass does, just on the opposite side of the conference area. Enjoy access to all sessions on the TSE side, plus access to the “Bridge” stage, which stands at about the midpoint of the conference area. It also includes premier sessions such as the Opening General Session with Pablos Holman on Wednesday morning, July 21 and Michael Cerbelli’s The Hot List™: 2021 on Thursday, July 22.

This pass also allows access to the entirety of the tradeshow floor (including the Catersource side), with access to all exhibitors and sessions in the same way the Catersource pass does. 

3. Combined or All Access education pass

Of course, you can’t attend everything—there are way too many sessions between the conference and tradeshow floor over three days. But, if you’re up for the challenge and want access to both conference programs—go for it! Buy a Combined or All Access pass and move between the two conferences like the star you are. 

What are you doing to keep your attendees healthy and safe during the event? 

We want you all to know that we are keeping your health and safety at the conference top of mind. COVID-19 restrictions are continually changing but we confer with the Miami Beach Convention Center often to ensure we are apprised of all initiatives. Additionally, our own Informa AllSecure measures are taken very seriously. As for the event space at the convention center—it’s huge. We can easily distance and still have a robust attendance. 

If you want to review Informa AllSecure, go to You can also find it on our show websites. There are 10 initiatives, which include specifications surrounding cleaning and hygiene, physical distancing, and detection. 

What is the Bridge stage that was referred to earlier? 

The Bridge stage was first launched in 2020 to great success. Educational content on the Bridge stage contains a wonderful mix of topics we feel that—no matter what industry you are in, you can benefit from the information provided. So, whether it’s a discussion about diversity and inclusion; a session that teaches you how to embrace what is unique to only you; a stellar panel of industry greats offering trends and financial guidance post-COVID; or a colorful and inspiring demonstration on the latest floral trends—you will find it on the Bridge stage.

I really want to have no boundaries at this conference. Sounds like a Combined or All Access pass is the right one for me...but I also know there are going to be times when I want to be in two places at once. What are my options?

We do not restrict you from session hopping. If you find one is not right for you, or you want to vet two sessions in the same time slot, by all means, grab a seat near the back and move in and out of sessions at your leisure. This goes for whether you buy a Combined pass or a singular conference pass (that is, hop from varied sessions within the same conference—we won’t stop you!). Another option is to buy a separate audio recording package (which is also included as part of our All Access pass). Most of our speakers will allow audio taping of their sessions, which will give you a means to experience anything you missed—or want to revisit—after the show is over.  

What about all of the other sessions at the events? Where can I learn more about them?

Your best bet is to go to and breeze through the many confirmed sessions. You can log in and begin building a schedule of your “must attend” choices—which may also help you decide which pass you want to buy. Both Catersource and The Special Event sessions are on the site. Sort by pass, sort by conference, or look at the entirety.   

Kathleen Stoehr

Kathleen Stoehr is the Director of Community & Content Strategy for Informa Connect | Catersource and Special Events magazines, including all digital content for both websites and e-newsletter products. She also vets, hires, guides and coordinates all live education at Catersource Conference & Tradeshow, Art of Catering Food, Leading Caterers of America Executive Summit, and bridge content at The Special Event.