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Registration is Now Open for Catersource + The Special Event!

Registration, along with our popular “Confidence” rate (that is, you are so confident you will benefit that you are buying the pass without seeing the full conference and tradeshow line up), is now open! 

We can't wait to see you in Anaheim, CA, May 2–5, 2022!

The closest Catersource has gotten to California in its many years is Las Vegas, NV, but in celebration of its 30th year, well…the time is right to head to the city where magic happens!

A few wonderful things to report as we build our show:

Announcing our 2022 keynote

We are delighted to announce that Ms. Christina Matteucci, Executive Director for David Beahm Experiences, will keynote our Opening General Session. Ms. Matteucci received a standing ovation for her keynote at our Leadership Lunch in 2021 (at the W South Beach), attended primarily by owners and upper-level executives of some of the most important companies in the hospitality industry. Her message of teambuilding and support resonated incredibly well for our times, her anecdotes so wrapped into the fabric of what it means to be in hospitality…we knew she would be an apt choice to speak to the entire assembly. Mark the date for our Opening General Session: May 4, 2022 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Open of registration

Registration, along with our popular “Confidence” rate (that is, you are so confident you will benefit that you are buying the pass without seeing the full conference and tradeshow line up), will open with a soft launch on November 12. Keep up with details at

All of the extras

New in 2022, we will be offering a Catering Tour in addition to the popular Venue Tour offered by The Special Event! Enjoy an afternoon of behind the scenes visits on Monday, May 2 and receive actionable ideas to bring back to your own business. If you are interested in opening your catering kitchens to attendees, please contact [email protected]

Our very popular Showcasing Events will return once again on all four nights of the conference, as well as the return of the ACE awards, presented on Thursday evening, May 5. Applications for the ACE awards are now open through (Early Bird) 12/31/2021 and (Late Bird) 1/15/2022. Submit an entry in the ACE/Gala Awards platform here

As for the event venues, the Catersource + The Special Event team will be in Anaheim toward the end of October to visit spaces and talk to venue owners. If you are interested in having your venue considered for one of our flagship evening events, contact [email protected]

2022 Lifetime achievement award

Referencing the Leadership Lunch, our pool of candidates is being considered for the Michael Roman Lifetime Achievement Award. We are delighted to note that we will once again offer this incredible luncheon and ceremony in 2022, on May 5. Location TBD. 

Join us in Anaheim this May 2–5 to celebrate Catersource’s 30th anniversary of bringing industry leaders together!  

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.