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Celebrating Catering and Event Planning Excellence: Catersource + The Special Event Host Prestigious Awards Ceremony

In a spectacular gala that brought together the industry's finest, Catersource + The Special Event presented an evening of recognition and celebration at their prestigious Awards Ceremony on February 15, 2024, held at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX. This much-anticipated event marked a celebration of excellence within the catering and events community.

The Awards Ceremony (recognizing the ACE, Gala, CATIE and Leadership award recipients), a cornerstone of the Catersource + The Special Event Conference and Tradeshow, showcased the amazing talent and creativity that sets the standard in the catering and events industry. Attendees included a dazzling array of professionals ranging from event planners and caterers to chefs and designers–all gathered to honor the exceptional work of their colleagues.

Award winners take the spotlight

The splendid evening saw the best of the best being called to the stage to accept accolades in various categories such as:

  • Culinary Awards: Recognizing innovative cuisine and exceptional culinary skills.
  • Design Awards: Celebrating creativity in event design and décor.
  • Innovation Awards: Acknowledging those who push the boundaries of the ordinary.
  • Leadership Awards: For the visionaries who have made significant contributions to the industry.

A gala night reflecting a commitment to excellence

Organizers of the event were thrilled with the turnout and the chance to shine a light on those who excel in their craft. "Each year, we strive to elevate our community by recognizing those individuals and businesses that go above and beyond," says Kathleen Stoehr, Director, Community & Content Strategy. "It's not just about one evening of applause; it’s about acknowledging the continuous hard work and innovation that these catering and event professionals bring to life every day."

We congratulate all of the winners and nominees for their achievements and for setting the bar high for the entire industry to aspire to. Here's to another year of extraordinary accomplishments, groundbreaking creativity, and the relentless pursuit of perfection that characterizes the world of catering and events.

About Catersource + The Special Event

With a history of providing exceptional educational programs, industry-leading conferences, and a showcase of cutting-edge trends, Catersource + The Special Event stands as a pillar of education and inspiration within the catering and event professions.

The combined conference offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity to network with peers, explore the newest trends, and learn from some of the most recognized names in the industry.

Join us for the next chapter

Looking to the future, Catersource + The Special Event will be planning for the next awards ceremony soon, which promises to be even more dazzling. For more information about the event and how to be a part of next year's spectacular gathering, please visit Catersource and The Special Event (



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