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Who's News in Catering for December 24, 2022

Hot Off the Presses

At a recent executive summit hosted by Funky’s Catering Events in Cincinnati, OH, the Leading Caterers of America, comprised of top catering and event companies throughout the United States and Canada, met to discuss the state of the industry—and to celebrate new member companies who joined the group in 2022.  

New members include: 

In addition, shortly after the meeting concluded, LCA welcomed Great Performances of New York, NY to join beginning in January 2023. All potential members are vetted first via a stringent list of criteria, as well as by executive director Carl Sacks and a steering committee representing four regions of the U.S. plus one additional floating member.    


The Board of Trustees of the ICAEF are proud to announce the recipients of scholarships to attend the 2023 Catersource or Art of Catering Food conferences. Scholarships are awarded based on the potential impact attending Catersource or The Art of Catering Food will have on the applicant’s career in catering.  Congratulations everyone! 

  • The Sterno Emerging Star Scholarship  Jessica Medina, Curator Catering, Las Vegas, NV

  • The SB Value Scholarship Leslie Tucke: Gala of Gourmet LLC, Dublin, PA

  • The Sysco Feeding the Future of Food Service Scholarship: Jaime Peterson, Saz's Hospitality Group, Milwaukee, WI

  • The Total Party  Planner Scholarship: Darcie Dostal, Blue Plate, Chicago, IL

  • The American Metalcraft Scholarship: Brianne Levy, CBK Catering and Events, Tampa, FL

  • The Catering by Design Scholarship for Creative Events: Brooke Billings, Hamby Catering & Events, Charleston, SC

  • The Linda & Rob West Better Business Scholarship: Stephanie Block, Marcia Selden Catering, Stamford, CT

  • The Mary Crafts Culinary Crafts Scholarship: Jessica Lehrer, Adam & Joe's Gourmet Eatery, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • The Antoinette & Alfred Frungillo Scholarship: Paige Shaffer, Footers Catering, Arvada, CO

  • The MIBE Scholarship: Gina Franklin, DRF Catering, LLC, Clio, MI

  • The Chef David Keener Memorial Culinary Scholarship: Karly Guyott, Attitude On Food, Omaha, NE

  • The Elizabeth Mom Jones "Inspired" Scholarship: Christina Pancheri, Solace Catering Group, San Diego, CA

  • The Chef Reinhard Jacob Memorial Scholarship: Arturo Medina, Curator Catering, Las Vegas, NV

  • The Nate Brancato Memorial Scholarship: Jenny Bast, Catering Creations, Omaha, NE

  • The Byron Conrad Brown Scholarship: Madeline Farrell, The JDK Group, Camp Hill, PA

  • The ICA Lon Lane Leadership Scholarship: Taylor Ratley, Hamby Catering, Charleston, SC

  • The David Meckstroth Creativity Scholarship Fund: Phuoc Vo, CBK Catering & Events, Tampa, FL

  • The Donna & John Barsotti Common Plea Catering Scholarship: Jhonattan Jordan, Dish Food and Events, Brooklyn, NY

  • The Dr. Dave McDowell Conviviality Scholarship: Ciara O'Connor, Simply Fresh Events, Gaithersburg, MD

  • The Jim McMerty Scholarship: Ellanie Jamison,  Missouri Governor's Mansion, Jefferson City, MO

  • The Joann Roth-Oseary/Someone’s in the Kitchen Scholarship: Julia Bickley, Chef by Design Catering Co., Norfolk, VA

  • The Beets Hospitality Group Scholarship: Charles Gonzalez, Palmers Market and Catering, Darien, CT

  • The Good Gracious! Events Scholarship: David Kinney, Catering Creations, Omaha, NE

  • The Michael & Ansela Dopkin Scholarship Fund: Spencer McKinnon, The Chef's Table, Marshfield, MA

  • The STRIVE Scholarship: Michaela Wimer, Happy Day Catering, Lewiston, ID

  • The ICAEF Catersource Scholarship: Chelsea Rotter, Catering By Design, Denver, CO; Emily Sharp, Footers Catering, Arvada, CO; Amanda Levine, Partyman Catering, Avon, NY; Emily Sussman, Catering By Design, Denver, CO 

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Steeped Coffee, a Certified B Corp and Benefit Corporation, announced today it is partnering with purpose-driven coffee company Connect Roasters to bring the company’s popular coffees  to single-serve drinkers nationwide. Served to players in the clubhouse at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Connect Roasters is a notable addition to the 400+ specialty coffee roasters who use the Steeped Brewing Method to deliver single-serve benefits without any barriers. 



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