Events at the annual Conference & Tradeshow give you multiple ways to experience great information, learning opportunities and networking outlets as part of the overall Conference experience. While early details are not yet available, here is a run down of what we have planned:
Welcome Reception (included with registration)
End the first day of classes with a casual networking reception to welcome you to the Conference. Meet fellow attendees from around the globe and sample food and beverage selections as you mingle, network and make lasting connections.
Experience an interactive and fun rivalry as the Best of Las Vegas teams compete in a buffet design challenge that will incorporate top style, color, design and food trends.
During the buffet lunch, hosts Meryl and David will interview each team to review the trending concepts and ideas they have incorporated into their designs. Chef Paul Larson will also share what food trends would complement the buffet designs.
You’ll get to view the Trends Studio – a collection of inspirational ideas from industry leaders and trend-setting experts.
After lunch, you will also get access to view and vote on the Boxed Lunch Contest that is part of the Power Lunch!
Enjoy a plated lunch and real-time dialogue with members of the Catersource Consulting Unit and Leading Caterers of America as they share powerful insights on hot topics and offer valuable information on where to invest, how to grow wisely, who to hire, what is the industry forecast, why caterers need to be ready for the next step and more.
Your questions can be emailed before the lunch or texted on the spot and panelist will discuss your most relevant concerns and current challenges. You’ll take away business-savvy ideas and receive a whitepaper after the show covering the points discussed at the lunch.
You will also get to browse some creative ideas in our annual Boxed Lunch Contest and cast your vote for the winner. After the lunch, you’ll get access to view and vote on the Best of Las Vegas Buffet Contest that is part of the Trends Lunch!
Both lunches include access to the contest portion of the other lunch!
La Muse – Monday Night Party (ticket price $169)
Experience LA MUSE, the Monday night Catersource and Event Solutions showcase event, from the creators of Harmony at the Hard Rock, Pure Sensation and Tuesday Night at the Marquee.
Cade Nagy and Dan Smith of Catering by Design and By Design Event Décor have teamed up with Rob Barber and Brian Shaughnessy of Atomic to co-produce this year’s event. Having produced and contributed to many award-winning events, together they are sure to present another night of excitement for Conference attendees.
This year, they have called upon their MUSE; their Goddess of inspiration and source of creativity. Together they will bring you a magical, musical, remarkable journey celebrating song and love, power and sensuality, beauty and mystique and, of course, art and cuisine.
Come discover your MUSE at the most talked about party of the year.
The ever-popular Tablescape Contest returns once again to bring creative ideas to life! You’ll be inspired by the themes, unique use of materials and concepts set up by caterers and planners in this camera-worthy contest. PLUS: Celebrity planner David Tutera will return to discuss the designs and award the coveted Tutera’s Pick Award. Learn how to enter here
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Disrupt Your Status Quo Wedding Event (ticket price $169)
Presented by ISES
The weddings industry has become saturated with ‘a world of sameness’ and the only way to stand out is to disrupt the status quo. Presenter Cindy Novotny will challenge your present thinking, give your mind the ability to look at your products and services through different eyes and, in the end, send you home with a renewed sense of excitement for the coming year.
Cindy Novotny with Master Connection Associates has been a worldwide leader in sales, service and leadership training for the past 25 years. For the past 5 years she has become a sought after speaker, coach and consultant in the luxury weddings industry. Cindy will speak on how to change up your key messaging, sales approach and customer/employee interaction with disruptive energy!
7:00pm – 10:00pm
La Vie en Couleur
Industry Awards Presentation – General Seating (ticket price $39)
This is YOUR industry award show! Join us at the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards presentation during the Conference & Tradeshow. Presented alongside the Catersource ACE and ICA CATIE awards, this presentation will be attended by the Who’s Who of the events world and is a great opportunity to rub shoulders with and be a part of the leaders and innovators who are shaping the industry.
Awards Presentation- VIP Seating (ticket price$149)
Rub shoulders and mingle with finalists with reserved seating up front that includes a hosted cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres.