The Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow floor will feature hundreds of exhibitor displays, plus interactive demos, an opportunity to taste some of the best catering-tailored foods in the world, and a chance to witness live competitions, some inspired by popular culinary competitions on cable and broadcast networks. The Catersource and Event Solutions Tradeshow floor will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10 and 11, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information and to register for Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow, visit catersource.com/conference-tradeshow.
Participation is encouraged in special areas throughout the tradeshow, featuring educational classes, hands-on experiences and tastings.
Spectacular Sweets Pastry Showcase: Six of the country's top pastry chefs will show off their unique talents in a showcase featuring molded chocolate ideas, decorating demos, sugar techniques and more.
Culinary / Innovation Stage: This stage will feature presentations focused on culinary trends and techniques, social media, technology, and inspired event designs.
The Tasting Bar: New to 2015, the Tasting Bar hosts sessions for attendees to sample chocolate, herbs, coffee and more. Each session is limited to 50 "tasters," so early arrival is encouraged.
Hands-on Demo Arena: This action stage area holds classes that teach how to set up and execute a plated dinner, how to set the dining room efficiently, design tricks for menu cards and place cards, platter and passed appetizer garnishes, food photography, and more.
The premier marketplace for ideas and inspiration, the award-winning Catersource and Event Solutions Tradeshow provides a comprehensive collection of innovative products and services for caterers and event planners. The Tradeshow is open to all event pass holders. To see the full list of exhibitors, visit catersource.com/2015-exhibitors.
Catersource and Event Solutions will produce four competitions designed to test the limits of contestants, who are proven leaders in the event planning and catering world.
Diced Culinary Competition: Armed with a mystery basket of ingredients, six skilled chef teams will face off in a high stakes culinary competition. Assigned a specific dish, each team will have 30 minutes to complete their creation and submit for judging.
Rapid Recipe Challenge: Inspired by Top Chef's Quickfire Challenge, talented chefs will be given a covert list of food items and just minutes to prepare and present their catering creation, along with their original recipe.
AFR Design Challenge: Back for the fourth year, the AFR Event Furnishings Design Challenge promises even more exciting design fun and inspiration. The stakes are high as industry designers Andy Hopper and David Twigger face off in a Wild West showdown.
Tablescape Contest: The annual Tablescape Contest challenges caterers and planners to create memorable tabletop designs through a unique use of materials and concepts. Voting will take place during the Tradeshow with the Best in Show winner announced at the Closing Session. America's Sassiest Lifestyle Guru, Steve Kemble, will also critique the entries and choose his favorite for the Kemble's Pick Award. Entries will be posted online for public voting and a Social Choice winner will be announced after the show.
Catersource will also host several lounges within the tradeshow for planners and caterers to network with like-minded professionals and meet the publications' expert contributors. In the Catersource Lounge, attendees can review entries from the ICA CATIE Awards and the Catersource ACE Awards. In the Event Solutions Lounge, see finalists and winners for the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards.
Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow, the world's premier event for catering and events professionals will welcome thousands of attendees from around the globe March 8-11, 2015 at Caesars Palace and the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.