Le Croissant Catering & Events in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Purple Onion Catering in Washington, D.C., were among the prestigious winners of ICA Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence (CATIE) Awards, presented by the International Caterers Association (ICA) at the Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow 2016 in Las Vegas.
Le Croissant Catering won for best dessert, and Purple Onion Catering won best celebration cake.
Founded in 1995, Le Croissant Catering has continually grown over the years. Owner Pat Slade began working as a caterer in St George, Utah, more than 40 years ago. She later moved to Salt Lake City and began her own business, Pat’s Weddings. John and Kelly Lake, partners and owners today, have worked with Slade for more than 30 years.
Over the past few decades, Purple Onion Catering has evolved into one of Washington, D.C.’s most successful catering and event planning teams. Margot Jones launched Purple Onion Catering in 1990.
More than 30 leaders across the catering and events community were honored March 15 at the Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow's (CSES2016) POPalooza! Industry Awards Celebration. The three annual awards presented include the CATIE Awards, Catersource's Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Awards, and Event Solutions' Spotlight Awards.
"Winners of these three industry awards epitomize the best in catering and events, as the business leaders and creative innovators shaping the industry," said Catersource and Event Solutions brand director Ron Bigley.
Other award winners were as follows:
Best Barbeque or Picnic Menu: Culinary Crafts
Best Buffet Presentation & Menu: A Taste of Elegance Catering & Events
Best Celebration Cake: Purple Onion Catering
Best Dessert: Le Croissant Catering & Events
Best Hors d'oeuvre: Thomas Caterers of Distinction
Best Main Course Plate Presentation: Le Croissant Catering & Events
Best Plated Menu: The JDK Group
Best Food Trend Incorporation: Crave Catering
Best Table Scape Design: Le Croissant Catering & Events
Signature Caterer for Best Wedding: The JDK Group
Signature Caterer for Best Multiple Day Event: Culinary Capers
Innovative Mixology: Empyrean Events and Catering
Signature Caterer for Best Event: Zilli Hospitality Group
Chef of the Year: Robin Selden, Marcia Selden Catering
Caterer of the Year: Santa Barbara Catering
Catersource Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Awards: These awards recognize companies that have shown noteworthy achievement in the catering industry through culinary, business, community, and professional development. Finalists were chosen to represent the best in each of these three geographic regions: East, West, and International.
East, $2 million +: Forte Belanger
East, $2 million and below: JPC Event Group
West, $2 million +: Footers Catering
West, $2 million and below: Catering with a Twist
International, $2 million +: By Word of Mouth
Event Solutions Spotlight Awards: Dedicated to recognizing the best and the brightest event professionals in the industry, these awards are presented in a variety of categories and honor both individuals and companies for their body of work in the previous year.
Entertainment of the Year: MGM Resorts Event Productions
Event Company of the Year: CL22 Productions
Event Site of the Year: Vibiana
Event Supplier of the Year: Images by Lighting
Rental Company of the Year: All Occasions Event Rental
International Event Company of the Year: Gavin Rajah Concept
Corporate Event Planner/Producer of the Year: Sara Gorlick, Rakuten Group
Designer/Creative Director of the Year: Jose Graterol, Jose Graterol Designs
Event Planner of the Year: Kristin Banta, Kristin Banta Events
Floral Designer of the Year: Jose Graterol, Jose Graterol Designs
Innovator of the Year: Kate Patay, CPCE, Creative Coverings
Rising Star: Natasha Frankowski, PartyArt Design