Catersource 2008/Event Solutions Idea Factory

This week I had the pleasure of attending the Catersource Conference and Tradeshow here in Las Vegas. Many people don't know what Catersource is all about so I'll explain with their tagline : The Greatest Gathering of Catering and Event Professionals in the World! Anyway, I actually heard about it from a link on The Perfect Wedding Guide where I also advertise and decided to do some research on it. Since I couldn't attend The Special Event in Atlanta, Georgia, I wanted to make sure I didn't miss a show in my own hometown!

Although originally geared towards catering professionals, the 5 day show was a wealth of knowledge for event professionals as well. It's helpful for my line of work to understand the operational side of catering. I felt like I was in college again taking courses on decor and design, marketing, wedding cakes, catering operations, wedding traditions from all around the world, writing proposals, and even green events!

Of course, the exhibit hall was also educational because I got to see all the new products. Many were unrelated (i.e. chafing dishes) since I do not run a catering operation. However, since I am a foodie and come from a food and beverage background, I stopped by all the booths and absorbed everything like a sponge. Of course, there was also plenty of tasty treats to sample along with Highland Harvest Organic Scotch!

The highlight of the conference for wedding professionals especially was Colin Cowie as the keynote speaker during the opening session. I didn't stay to get his autograph during his book signing but Tracey Kumer-Moore from Your Las Vegas Wedding Concierge did! Check out her blog for photos!

I've definitely got my calendar marked for next year's Catersource 2009!