Welcome!

News Feed Item

Three Industry Awards to Honor the Best in Catering & Events

The world's best caterers and event pros will be recognized at the 2014 Catersource Conference & Tradeshow.

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --This March, three prestigious awards recognizing the best in the catering and events industry will be presented together in one colorful evening.

Winners of the 2014 Catersource ACE Awards, Event Solutions Spotlight Awards and ICA CATIE Awards will be announced at the "La Vie en Couleur" awards gala, during the 2014 Catersource Conference & Tradeshow, March 23-26 in Las Vegas.

The La Vie en Couleur Industry Awards Celebration is March 26, 7-10 p.m., Paris Hotel Las Vegas. Read on for a full listing of this year's finalists for each award.

2014 ACE FINALISTS
The Catersource Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Awards recognize companies in the catering industry that have shown noteworthy achievement throughout the year in culinary, business, and community and professional development. This year's winners will represent three geographic regions, which are broken down by annual revenue.

EAST
Over $2 million
Connecticut Wedding Group, Middletown, CT
The JDK Group, Camp Hill, PA
SAVOR…Chicago at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Sensational Host, Maple Shade, NJ
Thomas Caterers of Distinction, Indianapolis, IN

Under $2 million
Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, Gasport, NY
Blue Elephant Events and Catering, Saco, ME
Exclamations Catering, Greensboro, NC
Scranton's Restaurant and Catering, Pascagoula, MS

WEST
Over $2 million
24 carrots, Irvine, CA
Footers Catering, Denver, CO
Powers Ventures, Rochester, MN
Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, CA
VT Group, Portland, OR

Under $2 million
Attitude on Food, Omaha, NE
Green Apple Events & Catering, Kirkland, WA
La Bonne Cuisine Catering & Events, Oakland, CA
LeCroissant Catering, Salt Lake City, UT

INTERNATIONAL
Over $2 million
Culture Royale Catering, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Forum Company, Johannesburg, South Africa
Orange Clove Catering, Singapore
Vicky Crease Catering and Events, Johannesburg, South Africa
Zest Cozinha Criativa, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Under $2 million
3 na Cozinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
By Word of Mouth, Johannesburg, South Africa
Lemaitre Catering, Bogota, Colombia
Seventh Heaven Event Catering, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Whistler Cooks Catering, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

2014 SPOTLIGHT FINALISTS
Event Solutions Spotlight Awards are dedicated to recognizing the best and the brightest event professionals in the industry. The 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
Song Division, represented by Andy Sharpe
MGM Resorts Events, represented by Barry Morgan
Hypnotist, The Incredible Boris, represented by Boris Cherniak
The Company Men, represented by Stuart Ambrose
AAMusicians.com, represented by Alan Andai

Event Site of the Year
1111 Lincoln Road, represented by Denise Grant
Vibiana, represented by Amy Knoll Fraser
Podawatomi Bingo Casino, represented by Kaelyn Cervero
Colorado Mountain Weddings, represented by Eric Helmick
The Temple House, represented by Daniel Davidson

Event Company of the Year
Gavin Rajah Concept, represented by Gavin Rajah
MGM Resorts Events, represented by LynnAnn Martin
Russell Harris Event Group, represented by Russell Harris
Something New Events, represented by Eska Bauman Paumier
Blueprint Studios, represented by Mircea Manea
Azimut – creating emotions, represented by Dario Cherubino

Event Supplier of the Year
Blueprint Studios, represented by Mircea Manea
Greenscape Design & Decor, represented by Corinne Kessel
Over the Top Rental Linens, represented by Beth Glassman
Vicky Crease Catering, represented by Vicky Crease
ATIV Software, represented by Silke Fleischer

Rental Company of the Year
Blueprint Studios, represented by Mircea Manea
J&S Audio Visual, represented by Hudson Barnes
Over the Top Rental Linens, represented by Beth Glassman
Party Reflections, represented by Dan Hooks
Event Source, represented by John Bibbo, Jr.

Technical Support Company of the Year
No Static AV, represented by Dave Meeks
Corser Inc, represented by John Corser
Onstage Systems, represented by Hyacinth Belcher

Corporate Planner/Producer of the Year
Gavin Rajah, Gavin Rajah Concept
Sarah LaMar, Invest Financial Corporation
Sara Gorlick, Rakuten
Vernice Hunt, FedEx Services
Alfred Vagnini, Powerstation Events

Designer/Creative Director of the Year
Jose Graterol, Jose Graterol Designs, Inc.
Joe Mineo, Something New Events
Natasha Frankowski, Greenscape Design and Decor
Kristin Banta, Kristin Banta Events
Bart Kresa, BartKresa Design

Event Planner of the Year
Georgia Watson, Georgia Watson Events, Inc.
Shelley Johnson, SLJ Productions Inc.
Kristin Banta, Kristin Banta Events
Russell Harris, Russell Harris Event Group
Nahid Farhoud, Wedding Elegance by Nahid

Event Producer of the Year
Shelley Johnson, SLJ Productions Inc.
Gavin Rajah, Gavin Rajah Concepts
Edgardo Spano, Seventh Heaven Event Catering
David Horen, Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations
Nnena Nchege, DIRM LLC

Organizational Planner of the Year
Quinn Bruster, CGMP, National Archives
Jen Poyer, CSEP, Catalina Island Conservancy
DeAnn Hartman, Association of Washington Cities
Matt Piede, Rochester General Hospital Foundation
Laura O'Sullivan, University of Notre Dame

Floral Designer of the Year
Nico Cervantes, NLC Productions
Jose Graterol, Jose Graterol Designs, Inc.
Saeed Babaeean, The Empty Vase
Bisli Vazquez, Bisli Event Services
Inna Savlik, Butterfly Floral & Event Design

Rising Star, Male
Matt Piede, Rochester General Hospital Foundation
Xander Castro, Campus Club
DJ Sterling, Sterling Vission
Rob Barber, Atomic Design
Don Blyler III, The JDK Group
Joshua Aldama, MGM Resorts Events

Rising Star, Female
Jessica Zeidler, A Joy Wallace Catering, Design & Special Events
Davia Lee Montoya, Davia Lee Events
Casey Muller, Pink Diamond Events
Elizabeth Holden, Art of the Event
Silke Fleischer, ATIV Software

2014 CATIE FINALISTS
The spirit of the Catered Arts Through Innovated Excellence Awards (CATIES) is to recognize achievement of exemplary food production at an event.

Best Hors D'oeuvre
Catering By Design
Empyrean Events & Catering
Purple Onion Catering

Best Plated Menu
Daniel et Daniel Event Creation & Catering
The Ginger Grape
Vicky Crease Catering

Best Main Course Plate Presentation
A Thyme to Cook
PR Creative – Kadaffi Lamb
PR Creative – Spring Pea Soup with Beet Tartar

Best Dessert
The Ginger Grape - Edible Snow Globe
The Ginger Grape – Midnight Swim Lanterns
PR Creative Caterers

Best Celebration Cake
Mitchell's Catering & Events
PR Creative Caterers
The Purple Onion Catering

Best New Food Concept
Catering by Design (CO)
Catering by Michaels
Vertigo Catering

Innovative Mixology
Blue Plate Catering
Empyrean Events & Catering
Thomas Caterers of Distinction

Best Tablescape Design
By Word of Mouth
LeCroissant Catering

Best Barbecue or Picnic Menu
Added Touch Catering
Culinary Capers Catering & Special Events
Vicky Crease Catering

Best Buffet Presentation & Menu
Catering by Design (CO) – Legends of Rock
Catering by Design (CO) – Soul Kitchen
Vicky Crease Catering

Chef of the Year
Chef Eric Kopelow – Universal Studios Hollywood
Chef Paul Larson – Blue Plate Catering
Chef Karen O'Connor – Daniel et Daniel Event Creation & Catering

Signature Caterer for Best Multiple Day Event
By Word of Mouth
Catering By Michael
Vicky Crease Catering

Signature Caterer for Best Wedding
Culinary Crafts
Daniel et Daniel Event Creation & Catering|
Kathy G. & Company

Signature Caterer for Best Event
Great Events Group
The JDK Group & Feastivities Events
Vicky Crease Catering

Caterer of the Year
Catering By Design (CO)
Puff N Stuff Catering
Zilli Hospitality Group

To attend the 2014 Catersource Conference & Tradeshow as a media representative, please email Eve Daniels at [email protected] with your request and credentials.

About Catersource: Catersource Magazine, Conference & Tradeshow is dedicated to the education and growth of the professional caterer. Through our educational offerings, you can be a part of the largest resource network relevant to your business.

Media contact: Eve Daniels, [email protected]

SOURCE Catersource

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st Int\ernational Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enzu’s mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive advantage. By offering a suite of proven hosting and management services, Enzu wants companies to focus on the core of their ...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
"Tintri focuses on the Ops side of the DevOps, which basically is pushing more and more of the accessibility of the infrastructure to the developers and trying to get behind the scenes," explained Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Both SaaS vendors and SaaS buyers are going “all-in” to hyperscale IaaS platforms such as AWS, which is disrupting the SaaS value proposition. Why should the enterprise SaaS consumer pay for the SaaS service if their data is resident in adjacent AWS S3 buckets? If both SaaS sellers and buyers are using the same cloud tools, automation and pay-per-transaction model offered by IaaS platforms, then why not host the “shrink-wrapped” software in the customers’ cloud? Further, serverless computing, cl...
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, paneli...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), provided an overview of various initiatives to certify the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldwide re...
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, discussed some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and related how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material was delivered interac...
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. ...
It is ironic, but perhaps not unexpected, that many organizations who want the benefits of using an Agile approach to deliver software use a waterfall approach to adopting Agile practices: they form plans, they set milestones, and they measure progress by how many teams they have engaged. Old habits die hard, but like most waterfall software projects, most waterfall-style Agile adoption efforts fail to produce the results desired. The problem is that to get the results they want, they have to ch...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Doug Vanderweide, an instructor at Linux Academy, discussed why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers wit...