Countdown to Catersource

 

Good morning from Las Vegas! After a day of travel and preparation, everyone is hard at work building up signage, training like crazy and making sense of the boxes and materials, and generally ensuring everything is in its right place. Everyone’s in a good mood this morning in anticipation of tomorrow, and we’re all hard at work building the store and stuffing totebags.

Erika Ferrigno models the staff T-shirt

Marybeth Petescia models the staff T-shirt. If you need to know where to go, look for one of these t-shirts and ask event staff.

After a day of travel and a big night out on the town (just kidding! I struggled to stay awake til 9pm, although I did get a balloon hat from Margaritaville), I’m just picturing attendees filling the ballroom level. The space is magnificent and huge, looking out over the gorgeous Garden of the Gods pool complex where our Sunday evening Welcome Reception and the Champagne On Ice SEARCH Fundraiser Event will be. If it seems like I’m just gushing right now, it’s because I’m more or less speechless with anticipation and astounded at how quickly everything is coming together.

We’re unloading the store, building registration booths, and getting the ballrooms set up for events. How are you preparing for Catersource this year? Are you flying today on a rowdy flight to Vegas? What are you most looking forward to? The sessions? Seeing old friends? Getting a ton of new ideas for the coming year? The party at PURE? Let me know you’re reading in the blog comments section– or just say hi at the conference.

Store guru Tina Niess (left) is oozing with knowledge of Catersource 2012 and won the quiz prize!

To get us all up to speed on conference happenings, yesterday we took a staff quiz filled with show knowledge. Sample questions: How many attendees will be at Catersource 2012?  8000. What anniversary is Catersource celebrating this year? It’s our 20th anniversary. Where is registration? On the 4th floor or Emperors Level of the Palace Tower, behind the escalators, and to the left when you get off the elevators. (If you see the store, keep going toward the windows.) Where and when is the Tradeshow? At the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, on Tuesday from 11am to 6pm, and on Wednesday from 9am to 2pm.

What’s up on Catersource Carvings for tomorrow? Stay tuned for the Show Daily, scheduled to go out to your inbox tomorrow morning, with the feature posted on this blog. You can also follow us on Twitter (@catersource_llc) and Facebook. We’ll also be updating our Pinterest page with shots from the show. There’s also PresdoMatch and the Catersource mobile app to help you keep track of who you meet and where to go. And I’ll try to get in another post before the end of the day, so you can follow along from home if you’re not in Vegas this year.

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