The excitement is palpable down the long hallways of the Mirage: Catersource has begun.
Attendees hovered around Show Guides and planned out their days, trickling into the opening sessions and then hitting the Conference with a Big Bang right at noon. We heard about Haute Food Trends (oats, anyone?) and the keys to retaining Rock Star Staff (comp time to counteract long days).
Vigorously taking notes at sessions and making new friends, most attendees revved up throughout the day. A session on company culture from Footers Catering in Denver, CO was packed to the brim as Anthony Lambatos and Colbert Callen shared their tales of awesomeness. In fact, many of the sessions that attracted large numbers of attendees were operations- and staff-focused. We haven’t written about staff culture recently in Catersource, but the Conference trends make me think that it’s something worth addressing.
I also met caterers of all stripes: those from military facilities, several from hotels around the globe, off-premise, educators, students, restaurants with a catering division… all come together to learn from each other and from the pros.
The day culminated with two intensely cool social events: the Into the Wild party in the Attendee Lounge and the Welcome Reception by the pool. Sponsors WNA and Tablecraft provided fantastic disposables and buffetware (respectively) We chatted, shared experiences and wound down. I got tons of ideas for the magazine today; here’s hoping you gained just as many for your business.