From Calm Reflections by Scott Conant to Bangin’ Harmony at the Hard Rock

Monday at Catersource is always a busy day. In addition to lunches and the Monday night party, we host the general session and hours of education. As an editor, it’s a little exhausting, but I can imagine what it must feel like as an attendee.

Mike Roman and Meryl Snow hosted the general session, where they presented the ACE awards to our awesome winners. Congratulations to all winners and finalists; the awards and nominations are much deserved! You will be hearing more from all of these talented companies on this blog, on Catersource.com and in Catersource magazine.

Scott Conant onstage at Catersource.

We heard Scott Conant talk about his past as a young chef who slept on the floor so he could work in the restaurants he wanted to work in and rose to the top on his own convictions. Conant was refreshing, calm and so inspiring. Is it ok if I say “like a cool drink of water?” Is that weird? In any case, after that speech I have even more admiration for Mr. Conant.

I stopped by the Xperience Stages and checked out the Servewise collection from FOH, who sponsored yesterday’s awesome collection of 30-minute sessions. I learned new branding tricks from The Knot’s Laura Cave and popped in to hear how Adam Gooch thinks it’s about time canapes had a resurgence.

Fifteen plated dinners were served up in the Grand Ballroom from chefs like Jamie Keating and our own culinary columnist, Stewart Lane. Steph Zilli outlined his picnic strategy (soon to come in Catersource magazine!) and top caterers packed the house for a discussion about cost-saving strategies in a time of rising food prices.

Fifteen Plated Dinners, featuring Salmon! Onstage at Catersource.

And then the Boxed/Buffet Lunches and Harmony Party? Oh gosh, I can’t even begin to talk about all the amazing things we saw yesterday right now. Read this blog, our Get Fresh newsletter and Catersource magazine in the coming months to find more ideas, recaps, images and more from the Conference and all our events.

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The Harmony Hot Wall, made possible by Cambro and American Metalcraft. “You can tell they’re hot because they’re moving,” said Bill Pannhoff gleefully last night.

All in all it was an amazing day… and there’s still more to come! See you on the Tradeshow floor, I guess, and at the Spotlight/CATIES, and perhaps while I’m on the Featured Speaker stage interviewing David Tutera. I’m definitely nail-bitingly nervous right now, but I’ll see you around the show!

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