Hello from Minneapolis! It was a lovely, sleepy quiet weekend, but I’m back in the saddle, compiling my notes and getting all of the amazing things I learned ready for the coming year. You’ve probably been decompressing too, organizing your spreadsheets of tips and sharing what you’ve learned with your staff. And some of you have already compiled what you learned from the Conference & Tradeshow and shared it with your online readers. Here are all of the blog posts I’ve been able to find on 2012’s Catersource Conference & Tradeshow at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Rehearsal is bumping from the Palace Ballroom — they’re playing one of my favorite Beyonce songs — and everyone in the office is excited for tonight’s awards and final session with Tutera. I’m a little sad that the Conference is almost over… but I know it was an amazing opportunity to get to know so many readers, through this blog and in person. If I was able to connect with you, you’ll hear from me in the next week or so — I promise.
In the meantime, I’ve gotten enough material to write two years’ worth of magazines. I’ve learned a ton about catering and I’ve had so much fun.
I’m a big blog-posted out at this point, but stay tuned to this blog! I’m definitely going to be updating regularly (once a week! I hope!). I’ll definitely have some more show recaps over the coming weeks and months.
Also, thanks to Chelsea and Alex, who are amazingly helpful and talented photographers, and to Nan, Catersource’s VP of Marketing, who put together our Show Daily emails. And thanks again to all of our guests and speakers.
See you at the closing session!
]Today is a big day on the Tradeshow floor. If you haven’t been able to check out the Tabletop Competition, then be sure to head over after today’s judging. Just from the Tabletops alone, there are a lot of amazing ideas — treehouses, peacocks, a construction site — that definitely stand out from your average table setting. The colors are gorgeous, and the design, divine. Make sure you stop by and vote for your favorite — Tutera’s pick will be phenomenal, I’m sure, but make sure that your voice is heard!
YAWN. Oh, sorry. I’m just having a slower morning than usual, what with all that partying last night. The food was delicious, the virtual band was bangin, and the night was glorious, despite the early rain. (Rain? In the middle of the desert? What’s the deal?) But today there’s just as much planned, so head downstairs, grab a couple of cups of coffee, and get ready for…