Winners of Three Prestigious Industry Awards Programs Announced from Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow

Catersource ACE, ICA CATIE, and Event Solutions Spotlight Awards Honor Success and Significant Contributions to the Culinary and Event Design Community

Mar 15, 2016, 15:00 ET from Catersource and Event Solutions

MINNEAPOLIS, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 30 leaders across the catering and events community were honored today at the Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow's (CSES2016) POPalooza! Industry Awards Celebration. Recognizing top talent and achievements, the three annual awards presented include: International Caterers Association's (ICA) Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence (CATIE) Awards, Catersource's Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Awards, and Event Solutions' Spotlight Awards.

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"Winners of these three industry awards epitomize the best in catering and events, as the business leaders and creative innovators shaping the industry," said Catersource and Event Solutions Brand Director Ron Bigley. "We are honored to recognize them at CSES2016 and toast their success during the POPalooza! awards ceremony and champagne reception."

And the winners are:

ICA Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence (CATIE) Awards: Presented by the International Caterers Association (ICA), these awards recognize achievement of exemplary catered production at an event. 

  • Best Barbeque or Picnic Menu: Culinary Crafts
  • Best Buffet Presentation & Menu: A Taste of Elegance Catering & Events
  • Best Celebration Cake: Purple Onion Catering
  • Best Dessert: Le Croissant Catering & Events
  • Best Hors d'oeuvre: Thomas Caterers of Distinction
  • Best Main Course Plate Presentation: Le Croissant Catering & Events
  • Best Plated Menu: The JDK Group
  • Best Food Trend Incorporation: Crave Catering
  • Best Table Scape Design: Le Croissant Catering & Events
  • Signature Caterer for Best Wedding: The JDK Group
  • Signature Caterer for Best Multiple Day Event: Culinary Capers
  • Innovative Mixology: Empyrean Events and Catering
  • Signature Caterer for Best Event: Zilli Hospitality Group
  • Chef of the Year: Robin Selden, Marcia Selden Catering
  • Caterer of the Year: Santa Barbara Catering


Catersource Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Awards: These awards recognize companies that have shown noteworthy achievement in the catering industry through culinary, business, community, and professional development. Finalists were chosen to represent the best in each of these three geographic regions: East, West, and International.

  • East, $2 million +: Forte Belanger
  • East, $2 million and below: JPC Event Group
  • West, $2 million +: Footers Catering
  • West, $2 million and below: Catering with a Twist
  • International, $2 million +: By Word of Mouth


Event Solutions Spotlight Awards: Dedicated to recognizing the best and the brightest event professionals in the industry, these awards are presented in a variety of categories and honor both individuals and companies for their body of work in the previous year (2015).

  • Entertainment of the Year: MGM Resorts Event Productions
  • Event Company of the Year: CL22 Productions
  • Event Site of the Year: Vibiana
  • Event Supplier of the Year: Images by Lighting
  • Rental Company of the Year: All Occasions Event Rental
  • International Event Company of the Year: Gavin Rajah Concept
  • Corporate Event Planner/Producer of the Year: Sara Gorlick, Rakuten Group
  • Designer/Creative Director of the Year: Jose Graterol, Jose Graterol Designs
  • Event Planner of the Year: Kristin Banta, Kristin Banta Events
  • Floral Designer of the Year: Jose Graterol, Jose Graterol Designs
  • Innovator of the Year: Kate Patay, CPCE, Creative Coverings
  • Rising Star: Natasha Frankowski, PartyArt Design


Catersource and Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow is the world's premier event for catering and event professionals, welcoming thousands of attendees from around the globe March 13-16, 2016 at The Mirage and the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

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Jamie Miller
Catersource and Event Solutions PR

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