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About The Catersource Conference & Tradeshow

Nothing goes together like food and events. It just made sense to bring the two shows together.

Event planners and caterers need each other. The Special Event + Catersource brings the entire event industry under one roof for an unparalleled immersive experience. Attendees have the opportunity to connect and have conversations with everyone within the events & catering ecosystem to help move the industry forward.

The combined event will bring together the most cutting-edge suppliers and the top industry professionals together to provide an unmatched opportunity to source, network and learn in one sensory-stimulating environment.

Two Conferences in One!

Catering Inspiration

Catering Stars

Catering Suppliers

May 2-5, 2022 | Anaheim Convention Center

About Catersource Conference & Tradeshow

For nearly three decades Catersource Conference & Tradeshow was the top destination for catering and event professionals in the United States, offering everything from experiential culinary workshops and contests to business leadership education sessions, a massive tradeshow, and networking events. Caterers are the stars of the show at the ACE (Achievement in Catering Excellence) awards which share the stage with the ICA CATIE Awards celebrating the best in catering. The official media publication for Catersource Conference & Tradeshow is CatersourceCatersource, owned by Informa Connect, engages the industry, builds community, and connects caterers to current and reputable products, information, and services relevant to their business. It includes Catersource magazine, various e-newsletters, the Candid Conversations by Catersource podcast, Leading Caterers of America Executive Summit, and the Art of Catering Food (co-sponsored by the International Caterers Association).

Ambassadors from Both Industries

We partner with the best of the best to consult our team of event chairs and committees to create world class experiences. We are thrilled to announce Norm and Pawntra as our 2022 Anaheim show ambassadors.

The team is working on creating the best conference yet. Sign-up to receive emails for updates like registration opening, savings deadlines, who's speaking and more!


Norm Bennett


24 Carrots

Pawntra Shadab CTA, CIS, CITP

Vice President

Elite Productions International

Hear from the team!

“As the catering and event planning industries evolve and increasingly intersect, we recognized the need for a single source of inspiration and expertise. We are thrilled to continue partnering Catersource with The Special Event, further enhancing the experiences of attendees and broadening the activations and conference content to better fit their needs.”

Kathleen Stoehr
Director of Community & Content Strategy, Catersource

“This is exciting news for all of our customers. By partnering with Catersource, we are creating a powerhouse event for catering and event professionals and suppliers; a true one-stop shop for education, exhibits, networking and innovation.” 

Tara Melingonis
Show Director, The Special Event