The Special Event & Catersource Join Forces for New 2020 Experience!

The Special Event, the premier conference and tradeshow for event professionals, in conjunction with Catersource, the world’s premier educational resource and expansive network for the catering and events industry, announced the launch of its inaugural co-located experience for catering and event professionals.


Show Ambassadors from Both Industries

Pam Howatt, Owner/Founder, Divine Events Catering and Events company and Proprietor’s Reserve wine bar


Lenny Talarico CSEP, CHE, Independent Event Producer and Hospitality Instructor


The Single Source of Inspiration, Networking and Expertise

The combined event will bring over 500 suppliers and 8,500 professionals together to provide an unmatched opportunity to source, network and learn in one sensory-stimulating environment.

The co-located event will showcase an expanded conference program for event professionals, venue managers, chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and business owners, featuring immersive and expert-led sessions ranging from professional certification to sales and marketing strategies and artistic food presentation.


Education You Know

The co-located event will bring The Special Event and Catersource education sessions under one roof, like David Merrell's Event Design Trends and Forecast with Co-host Susie Perelman.

Choose just The Special Event education, Catersource education, or both! 


An Impressive Show Floor 

The highly experiential exhibit hall, spanning 100,000 square feet will feature a broad array of suppliers and brand activations spanning décor, lighting, entertainment, food and beverage, technology, business services, tableware and linens, kitchen equipment and transportation, among others.


Hear From the Team!

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

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 create the first-ever combination event with The Special Event, further enhancing the experiences of attendees and broadening the activations and conference content to better fit their needs.

Scott Domiguez
Brand Director, Catersource

See you there!