Friday, March 6, 2009

Catersource Conference

Please excuse the quality of these photos, they were taken from slides at the Catersource conference in Las Vegas. I have attended this annual conference for the last 12 years and I always come back inspired and anxious to implement ideas learned from all of the extremely talented professionals that share their expertise. It always takes me weeks to decompress from the energy at this conference.

This photo is of a signature cocktail station where the bartenders work behind this bookcase and the guests pick up their cocktail from the shelves. What a great idea! This presentation was from Abigail Kirsch's team in New York.
This table setting was presented by Meryl Snow from Feastivities Events in Philadelphia PA. The colors were red, pink and light blue. It is hard to see the red, but the table cloth and napkin were red. The blue strips were wrapping paper!

One of the evening events was a faux wedding reception, catered by Culinary Crafts from Utah. I can not imagine having to produce an event in another state for a discriminating group of fellow caterers. Talk about a challenge! It was a cute idea complete with the bride & groom, their parents and freaky friends, and all the "drama" that we see at real receptions.

Artichoke and Parmesan Chicken Bites w/ Sundried Tomato Pesto & Chive

We were met with waiters passing hors d 'oeuvres.
Smoked Rocky Mountain Trout on Wild Rice Pancakes w/ Lemon Creme Fraiche

Skewered Chorizo and Baby Bakers w/ Shallot Grand Marnier Glaze

This movable cupcake buffet was circulating the crowd.

This presentation was from the groom's menu. Hot wings & lager. I passed on this one. I was really there to get some good photos and study the presentations.

Chef Carved racks of Pasture-raised Lamb w/ Cider Vinegar & Mint Marinade served atop Mediterranean Couscous and Cumin Plantain Chips

A dessert station in the round.

Honey-soy Marinated Sable Fish pan-seared and served over

wilted Spinach and Parsnip Puree

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