Catersource, a premier educational resource and expansive network for the catering and events industry, returns to Las Vegas in February 2018 for its 26th annual conference and tradeshow and announces Erik Wahl, best-selling author, artist and TED speaker, as the keynote presenter. The event will kick off with two days of in-depth educational sessions followed by an award-winning tradeshow floor with more than 300 trendsetting exhibitors, sponsors, culinary competitions, happy hours and tastings. The 2018 conference will take place February 18–20, at Caesar’s Palace, and the tradeshow will take place February 20–21, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For the second consecutive year, the Art of Catering Food (AOCF) will be hosted at the event from February 18 – 21, 2018. For additional information please visit:

Erik Wahl, an internationally recognized artist, motivational speaker, best-selling author and entrepreneur, will keynote at the event on Sunday, February 18. During his presentation titled, “The Spark and the Grind,” Wahl will discuss how structure creates freedom and, while on stage, produce two large format paintings that will be given away. His presentation will resonate with catering professionals of all kinds, including chefs, event planners, sales, marketing, owners and managers. 

“Disruption is the new normal, and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion or risk being left behind,” says Erik Wahl, artist, bestselling author and Catersource keynote speaker. “I am thrilled to present at Catersource 2018, inspire organizations to be increasingly agile and teach them how they can implement disruption to gain a competitive advantage.”

“Erik can shock the fading pulse of an employee workforce and also understands how beauty and creativity are essential to the communities he addresses,” said Kathleen Stoehr, director of community and content strategy, Catersource. “We are delighted to have him present his ideas to our attendees, who represent not only the business side of hospitality but also the creative individuals who orchestrate the catering and event experience, making Erik a terrific fit as our keynote for Catersource 2018.”

For the second year in a row, Catersource will run alongside Art of Catering Food, a focused culinary immersion program for chefs and catering kitchen staff. The intensive conference provides inspiration through in-depth and specialized content for recipe and staff development, kitchen techniques and trends. Attendees will be able to sample various cuisines while watching chefs prepare live on stage. This co-located, boutique conference is an opportunity for AOCF attendees to create lasting friendships and connections, learn from some of the top chefs in the nation and implement the knowledge they take away from the conference in their everyday work. 

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