This past week we sent four members from the Serendipity team to Las Vegas for the Catersource convention. Our team met with the top leaders in the catering and event planning industry. From top chefs, designers, event and wedding planners like Colin Cowie, florists, pastry chefs, and the who’s who of our industry. Our team immersed themselves in tradeshows, seminars, meet and greets, and book signings and came back inspired and ready to apply all the newly found knowledge and ideas to each of our unique events.
On the tradeshow floor, our event planners found new and exciting ways for table settings, the newest trends in glassware, florals, food displays, centerpieces, and linens. One of our favorite new trends are the floating vases filled with either flowers or candles for a whimsical centerpiece fit for any wedding or large event. We also enjoyed seeing many of the tradeshow booths going green, carrying products made from bamboo, and even fallen leaves.
Among many of the top talent speaking and teaching at Catersource, a huge highlight for our team was meeting one of New York’s most respected chefs, Scott Conant, from Food Networks “Chopped” and chef/owner of long-time critically acclaimed Scarpetta. His down to earth personality had our team engaged in his story, from sleeping on the floor of the restaurants he worked in early in his career and to his eventual well deserved rise to the top of New York’s competitive restaurant industry.
Food and Drink
On the food and drink side of this year’s convention, we saw many chefs experimenting with different salts and ancient grains like faro, quinoa, amaranth, and spelt. As the public’s curiosity towards food grows, chefs are continuing to see the rise in small bite plates, as this offers customers versatility and the ability to have many different choices at their events. For cocktails, we loved seeing the newest trend of different flavored, colorful salts and sugars used to rim drink glasses and amp up the flavor, with everything from rose hips to spices, and fresh herbs. This is one trend we look forward to seeing (and sipping) more of!