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Catersource and The Special Event

Early Bird Rates end January 26!

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February 12-15, 2024
Austin Convention CenterAustin, TX


March 26 & 27, 2023

Experience the Art of Catering Food (AOCF), an event designed for chefs, and taught by chefs. Over the course of two days leading into Catersource + The Special Event, you’ll connect with experienced catering chefs sharing new culinary techniques, the latest trending ingredients, food costing, and everything else you need to need to turn your menus into works of art.


Whether you are looking for ways to enhance your operations or want to liaise with, and learn from, and see what catering chefs around the country are doing to appeal to new clients, the Art of Catering Food has something for you!

During this two-day program, you’ll discover:


The AOCF education program will introduce you to new ingredients, fresh ideas for menus, recipes, and stations, and give insight into upcoming trends, with no lack of boundaries placed on culinary inspiration. PLUS, you’ll get to sample catering-tested dishes during live education sessions and take the recipes home with you!

Tours & Toasts

AOCF also takes learning out of the classroom to give you a unique look at catering trends in action. On Monday afternoon, tour some of the most progressive catering kitchens in the Orlando area; Monday night, head to Connect Live to discover new techniques, creative ingredients and products, and connect with like-minded chefs from around the world.


Whether in an education session, during scheduled activities, or at the Sunday lunch and learn, you’ll meet hundreds of caterers that will inspire you with new ideas and tips to enhance your operations and lead your company to success.

Agenda Snapshot


Sunday, March 26

  • 9:00am: Welcome to AOCF
  • 9:15 - 11:40am: Content Sessions, Product Sessions + Networking Break
  • 11:40am Lunch & Learn
  • 1:00 - 3:45pm: Content Sessions, Product Sessions, Networking Break + ICA Welcome
  • 3:45pm: Day 1 Wrap Up
  • 4:00pm: Cocktail Reception

Get Involved!

Sponsor the Art of Catering Food to get face-to-face with your buyers.

Leading into Catersource

In 2023, the Art of Catering Food will kick off prior to Catersource. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet ALL of your potential buyers in one place.

Educate & Enlighten

Elevate your experts—before, during, and after the show—to our engaged online and in person audience. Build your position as a credible thought leader.

Grow Your Brand

The Art of Catering Food audience has decision making authority, making this your opportunity to gain credibility as a leading industry supplier among powerful buyers.