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Catersource and The Special Event
Feb 24 – 27, 2025
Broward County Convention CenterFort Lauderdale, FL

2024 Awards Program

It’s once again time to celebrate the best of the best at the 2024 Catersource ACE, Special Events Gala, and ICA CATIE awards! Join in the excitement and the spirit of our industry as we celebrate the hard work and exceptional accomplishments of our peers.

Nominee Reception 4:30 - 5:30pm, ACC Lobby
Ceremony 5:30 - 7:00pm, Keynote Stage

Admission to this event is free with any pass type.
Beverages will be available for purchase at bar.

ACE, Gala & Catie Awards

Achievement in Catered Events (ACE) Awards

The Catersource Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Award recognizes companies that have shown noteworthy achievement in the catering industry through culinary, business, community and professional development. 

GALA Awards

The Gala Awards competition honors outstanding work in special events worldwide. 

CATIE Awards

The spirit of the Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence Awards (CATIES) is to recognize achievements of exemplary production at an event. 

Michael Roman Lifetime Achievement Award

The Michael Roman Lifetime Achievement Award is named for the founder of Catersource, a person who uplifted others and whose vision, approachability, and passion for catering made him a dynamic force. Prior recent winners include Rosemary Kowalski, Roy Porter, Lon Lane, Lee Epting, and Warren Dietel.

The 2024 Michael Roman Lifetime Achievement Award goes to...

Mary Crafts
Culinary Crafts 

Special Events Gala Lifetime Achievement Award

The Special Events Gala Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented since 1986 and is the gold standard for those with robust careers in the events industry. Prior recent winners include Lenny Talarico, Connie Riley, Patti Shock, Sally Webb Barry, and Michael Cerbelli.

The 2024 Special Events Gala Lifetime Achievement Award goes to... 

Rob Barber
Vice President of Modular Systems + R&D 


Richard Carbotti Gala Award

The Richard Carbotti Gala Award recognizes those individuals who embody Richard’s longtime commitment to volunteerism. Recent prior winners include Kelly Murphy, Robin Selden, Larry Green, Susie Perelman, and Kate Patay. 

The 2024 Richard Carbotti Gala Award goes to...

World Central Kitchen

Awards Chair

Scott Frankel is the President of Animatic Media, an industry leader in event production and sought-after speaker at industry events. Animatic is a full-service event production company founded with the idea of offering agency-style service without the agency price tag.  Since 1996, Scott and his team have produced events for clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 conferences with thousands of attendees to smaller road shows and events.  Scott is an innovator in the event technology space and insists on perfection and flawless execution for all of his events. In 2020 Animatic Media relaunched their on-demand web service as Conference-On-Demand +LIVE, a full-service virtual/hybrid event platform for fully “produced” virtual events and will soon be introducing an Augmented Reality offering built for the live events industry.