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Get Ready! Registration for Catersource + The Special Event is Now Open

All photos courtesy WASIO Faces/SpotMyPhotos unless noted otherwise


Was the Barbie movie a harbinger? Did I whisper something inspirational in Beyonce’s ear re: her Renaissance Tour costuming while assisting at her mother Tina’s star-studded fundraiser? Are people just experiencing Yellowstone withdrawal?  

What the heck is Kathleen talking about? 

Boots, buckles, and all things cowboy, my friends. Web searches for the words “cowboy hat” are up 117% according to Women’s Wear Daily and that’s not all. The western theme is hot, hot, hot and there is no better place to experience all that and more than in Austin, TX this February when Catersource + The Special Event rides hard into town for an incredible week unlike any other.

Registration is now open

The time is now to register at the best rates available to experience three days of conference sessions coupled with two full days of tradeshow exhibitions, opening and closing general sessions, awards ceremony, happy hour, and three evening events to keep you busy! All the major industry associations will be in attendance, conference sessions will allow attendees to keep their accreditations current, and “surprise and delight” installations are in the works to keep your social posts snappy. 

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CS+TSE entertainment favorite The Company Men dazzled the crowd at the 2023 Closing Night Celebration.

Get your entries in!

In March 2023, we ushered in one of the most heartwarming and empowering awards galas ever. Tears were shed, beautiful crystal awards were held high with pride, and the energy was overwhelmingly positive. We expect nothing less in 2024, when we present ACE, Gala, and CATIE awards alongside some very deserving leadership and lifetime achievement awards. There is still about a month to enter your best work into our ACE and Gala portal, so head on over there now to get it done! We want to celebrate you!

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Joann Roth-Oseary presents the 2023 Richard Carbotti Volunteerism Award to Kate Patay (SEARCH Foundation).

Watch this space

As the month of September ends and October begins to say ‘hello’, sessions will begin to populate the conference schedule. What might you see first? Perhaps an Opening General Session keynote? Maybe a few key sessions to tantalize? While we generally do not release the entirety of the schedule until after the super early bird rate has passed, we don’t want to leave you completely hanging. Every week brings something new! 

Attendees at CS+TSE 2023 were met with boots, buckles, and all things cowboy at The Event Escape: Uncover Austin, TX Room.

Welcome to Austin, TX!

Of course, the city has more to offer than boots and buckles; it has an incredible music history as the Live Music Capital of the World, offers sumptuous food with barbecue as its backbone, and is the Texas state capital. Book your hotel room early using this link via Convention Housing Partners. Come early, stay late—enjoy your week at Catersource + The Special Event! 

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