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Spelling it out: The Opening General Session of TSE + Catersource 2020.

The Special Event + Catersource 2020 Debuts in Vegas

The Special Event + Catersource 2020 has a boffo debut in Las Vegas, treating attendees to a slate of education sessions, showcasing events, and a blockbuster opening session.

The Special Event + Catersource—co-locating for the first time—had a boffo debut in Las Vegas Wednesday, treating attendees to a slate of education sessions, showcasing events, and a blockbuster opening session.

Some 20 different acts took the stage at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the kick-off event, from high-flying “Elvis” characters to showgirls to a daredevil roller-skating duo.

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Cyndie Spiegel helps attendees tap into their potential.

Keynote speaker Cyndie Spiegel helped attendees understand the difference between competition and collaboration, and offered specific steps for reaching out to potential collaboration partners. She then stepped into the audience to pair up event professionals as collaboration partners.

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The team from HeadLimes shows off its cheeky lime-squeezer cocktail picks.

Wednesday also saw the opening of the show floor, offering a wide array of products and services for event pros and caterers. Exhibits are open today until 5 p.m.

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The boys from Gastro Garage heat things up on the show floor.

A highlight of the show floor is the Tabletop Gallery, which features five dramatic tabletop designs. This year’s winner is “Muse” from MGM Resorts Event Productions.

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'Muse' from MGM Resorts Event Productions--an exploration of creativity--riffs on artist Jeff Koons' famed 'Balloon Dog.'

On Tuesday, attendees had the chance to visit new event venue AREA 15.

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What's a little water? Guests dance between the raindrops at the Opening Night Party.

Thursday’s show roster will include Michael Cerbelli’s “The Hot List,” the Leadership Lunch at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, and Awards Night, presenting the Gala Awards, ACE Awards, and ICA Catie Awards.

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