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The Special Event Shines in Anaheim

The biggest and best conference in the industry brings event and catering professionals from around the world together for three days of education, exhibits, and excitement

All photos courtesy of WASIO unless otherwise noted. 

The Special Event made its annual return this past May in Anaheim, California. May is a busy season for event planners, especially with weddings occurring at a record high (over 2.6 million anticipated, according to The Knot). Yet, an estimated 3,000 planners and caterers took the time to come learn from industry professionals, gather inspiration for events, and make connections with each other. “What a great and scary time to be in the event industry,” said Kathleen Stoehr, Director of Community and Content Strategy for CS+TSE. But throughout the week, planners learned that when we come together, share knowledge, and support each other, we can continue to create memorable events and do what we love. 

Each year, we like to look back at conference highlights. But first, we’d like to thank every attendee for making TSE an engaging and enjoyable experience, and we want to express our appreciation for our speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for not only making the conference possible, but making it the best it can be. Now, let’s look at The Special Event 2022. 

Registration will open soon for Catersource + The Special Event co-located conference in Orlando, Fla., March 27–30, 2023 at the Orange County Convention Center. Check for the latest on speakers, sessions, and events. 

Call for Speakers deadline is Friday, August 5 for both Catersource Conference & Tradeshow and The Special Event, which will be co-located in Orlando, Fla. March 27–30, 2023. Go to for conference information or to pitch a session topic. 

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