Olive and I are just returning from a week in Las Vegas after attending the Catersource 2011 Conference & Tradeshow.

It was an amazing week spent at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  We had a chance to see many old friends and to make a bunch of new ones.  We attended as many learning sessions as we could for four days, learning from and listening to leaders in our industry like Meryl & Andy Snow of Feastivities, Jen Delaye of The JDK Group, Joanne Purnell & Dan Smith of Good Gracious! and Jack Milan & Ken Barrett of Different Tastes.  We perused the massive tradeshow held at the Las Vegas Convention Center for new and exciting products we could bring home to Cape Cod.

The view from the Balcony of Olive's room at the Cosmopolitan

On the last day of the convention & tradeshow, both Olive and I attended the annual meeting of the International Caterers Association which was held on the tradeshow floor.  During the meeting, Olive, who has sat on the Board of Directors since 2010, was surprised by the outgoing President of the ICA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  Olive was also officially made treasurer of the ICA at the end of the meeting and will serve a two year term in that position.


It's official ~ Olive is treasurer of the ICA!

We can definitely say that what happened in Vegas over the last week will not stay in Vegas.  We are looking forward to incorporating what we learned into as many of our 2011 weddings as we possibly can!