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Catersource Announces Industry Powerhouses as Opening Session Speakers

December 18, 2018

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Catersource, the world’s premier educational resource and expansive network for the catering and events industry, today announced that its influential lineup of opening speakers will include Paul Saginaw, Co-Founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Erle Dardick, CEO & Founder of Monkey Group, and Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef. Together, these industry powerhouses will discuss insights that will ignite change and excitement in the way we think about catering, events, and the foodservice industry based on their personal experience. The presentations will take place from 4:45pm – 5:45pm CT on Sunday, February 24, 2019. To register as press for Catersource, please visit: conference.catersource.com/press-registration.

Opening Session Speakers: Paul Saginaw, Co-Founder and CSO of Zingerman’s Community of Business will kick off the conference with his presentation, A View from Above: The Concept of Open Book Management & Workplace Culture. In this lively TED-style presentation, Saginaw will discuss financial management and its impact on the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.

Known for his expertise in assisting multi-unit restaurants create successful catering channel revenues, Erle Dardick, the CEO & Founder of Monkey Group will then take the stage for his presentation, Future Vision: The Off-Premise Paradigm Shift, to discuss how on-demand technology, third party delivery services, call centers, and logistics companies are impacting the ever-changing foodservice industry.

Sean Sherman, founder of The Sioux Chef and the charitable organization NATIFS.org, has revitalized and created awareness of indigenous foods systems within a modern culinary context. Sherman’s presentation, Ancestral Experiences & Indigenous Flavors: Native American Cooking, will examine the lack of Native American restaurants in the United States considering North America’s history began with indigenous ancestors. The James Beard award winning author, caterer and restaurateur will tackle this conversation and how its important indigenous culinary culture is often inaccessible.

“These three gentlemen represent various aspects of our industry that are undergoing incredible disruption,” said Kathleen Stoehr, director of community & content strategy, Catersource. “From Chef Sherman discussing the re-identification of North American cuisine and how it fits into today’s trends toward healthful eating, to Erle Dardick and his knowledge of catering as it relates to the restaurant sector, and finally—a titan of the industry, Paul Saginaw, whose impact reaches across all sectors of the food and beverage. This fast-paced session will open up the minds of our attendees for greater return on investment possibilities.”

For more information on Catersource 2019 packages and pricing, visit https://conference.catersource.com/pricing. Register by January 11, 2019 to take advantage of Advanced Rates.

Top sponsors of Catersource include: Platinum Sponsors include: CAMBRO, Nowsta, Inc., Sterno Products, US Foods, WNA; Gold Sponsors include: Barilla Foodservice, Front Of The House, Inc., Sabert Corporation, StaffMate Online; Silver Sponsors include: Waring Commercial Products, Ubeya; Green Sponsors include: Leafware, LLC; Crystal Sponsors include: Bamboo Studio, Boar’s Head Foodservice, Caterease Software, Edibles by Jack, Forbes Industries, Fresh Origins, Gordon Food Service, Libbey Foodservice, Smarty Had A Party. For all sponsorship opportunities, visit: conference.catersource.com/exhibit/sponsorships

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About Catersource Catersource is the world’s premier resource dedicated to the education and growth of catering and event professionals. Catersource provides the most expansive network relevant to the catering and events business, producing in-depth educational offerings at the largest industry conference and tradeshow. Catersource’s live education also extends itself into the digital world year-round, with rich editorial content in its e-newsletter products, its website catersource.com, and in its annual January show issue, printed and mailed to over 30,000 industry influencers. Catersource is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit www.ubm.com and www.informa.com.

Ashley Womack CatersourcePR@ubm.com 415-947-6473

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