Design Forecasting for Catering and Event Professionals


February 19, 2014 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Event Source | 8875 Whitney Drive
Lewis Center, OH 43035

About Our Program:

Design Forecasting - Set yourself apart as a trend leader and master the skill of translating the latest fashions into chic events! Learn what hot trends to expect in Spring/Summer 2014 and beyond.  Our speaker, Kate Patay, will teach you how to stay ahead of the competition with tips on how you can forecast the future of catering, wedding and event trends.  Learn about the most effective ways to sell these trends profitably to your clients and establish yourself as an industry expert.  In this session, you will learn to:

     1. Indentify the root of catering, wedding and event design trends, and how they are influenced by various media outlets.

     2. Establish ways to incorporate these trends into your events.

     3. Upsell your vision to your clients so that their events come alive and become iconic.

Tips and tricks for the cost-conscious client will also be highlighted so you can design on any budget.

Dinner will be provided by L.A. Catering in the form of stations throughout Event Source.  


Mediterranean: Grilled vegetable display, gluten free crackers and a variety of hummus dips, feta cheese and kalamata olives

Charcuterie Platterserved with gluten free bread

Wild Mushroom Cappuccino Shots

Lemon Poppyseed Cranberry Cole Slaw: with a double apple poppyseed vinaigrette mixed with barley

Beef Cheek Sliders: with mini brioche buns

House Signature Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Brownie

Assorted Petit Fours

Mixed Berries

About Our Speaker:


Kate Patay, is Executive Director of Sales & Marketing for Creative Coverings.  Kate joined Creative Coverings with over 15 years experience in F&B design, hotel/casino catering sales, special events and convention services.  In her curent role, Kate oversees the growth of the rental and sales division, as well as brand integrity; specifically through marketing efforts, customer relations, company trainings and overall client experience.  Working closely with the design team to stay ahead of fashion and decor trends has contributed to the rapid and successful growth of the company.  

Previously, Kate worked in the food & beverage/events industry in Western New York, Las Vegas and most recently with MGM Mirage/Eldorado Corporation at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino where she was responsible for large-scale conventions and social catering events.  She also assisted with the opening of the Reno Ballroom for the Tri-properties and the City of Reno.

As Executive Director of Sales & Marketing, Kate helps represent Creative Coverings as a NACE National Business Partner, Social Media and Trend Expert. Kate is a founding member and president of the NACE Reno-Tahoe Chapter, NACE Experience 2011 Co-Chair and current NACE National Chapter Presidents Council member.  She is also an active member of ISES and a number of other catering and event organizations.  She has been a featured educational speaker at the NACE Experience Conference, ISES Eventworld, the ARA national convention and numerous organizational meetings around the country.  Recently, she was nominated as Nevada's Saleswoman of the Year and honored as not only one of the Top 10 Influential People in Northern Nevada, but as the "Person to Know" by the Reno Gazette Journal. 

Follow her new blog, as well as on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter to keep on top of what's hot and what's not in events!

About Our Location

Event Source was founded in Parma, Ohio in 1979 as Taylor Rental Center.  Family owned and operated for 2 generations of the Bibbo family, Event Source provides excellent service, premium quality, and well maintained special event equipment to discriminating customers.  Event source offers 2,900 different high quality products with over 645,000 items in stock, ranging from tables and chairs, furniture, linen, table settings and beyond.  

Through expansion and growth, Event Source became the largest event rental firm in Northeastern Ohio by 2001. In 2008 they opened their Lewis Center facility and showroom to better serve Columbus area clients.

About our Caterer and Spotlight Member:

L.A. Catering is a proud division of LifeCare Alliance that has served the local community with outstanding nutrition and health programs since 1898. All profits from L.A. Catering are invested back into your community through LifeCare Alliance programs and services to support older adults, medically challenged and disabled individuals in Central Ohio. This means that birthday parties, boxed lunches, cookouts, graduation parties, reunions, and weddings catered by L.A. Catering help your community!

L.A. Catering offers a wide variety of meal preferences for all of your catering needs from corporate events to weddings.  L.A. Catering provides on-site and off-site catering to afford clients endless possibilities for more creative themed events. They provide opportunities for clients to enjoy their favorite menus at various locations throughout central Ohio.




$35.00 Member Ticket

$40.00 Associate Member (with the same company as a member)

$20.00 Student Member

$50.00 Guest Ticket

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