We have some exciting news! VT Group has been recognized with an ACE Award. We are still swooning from the honor and can’t wait to share why this is such big news for us.
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What is the ACE Award?
Standing for ‘Achievement in Catering Excellence’, the ACE Award is a recognition from Catersource. There are three regional categories — East, West and International — and two financial categories — businesses above $2 million in sales and businesses below $2 million in sales. VT Group received the ACE Award for the Western region, which is everything west of the Mississippi River, in the above $2 million category.
What are the criteria?
Caterers are judged on a variety of factors in two stages. The first stage reviews culinary achievements, outstanding business practices, and contributions to community. Five finalists are then selected. The second round of judging looks at brand materials, recent events, and testimonials.
Who are the judges?
Judges are Catersource board members and the previous year’s winners. That means we get to help choose the recipients of the 2015 ACE Awards!
What is Catersource?
Catersource is one of catering’s leading industry organizations and is dedicated to the education and growth of professional caterers. Their outreach includes an industry magazine, tradeshow and conference. They also have formed the Leading Caterers of America (LCA), a professional peer organization of award-winning caterers that support each other by sharing experience and knowledge. Vibrant Table has proudly been a member of LCA since 2010.
Why is winning the ACE Award a ‘big deal’?
The ACE Award is one of our industry’s highest honors. Being in the same category as larger markets such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston, we believe that a win for VT Group is a win for Portland. President Art Fortuna says it best: “We’re proud to be able to score another win for the Portland food scene as a whole – particularly since we believe serving such a unique and discerning market is what puts us at the top of our game.” So way to go, Portland! Thank you for challenging us to ever-greater levels of excellence and creativity!
Who is VT Group?
VT Group is a collection of hospitality and event companies based in Portland, Oregon. Flagship brands include Vibrant Table Catering & Events, Food in Bloom Catering, f&b cafe and catering and Vibrant Flowers. They also manage event venues including the new Exchange Ballroom, Treasury Ballroom, Atrium at Montgomery Park, Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Loft on Belmont.
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You Might Also Like To
- Learn more about Catersource and the ACE Awards
- Learn about VT Group partners
- Read the press release about VT Group’s ACE Award