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Read the feature on the 2018
on page 12
of Catering Magazine
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Tabletop Design Competition
Exhibit Hall – All Three Days

A highlight of the show floor, this competition is a premier presentation of creativity and skill in tabletop design. Awards are given to the best tables in five categories: People’s Choice, Most Innovative, Best Use of a Theme, Most Viable Concept and Social Choice.

Tabletop Design Competition - Results 2018

“Social & People’s Choice” was awarded to Just Like U Like It out of Chicago for “Game of Thrones.”
Just Like U Like It

“Most Innovative, Best Use of Theme & Most Viable Concept” was awarded to…
because Everything is an Event!
from Cedarburg.
because Everything is an Event!

Tabletop Design Competition
In this Fox 6 News feature taped at MFE 2018, David Caruso of Dynamic Events talks about the level of detail and creativity that competitors put into their tabletop entries.

Take a look at past entries!

If you are looking for more details or want to compete in the 2019 competition, please contact Amy Nitschke directly at 608.216.2809 or anitschke@wirestaurant.org.

Full Competition Rules (PDF)

Professionals from around the country have the opportunity to show their stuff in this fun competition! Benefits to winners include:

  • $250 cash in each winning category – chance to win in multiple categories
  • Trophy to brag about!
  • Pictures featured on the Expo website
  • Social media coverage via Expo channels
  • Post-Expo social media coverage by NACE
  • Coverage in industry publications, like Wisconsin Restaurateur & Catering magazine.
  • Promotion to the media via Expo news releases
  • (2) complimentary badges to attend the Expo
Sign-up to Compete

All items labeled with an "*" asterisk are required.
* Contact Name:
* Company Name:
* Address:
* City:
* State: * Zip:
* Phone/Cell:
(i.e. 123-456-7890)
* Email Address:

* Website:
* Facebook Link:

I plan to set-up:
Friday, March 9 • 12pm - 5pm
Saturday, March 10 • 8am - 4pm
Sunday, March 11 • 10am - 5pm

Final touches may ONLY be done from 7:00-8:00am on Monday, March 12, 2018.
Yes, I plan to do final touches early Monday morning
No, my set-up will be complete before Monday


I plan to dismantle:
Wednesday, March 14 • 3pm - 8pm
Thursday, March 15 • 8am -11am

I wish to have the Expo provide me with a 72” banquet round
I will bring my own table
I’m not sure yet – I’ll have to get back to you on this
I wish to have the Expo provide me with (8) standard banquet chairs to incorporate into my tabletop design
I intend to bring my own chairs
I’m not sure yet – I’ll have to get back to you on this
I will need access to electricity. I understand that there will be a charge for this and that I must contact the Wisconsin Center at 414.908.6053 prior to February 26, 2018 to order and pay for this service.
I’m not sure yet – I’ll have to get back to you on this

Tabletop Details:
My table name is:
I’m not sure yet – I’ll have to get back to you on this

Please provide a brief description of your tabletop design. Descriptions should be 2-4 sentences in length and not include the name of the competing company.
Tabletop details will not be accepted after March 2, 2018.

I’m not sure yet – I’ll have to get back to you on this


Please direct questions to:

Amy Nitschke
Midwest Foodservice Expo
2801 Fish Hatchery Rd
Madison, WI 53713
(800) 589-3211 or (608) 216-2809


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