Oct 09 - 12, 2022
FoodOvation #30
Commercial Exchange

The 30th FoodOvation exchange is for commercial operators and manufacturers only. If you are interested in participating in our non-commercial FoodOvation, please click on the FoodOvation #28 tab in the navigation bar.

Relationships are the currency of successful businesses! Great business is built upon relationships cultivated out of meaningful, shared experiences. FoodOvation is a hand-crafted exchange designed to forge partnerships and drive innovation by providing participants opportunities for genuine interactions.

Through intimate group sizes, FoodOvation cultivates powerful interactions between decision-making peers that both provide insights that sparking vibrant, collaborative, concentrated culinary discussions and ideas, as well as fosters the building of relationships in order to take action and win in the marketplace. This is not watching a speaker, but an exchange of ideas and birthplace of connection. Attendees leave FoodOvation invigorated with new ideas, new experiences, and new relationships.

Saturday - October 8, 2022
Time Event Location
2:00 - 5:00PM Registration (Sponsors) ExploreWith Store
Sunday - October 9, 2022
Time Event Location
12:00 – 5:00PM Registration ExploreWith Store
5:50 - 6:20PM Transportation to River Run Bus Baldy Loop
6:00 – 9:00PM Welcome Reception & Dinner River Run
8:45 - 9:30PM Transportation back to Sun Valley Resort
Monday - October 10, 2022
Time Event Location
7:45 – 8:20AM Breakfast Village Homes
8:20 – 12:00PM Morning FoodOvation Sessions Village Homes
12:00 - 1:00PM Lunch Limelight Terrace
1:20 - 3:00PM Afternoon FoodOvation Sessions Village Homes
3:15 - 5:15PM Group Activities Various Locations
5:15 - 6:00PM Relax & Refresh
5:50 - 6:20PM Transportation to Knob Hill Baldy Bus Loop
6:00 – 9:00PM Reception & Dinner Knob Hill
8:45 - 9:30PM Transportation back to Sun Valley Resort
Tuesday - October 11, 2022
Time Event Location
7:45 - 8:20AM Breakfast Village Homes
8:20 – 12:00PM Morning FoodOvation Sessions Village Homes
12:15 - 1:15PM Lunch ExploreWith
1:20 - 5:00PM Afternoon FoodOvation Sessions Village Homes
5:00 - 6:00PM Relax & Refresh
5:50 - 6:20PM Transportation to Trail Creek Cabin Baldy Bus Loop
6:00 - 9:00PM Reception & Dinner Trail Creek Cabin
8:45 - 9:30PM Transportation back to Sun Valley Resort
Wednesday - October 12, 2022
Time Event Location
All Day Departures As Scheduled
Committed Sponsors
Committed Restaurateurs/Operators


Carrie Welt, Sr. Manager, Culinary Innovation

Applebee’s is an American company which develops, franchises, and operates the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurant chain. The Applebee’s concept focuses on casual dining, with mainstream American dishes such as salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, and “riblets”. All Applebee’s restaurants feature a bar area and serve alcoholic beverages.


Mikhail Levin, Director of Culinary
Savvas Santos, COO

Bareburger is where you can have it all: the best ethically sourced ingredients, an allergy-friendly kitchen (yes, we have dedicated fryers), big flavor and big fun.

Bloomin' Brands

Bloomin’ Brands is one of the world’s largest casual dining companies with approximately 82,000 Team Members and more than 1,450 restaurants throughout 47 states, Guam, and 17 countries.

SK Foods / Buddy's Kitchen

With a total of seven manufacturing facilities across North America, Buddy’s Kitchen and SK Food Group are industry leaders in the custom assembly of frozen food items. Our world-class culinary innovation team supports a customer base which spans airlines, convenience, QSR, private brands, coffeeshop, and club stores. We specialize in collaborative development of on-trend solutions, as well as providing extensive co-manufacturing for some of the leading CPG brands. Rather than show you what you have seen before, we have our eyes on ‘where the puck is going’ and help you bring your future to life.

Del Taco

Muna Afghani Sr., Brand Manager, New Product Development
Shereen Abutom, Culinary Innovation Manager

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. is an American fast food restaurant chain which specializes in American-style Mexican cuisine as well as American foods such as burgers, fries, and shakes. Del Taco is led by CEO John D. Cappasola, Jr., and is headquartered in Lake Forest, California. It is currently being acquired by Jack in the Box in a deal valued at roughly $575 million.


Denny’s (also known as Denny’s Diner on some of the locations’ signage) is an American table service diner-style restaurant chain. It operates over 1,700 restaurants in many countries.

First Hospitality

Over the past 35 years, First Hospitality has successfully invested, built, owned and operated nearly 100 hotels throughout the country, created a proprietary hotel platform, and delivered industry-leading properties. Building on our legacy of success and believe in cultivating innovation. First Hospitality is nationally recognized as a premier hotel operator, specializing in full service properties. First Hospitality offers a turn-key approach to hospitality development. Our veteran team has worked on projects ranging from suburban prototypical, focused-service new builds to boutique, mixed-use, and historic adaptive reuse. We have decades of history working closely with top-tier brand companies, including Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott, to bring their projects to life. Currently owners and operators of over 50 hotels, from all brands. Autograph, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt as well as independent properties. An unparalleled resource for conceptualizing, constructing, and managing award-winning restaurants and bars. Whether it’s casual or fine dining, We’re committed to exceptional execution for each project. That’s why we proactively monitor progress, manage costs through forecasting, and plan contingencies at every phase of the project to eliminate any surprises. First hospitality has been recognized as Forbes America’s Best mid-size employers compilation for 5 years

Auntie Anne's

Deb Schildts, Director of Culinary

At Auntie Anne’s, a commitment to giving back isn’t merely a motto that hangs on a wall. It’s not a marketing stunt. From day one 30 years ago, giving back has been woven into the fabric of the company. “Auntie” Anne Beiler started baking pretzels to help fund her husband’s desire to provide free family counseling services for their community. He ultimately realized his dream and opened a counseling center. In, as she calls it, “a twist of fate,” Anne found her true calling as an unlikely entrepreneur, taking her business from a single farmer’s market stand to the world’s largest soft pretzel franchise. Throughout it all, Anne remained steadfast in her commitment to giving back, saying, “Caring for other people is the purpose of Auntie Anne’s.”

Jack's Family Restuarants

We are a 63-year-old fast-food QSR brand based in Birmingham, AL. We operate 230 locations in the four states: Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia. As a 100% corporate-owned location, we own and operate our distribution center, Southeastern Food Merchants, based in Pelham, Alabama. In our trade area, we are known for our breakfast. We hand-make our biscuits from scratch (the largest and best QSR biscuit)and offer multiple breakfast items that cover 37% of our business. After breakfast, we serve made-to-order burgers and hand-breaded fried chicken options, including bone-in, chicken sandwiches, and chicken tenders. Finish your meal with one of our seven flavors of Mayfield Ice cream, and you will have a great Jack’s experience. We are “All about the South” in our food and superior hospitality.

KM Food Consulting

Lupe Tortilla

Rapid Fired Pizza

Red Lobster

PJ Pawelek, R&D Chef

Red Lobster Hospitality LLC is an American casual dining restaurant chain headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company has operations across most of the United States and Canada, as well as in China, Ecuador, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates; as of June 23, 2020, the company had 719 locations worldwide.[6][1] Golden Gate Capital became Red Lobster’s parent company when it was acquired from Darden Restaurants on July 28, 2014


Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs, and Boundless Convenience™. A chain of more than 950 convenience retail stores (over 750 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Washington, D.C. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies , freshly brewed coffee , hot breakfast sandwiches , built-to-order specialty beverages , and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks .

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