Sep 17 - 20, 2023
FoodOvation #34
Commercial Exchange

The 34th FoodOvation exchange is for commercial operators and manufacturers only.

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 spark 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 - September 16th, 2023
Time Event Location
2:00 - 5:00PM Registration (Sponsors) Columbine Room - SV Inn
Sunday - September 17th, 2023
Time Event Location
12:00 – 5:00PM Registration Columbine Room - SV Inn
5:50 - 6:20PM Transportation to Trail Creek Bus Baldy Loop
6:00 – 9:00PM Welcome Reception & Dinner Trail Creek Cabin
8:45 - 9:30PM Transportation back to Sun Valley Resort
Monday - September 18th, 2023
Time Event Location
7:45 – 8:20AM Breakfast Village Homes
8:20 – 12:00PM Morning FoodOvation Sessions Village Homes
12:00 - 1:00PM Break
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 No Transportation needed Baldy Bus Loop
6:00 – 9:00PM Reception & Dinner Limelight Terrace - SV Inn
8:45 - 9:30PM Transportation back to Sun Valley Resort
Tuesday - September 19th, 2023
Time Event Location
7:45 - 8:20AM Breakfast Village Homes
8:20 – 12:00PM Morning FoodOvation Sessions Village Homes
12:15 - 1:15PM Break
1:20 - 5:00PM Afternoon FoodOvation Sessions Village Homes
5:00 - 6:00PM Relax & Refresh
5:50 - 6:20PM Transportation to Sun Valley Clubhouse Baldy Bus Loop
6:00 - 9:00PM Reception & Dinner Sun Valley CLubhouse
8:45 - 9:30PM Transportation back to Sun Valley Resort
Wednesday - September 20th, 2023
Time Event Location
All Day Departures As Scheduled
Committed Sponsors
Committed Restaurateurs/Operators

Caribou Coffee

Carrie Sazama, Director of Product Innovation
Christian O'Neill, Director of Sourcing & Inventory Management
Kelsey Wasserburger , Category Manager - Food
Matina Laiti, Buyer

Caribou Coffee Company is an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain. It was founded in Edina, Minnesota, in 1992. As of May 2015, the company operates 603[3] locations worldwide. It is headquartered in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

City Barbeque

Jessica Bograd, Sr. Director of Culinary

Serving and creating happiness is at the heart of who we are, and the flavor of America is what we’re proud to serve. Every day, we’re smoking tastes of the nation, from Kansas City to the Carolinas; taking care of our friends and neighbors; and sharing our passion for the art and soul of BBQ.

Earl Enterprises

Omar Arambula, Culinary Director at Buca di Beppo
Kelly Pacheco, Director of Supply Chain

Our family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining. Whether creating everyday memories or celebrating a special occasion, we host life’s big and small moments. In each of our locations, we strive to create exceptional dining experiences by focusing on culinary innovation and execution, attentive service, and engaging and inviting atmospheres.


Rena Fowles, Purchasing DIrector

Now known as Goodcents ® Deli Fresh Subs, Bisogno’s vision lives on: our company offers dine-in, drive-thru, carry-out and delivery of SOUP, PASTAS AND SUBMARINE SANDWICHES ranging from traditional turkey, ham and cheese or meatball, to specialties like the Penny Club®, which features turkey, ham, and roast beef.

At Goodcents ® Deli Fresh Subs, WE’RE COMMITTED TO GIVING YOU THE HIGHEST QUALITY sandwich and meal every time you visit, whether you’re coming to see us or having our food delivered right to your doorstep.

FAT Brands

Jacqueline Feldman, Purchasing Manager

Fresh. Authentic. Tasty. FAT Brands (NASDAQ: FAT) is a leading global franchising company that strategically acquires, markets, and develops fast-casual, quick-service, casual dining, and polished casual dining concepts around the world. The Company currently owns 17 restaurant brands: Round Table Pizza, Fatburger, Marble Slab Creamery, Johnny Rockets, Fazoli’s, Twin Peaks, Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Buffalo’s Cafe & Express, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Pretzelmaker, Elevation Burger, Native Grill & Wings, Yalla Mediterranean and Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses, and franchises over 2,300 units worldwide.


Joe Kosela, Purchasing Director

Fresh ingredients, custom-crafted spice blends, scratch-made bread and pies, onions sliced daily for our onion rings — this is how we started in 1939, and it’s a tradition that continues today. It’s what our customers have come to expect and why they return again and again for our made-to-order meals.

Gosh Enterprises

Ian Snyder, Senior Supply Chain Manager

GOSH Enterprises is a dynamic, rapidly growing company that oversees a family of brands:

  • Charleys: A 800-unit restaurant brand known worldwide for serving the #1 Philly Cheesesteak in the World
  • Bibibop Asian Grill: An award winning, 50-unit Korean-inspired fast casual restaurant concept
  • Lenny’s Grill and Subs: A Memphis-based 65-unit chain serving high quality deli subs and hot subs

Huey Magoo's

Ryan Murphy, Director of R&D

Huey Magoo’s was founded in 2004 by Matt Armstrong and Thad Hudgens, two southern boys with a passion for quality chicken and a penchant for serving others. Now, former executives from one of the fastest-growing franchise chains, Wingstop, have partnered with the founders from Huey Magoo’s. Both partners have taken their similar passion and bullseye focus for the perfect chicken tender by crafting it into everything that Huey Magoo’s offers today. Alongside the original two co-founders, the Huey Magoo’s team is led by President and CEO Andy Howard, Chairman of the Board Wes Jablonski, COO Mike Sutter, VP of Operations Matt Poleos, and Board of Directors Member Bill Knight.

At Huey Magoo’s we serve only REAL tenders made from the tenderloin. It’s the filet mignon and the best 3% of the chicken. Our tenders are all-natural, with no antibiotics, no hormones, no steroids, and no preservatives.

The beautiful part of it all is that whether you’re having our tenders as a meal, on their own, in a salad, sandwich or wrap, it’s all based around the tender – and a smile

Luna Grill

Michelle Goncalves, EVP, Culinary & Restaurant Excellence
Maddie Ahrens, Director of Culinary & Restuarant excellence.

We’re more than just a restaurant. We are a family. And our family started back in 2004 when Sean & Maria Pourteymour’s passion for feel good, wholesome fare came to life as Luna Grill. We call ourselves “LUNAtics” because we are passionate about the food we serve and the Luna lifestyle. We are Eat Real Certified by the US Healthful Food Council, an organization committed to “food that is good for your health, the environment, and animal welfare.” Our mission is to make our fans feel good with the food we serve to fuel their best possible lives.

Modern Market Eatery

Jamal Booker, Directory of Culinary Operations

Our vision is to make real food the standard in fast food.

We’re on a mission to nurture happiness from the inside out by making it easy to eat clean, nurturing and delicious food. This has been our story from the beginning. We founded Modern Market to help make people happier through food.


LaTonya Morris, Director of Product Development / Executive Chef

Through the years, Perkins has remained true to its mission of providing guests with friendly service and classic comfort dishes at a great price. Sure, Perkins started with dozens of pancake and waffle options, but soon enough we grew to offer American staples like breakfast all day, hearty steak plates, juicy burgers, and a wide selection of handcrafted handhelds, soups, and salads. The most iconic piece of Perkins Bakery is, you guessed it, our pie.

Our in-store bakery offers a wide selection of fruit pies, cream pies, dreamy pies, along with scrumptious cookies, and our signature Mammoth Muffins®. Our goal has always been to leave guests feeling satisfied, which means we’re always updating our menu with fresh, flavorful, and innovative items that take their place right next to our classic, beloved menu items. Some of our most iconic dishes have been on the menu for more than 30 years.

Potbelly Sandwich Works

Colleen Phelan, Sr. Director of Purchasing
Bart McClean, Director of Procurement

From the comforting, melty cheese of a toasted sandwich made with love, to classic photos of Jimi Hendrix shredding a guitar solo at Woodstock, Potbelly is just a fun place to be. We’re a first-class dive. A place to take a break from it all. Sure we make the best toasted sandwiches in all the galaxies (sorry aliens, but it’s true). But we serve them up with a smile. That’s easy when you love what you do: Making people really happy with craveable food, from our toasty sandwiches, soups, salads, fresh-baked cookies and hand-scooped milkshakes.

Shake Shack

Allison Oesterle, Sr. Director, Quality Assurance and Commercialization

Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand serving a classic American menu of premium burgers, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, shakes, frozen custard, beer and wine. With its fresh and simple, high-quality food at a great value, Shake Shack is a fun and lively community-gathering place with widespread appeal.

The Casual Pint

Lindsey Davis, VP of Supply Chain Management & BOH Operations

TravelCenters of America

Maira Morales-Barbara, Corporate Executive Chef
Jack Hancharck, VP of Full-Service Restaurants

Let Hunger Take The Wheel!

Whether you’re in a hurry or want to sit down and relax, you are in the right place! TA & Petro Stopping Centers feature the fast-food restaurant brands you know and crave as well as full-service home-style restaurants with all your favorite meals.

How can we help you connect and create shared value?