Oct 07 - 11, 2023
FoodOvation #35
Commercial Exchange

The 35th 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 - October 7th, 2023
Time Event Location
2:00 - 5:00PM Registration (Sponsors) Columbine Room - SV Inn
Sunday - October 8th, 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 - October 9th, 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 - October 10th, 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 - October 11th, 2023
Time Event Location
All Day Departures As Scheduled
Committed Sponsors
Committed Restaurateurs/Operators

Craveworthy Brands

Becca McIntyre, VP Culinary & Supply Chain

Craveworthy Brands was founded in 2022, by Gregg Majewski – the former CEO of Jimmy Johns – and backed by a team with significant restaurant experience. The Craveworthy portfolio launched with 4 unique, scalable and highly engaging brands and we’re always searching for more concepts to cultivate.

EA Sween

John O'Brien, Senior R&D Project Manager

E.A. Sween Company proudly makes over 70 million sandwiches a year, distributing them all over the country through Wholesale and Combined Distribution Centers (CDC).

Peet's Coffee

Lori Fulmer, Chef

Since 1966, Peet’s Coffee has offered superior coffees and teas by sourcing the best quality coffee beans and tea leaves in the world and adhering to strict high-quality and taste standards.


Katy Velazquez, Corporate Executive Chef

We create freshly-made, Mexican-inspired food crafted with contemporary flavors that guests crave. We believe that the most delicious flavors start with quality ingredients and thoughtful preparation, taking pride in preparing meals in our kitchens each day. Whether it’s chopping crisp produce, flame-grilling steak and chicken, or making hand-crafted guacamole, we don’t take shortcuts.

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.

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.


Vess Frye, Culinary Manager

Our mission every day is to live up to our name, as we believe that to actively thrive in a challenging and competitive environment we must be “WOW!” in all we think, say and do.

Each of our brands creates a unique and differentiated brand experience to boldly stand out from the crowd in ways that literally “WOW!” our guest.

How can we help you connect and create shared value?