FoodOvation Exchange

FoodOvation Exchanges are menu innovation and collaboration experiences that enable best in class supplier partners to leverage their resources, insights, brands, and products in development of customized menu solutions that are aligned with restaurateurs’ goals, challenges and operational constraints. 


The Right People: 

Decision makers from culinary,
R&D, and procurement participate together, speeding menu adoption and close rates.

Go Beyond Sampling: 

45-minute, one-on-one culinary innovation sessions allow serious focus on actionable solutions.

Time Well Spent:

11 curated sessions in 2 days reduces out of office time and T&E investment required to engage with operators on capabilities.

Deep Insights: 

Information directly from the operator enables suppliers to create customized menu concepts that align with restauranteurs’ goals.

Typical Agenda

DAY 1 – Saturday (optional)

2-4pm: Early Registration & Supplier Preparation

DAY 2 – Sunday

12-5pm: “Operator” Registration

6-9pm: Welcome Reception and Dinner

All Day: Sponsors Set-up and Shopping

DAY 3 – Monday

8-8:45 am: Light Breakfast & Coffee

8:50 am-12pm: 45 – minute Morning Exchange Sessions

12-1pm: Break

1:20-3pm: 45 – minute Afternoon Exchange Sessions

3:15-5:15pm: Afternoon Outdoor Activities

5:30-6pm: Relax and Refresh Time

6-9pm: Reception and Dinner

DAY 4 – Tuesday

8:20am-12pm: 45 – minute Morning Exchange Sessions

12-1pm: Break

1:20-5pm: 45 – minute Afternoon Exchange Sessions

5:15-6pm: Relax and Refresh Time

6-9pm: Reception and Dinner

Learn more about Sun Valley

Learn more about Montage Palmetto Bluff

Learn more about Sea Island Resort

Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley is located in the Northern Rockies region of south-central Idaho, in Blaine County in the Wood River valley. Known for its world class ski areas at Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain, it is also a year-round destination for hiking through wildflower-filled meadows, fly-fishing, golfing, and more. The resort features restaurants loaded with fresh gourmet options from inexpensive to luxury.

Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina

Nestled along the scenic May River in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Montage Palmetto Bluff is set within a vibrant 20,000-acre community between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Providing guests access to all that Palmetto Bluff has to offer, the resort encompasses an extensive nature preserve, two picturesque villages featuring eight Southern-inspired dining options, a riverfront marina and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

Sea Island Resort, Georgia

Rich natural beauty, days brimming with activities, endless charm. It’s no wonder families have been drawn to Sea Island since 1928. With its roots as “a friendly little hotel” on the coast of Georgia, this incredible place between the marsh and the sea is something very special. Founded on simple traditions. Built on genuine warmth and hospitality. Carried on with endearing charm.

Why Sponsor?


  • Fill pipeline with sales qualified leads.
  • Meet with both culinary and procurement titles together to expedite conversations and decisions.
  • Operators provide insights into what they are working on, and where they are headed next – giving suppliers a roadmap to unlocking opportunities. 
  • Save time and money, compared to cost of coordinating travel to 11 separate meetings. 
  • Format allows for concept selling – not just sampling.

Interested in Sponsoring?

Past sponsors have included great partners such as:

The format of FoodOvation is unmatched with any other event. It truly cultivates relationships that can be mutually beneficial for both operators and sponsors.
Josh Archibald
Executive Chef, Tillamook
As a sponsor, we always find value in our meetings in the Revelry format of engagement and interaction in beautiful venues and a chance to have really solid one-on-one conversations and presentations.
Karen Keown
National Account Manager, Savor Imports
FoodOvation is the most valuable event in our industry. Getting this many meetings in two days and allowing for culinary ideation is amazing. Having cocktail parties and activities brings greater value because it allows you to build strong connections and allows for more creative problem-solving. These events are absolutely top-notch!
Emra Nation
Key Accounts Manager, Oregon Fruit Products
Simply put, this event is the best I’ve ever attended. It beats hands down any trade show I’ve ever done! Well done Revelry Group.
Gary Evans
Corporate Chef, TABASCO
Why Restaurateurs/Operators Participate?


  • 1-on-1, 45-minute customized ideation sessions.
  • Meet more than 10 best-in-class supplier partners.
  • Up to 2 culinary, R&D, supply chain, procurement and/or marketing team members can participate.
  • No registration fees.
  • Round-trip airfare covered, plus one spouse/significant other.
  • Hotel accommodations covered.
  • Meals and outdoor activities included.

Interested in Participating?

Past operators have included large national chains such as:

Suppliers develop brand specific showings that can be easily adapted to our business. You leave with actionable ideas that can be applied immediately.
Nick Graff
VP of Culinary Innovations, Noodles & Company
The thought and attention to detail that Revelry took to plan this event was evident. Nothing wasrushed, everything felt smooth and easy, and yet I got incredible facetime with 13 new vendors.I’m so grateful for the ideas shared and connections made!
Katy Velazquez
Corporate Executive Chef, Qdoba
I find FoodOvation to be everything that a trade show is not: intimate, meaningful, intentional.
Joshua Rappaport
VP of Culinary Innovation, Buddy's Kitchen/SK Food Group
We found opportunities for possible business with all of the sponsors.
Rick Clark
Director of Foodservice, United Supermarkets

How can we help you connect and create shared value?