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About SPRING Commercial FoodOvation

The SPRING and FALL FoodOvation exchanges are for commercial operators and manufacturers only. If you are interested in participating in our non-commercial FoodOvation, please click on the SUMMER 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 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.

Advisory Council

Keith Anderkin
VP, Supply Chain & Quality Assurance

Ben Carpenter
Associate Brand Manager, Foodservice
Bush Brothers & Company

Stan Dorsey
Corporate Exec. Chef, Director Menu Dev.
Beef 'O' Brady's / The Brass Tap

Jason Dumo
Prepared Foods – Head of Customer Marketing
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

Jennifer Fargey
Director of Multi-Unit and Strategic Accounts
Idahoan Foods

Jennifer Holwill
Senior Director of Global Culinary R&D

Jennifer Keil
Senior Culinary Manager

Dan Kish
Food Fixe

Karen Keown
National Accounts Manager, Imports
Savor Imports

Johnny Mosquera
Corporate Executive Chef, Culinary Innovation

Kevin Ripley
Executive Chef Culinary Innovation
Brinker International

Chef Shane Schaibly
Corporate Chef, VP of Culinary Strategy
First Watch Restaurants, Inc.

Mike Turner
SVP of Culinary & Supply Chain
Walk-Ons Bistreaux & Bar

Clint Woods
Chief Culinary Officer
Fox Restaurant Concepts

Know Before You Go

Palmetto Bluff Resort

Experience Southern comfort at its finest when you visit at the Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort in Bluffton, South Carolina. Nestled along the May River in the Lowcountry of South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, the 20,000-acre community encompasses an extensive nature preserve, walking trails, a vibrant village, marina, restaurants, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The region is rife with rich heritage, all it takes is a short stay to experience the charm and create memories that last a lifetime.

Learn more about Palmetto Bluff Resort


Savannah Hilton Head International Airport | SAV

The Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort is serviced by the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, approximately 23 miles from the resort.


Rental cars are the suggested ground transfer. Lyft, Uber or a taxi are also great options. The Montage Resort concierge can assist with alternate ground transportation by calling 843-706-6515.

Around Palmetto Bluff

Whether it is paddle-boarding along the May River, the serenity of a nature walk through the preserve, the challenge of testing your skills at the Shooting Club, or the excitement of catching a largemouth bass - Palmetto Bluff offers the best outdoor experiences of the Lowcountry. Hop on your bicycle and take a self-guided architecture or real estate tour. Grab a chair and a glass of wine on the patio at Buffalo’s and do some people watching, or indulge in an oyster roast along the water’s edge. A place of experiences and connections, discovery, surprise, and authenticity, every day at Palmetto Bluff can have something new to office – for those who seek to find it.


Yes, significant others are welcome and encouraged to join! There is no additional cost for significant others to attend unless they need an additional hotel room. The cost for an extra room depends on the type of room you need. Please contact Kristie Newton at 503-227-3606 x 401 for details.
Casual attire is encouraged at FoodOvation. Neither The Montage Resort nor FoodOvation has a dress code. You are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable. Some people wear jeans and a pull-over while others wear shorts and sandals.
All necessary equipment for the activities will be provided. You do not need to bring anything with you.
If you know an industry operator or supplier who would be interested in attending FoodOvation, please let us know. We would be happy to extend an invitation for you.
The South is known for unpredictable weather… the average daily highs in February are anywhere from low 60’s to low 80’s. Please check the weather forecast for details the week before arrival and bring both a pair of shorts and a light jacket just in case the forecast changes.

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TBD 2021
Sun Valley, ID