SPRING 2020 Operators
&pizzaBridget Siegel Head of Culinary
Founded in 2012 in Washington, D.C.’s historic H Street NE corridor, &pizza set out to create a different kind of pizza shop - one where experience is the focal point, and every shop reflects the culture and people of its neighborhood. &pizza is known for its critically acclaimed pizza and craft beverages, ampersand-tattooed employees (The Tribe), localized shop design and fight for a living wage. &pizza now has 36 locations and a growing fleet of food trucks in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Massachusetts.
ARCOP/Arby'sKeith Anderkin SVP, Procurement & Supply Management
ARCOP has served as Arby’s national supply chain cooperative since 1978. We deliver excellence in every case by optimizing supply chain performance, building strong and mutually beneficial relationships, creating a winning culture and organization, and enabling success. We focus on teams, relationships, culture, value, quality, support, innovation, solutions, Brand protection and communication. ARCOP’s membership is comprised of both Franchised and Company-owned Arby’s restaurants (~70% Franchised), utilizing the combined purchasing power of nearly 3,400 Arby's restaurants in the U.S. for goods and services totaling $1.4B annually, including food, packaging, beverage, capital assets, energy, service programs, freight and distribution management.
BonchonHenry Balle Corporate Chef
Bonchon began in 2002 in Busan, South Korea. The first location in the U.S. was in Fort Lee, New Jersey, home to a large South Korean expatriate population. It later spread to California, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and Washington state. The Korean fried chicken franchise currently operates in 21 states in the U.S. and 8 countries internationally. Jinduk Seo is the founder of Bonchon Chicken and Flynn Dekker is currently the CEO. The United States headquarters is located in New York City, where all the training is done.
Buffalo Wild WingsTyler Riddle Director of Culinary
Eric Stein Manager, New Menu Innovation
Buffalo Wild Wings, founded in 1982, is the largest sports bar brand in the U.S. with more than 1,200 sports bars in ten countries. With a transformative restaurant design, best-in-class bar food & drink, and innovative sports watching experiences, Buffalo Wild Wings provides guests a unique and immersive experience to hang out, watch games and create memories with friends. Buffalo Wild Wings is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants.
Burger LoungeNick Brigante Director of Supply Chain
We’re just a neighborhood burger joint. We set out to make hamburgers and wanted them to taste good. We figured if our recipes were simple and we used only the best ingredients, you’d get crisp textures, pure flavors, and a burger that’s refreshingly uncomplicated. We take common recipes to new heights by crafting them with familiar ingredients sourced specifically for taste. The best part is, these ingredients are often better for you, and the environment too. Burgers with domestic, grass-fed beef and free-range turkey, salads featuring organic spinach and arugula, a cod sandwich that’s sustainably sourced…the list goes on and on.
Caribou CoffeeDavid Marshall Sr. Manager of Culinary R&D
Caribou Coffee is a coffeehouse chain based in Minnesota with about 300 US locations and 350 international stores. In addition to a variety of hot and cold coffee-based beverages, Caribou also offers blended fruit-based drinks, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, bakery items, and oatmeal.
The Cheesecake FactoryBob Okura VP of Culinary Development
Ashley Torrijos Executive Sous Chef, R&D
The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated created the upscale, casual-dining segment in 1978 with the introduction of its namesake concept. Today the company owns and operate nearly 300 restaurants throughout the United States and Canada under brands including The Cheesecake Factory, North Italia and a collection within the Fox Restaurant Concepts subsidiary. Internationally, 26 The Cheesecake Factory restaurants operate under licensing agreements. The Cheesecake Factory is known across the globe for its extensive menu, generous portions and legendary desserts. With more than 250 menu selections – handmade in house with fresh ingredients – there is truly something for everyone at The Cheesecake Factory.
Chopt Creative Salad Co.Joe Cloud Sr. Supply Chain Manager
Founded in 2001, Chopt Creative Salad Company is the creator and leader of the premium salad segment, and has expanded from its original location in New York City’s Union Square to include 38 locations in New York City, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, suburban Westchester, New York, suburban Maryland and North Carolina. Aiming to change the future of fast food, Chopt pushes the boundaries of what a salad can be with its core menu of 14 Classics, 3 rotating Seasonal Specials, 25 homemade, small-batch dressings, and limited-time-only “Super Seasonals” that feature local produce only at its peak.
CinnabonJennifer Holwill Executive Chef
From its start in Seattle’s Sea Tac Mall in 1985, the Cinnabon brand has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with unmatched crave appeal, serving baked goods such as the famous Classic Roll, Minibon, Cinnabon Bites, Caramel Pecanbon, CinnaPacks and Cinnabon Stix -- all made with our signature Makara Cinnamon - as well as specialty beverages like the Mochalatta Chill and various flavors of Chillattas frozen beverages. And after 25 years of making the world's best cinnamon rolls, Cinnabon has kicked off the next 25 years and beyond by introducing the world's best cupcakes - moist, irresistible, high-quality and worthy of the Cinnabon name.
Denny's Restaurant GroupPaul Wood Sr. Purchasing Manager
Denny's is America's diner. This is where Americans have come for over 60 years now to sit back, relax, and enjoy delicious, hearty meals 24/7, every day of the year. From breakfast anytime to satisfying lunches and dinners, if you're in the mood for it, chances are we're serving it. Denny's is always open, always welcoming and always serving up hearty diner food along with a mug of fresh hot coffee. So come on in anytime, park yourself in a comfortable booth, take a seat at the counter, whatever you want, because it won't take you long to understand why we're truly America's diner.
Dickey's BarbecueDane Douthit Senior Director of Purchasing & Commodity Buying
Shayla Partusch VP, Purchasing & Retail
Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the world’s largest and fastest growing barbecue franchise was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. Today, Dickey’s locations across the nation serve guests Legit. Texas. Barbecue.™ The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and wholesome sides.
Dunkin' BrandsMichael Brazis Director of Global Culinary Innovation
Dunkin' Brands Inc. is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. The Dunkin' Brands 100% franchise global business model includes more than 11,700 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 7,600 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts.
First Watch RestaurantsShane Schaibly Corporate Chef, VP of Culinary Strategy
Chris Tomasso CEO
Here at First Watch, we begin each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up our French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order and freshness is never compromised. We don’t use heat lamps or deep fryers — we use only the finest ingredients possible for the freshest taste around. When you arrive, we welcome you with a pot — not just a cup — of our Project Sunrise coffee, along with complimentary newspapers and WiFi Internet access.
Focus BrandsDavid MacFarlane Sr. Director of Culinary Innovation - Global Channels
Atlanta-based Focus is a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands. After the Jamba acquisition, Focus, through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 6,000 restaurants, cafes, ice cream shoppes and bakeries in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and over 50 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky's®, Moe's Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne's®, McAlister's Deli® and Jamba Juice®, as well as Seattle's Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.
Front Burner BrandsSeth Van Der Stelt Purchasing Manager
Tabitha Nandkishorelal Purchasing Coordinator
Front Burner Brands, Inc. is a restaurant management company that is affiliated with dynamic and niche-specific brands including The Melting Pot fondue restaurant franchise. Capitalizing on more than 25 years of franchising and restaurant experience, Front Burner Brands' leadership team possesses a vision and dedication to providing unique dining experiences while offering the highest quality ingredients across various cuisines. The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., founded in 1975, is the premier fondue restaurant franchise with more than 120 locations across 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and the Middle East, and continued expansion domestically and internationally.
Golden CorralDebra Olson Director of Culinary Development
Golden Corral, a leading chain restaurant company, is just the place for people with a focus on being the best. Opening our doors in 1973, our history is marked by innovation, growth and caring about people. From day one, we established the tradition of friendly service, great value and fresh, tasty food, operating in over 500 company and franchise restaurants in 42 states. Golden Corral® family-style restaurants specialize in the biggest and best buffet available anywhere including sirloin steaks, which are USDA inspected and grilled to order.
HootersRandall Fairnot Corporate Chef
Hooters of America is the franchisor and operator of over 400 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 27 countries. Known for its world-famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality that can only be served up by the Hooters Girls.
IHOPPaul Janeway Director, Creative Innovation
When Al and Jerry Lapin opened the first International House of Pancakes in Toluca Lake, California on July 7, 1958, they never dreamed that five decades later the family restaurant they founded would become the American icon it is today. From humble beginnings, we have grown to become the leading Family Dining brand with more than 1,650 IHOP restaurants across the globe. Today, IHOP is the place where people connect over breakfast, enjoy study breaks, grab a bite before or after sporting events, and so much more. No matter what menu items they order, there's one ingredient that's always constant—a smile.
Jack in the BoxKathleen Kennedy Director of Culinary Innovation
Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,250 restaurants in 21 states. Known as the pioneer of all-day breakfast, and the late night category, Jack in the Box prides itself on being the curly fry in a world of regular fries. For more information on Jack in the Box, including franchising opportunities, visit www.jackinthebox.com.
Kwik TripMicah Rupprecht Foodservice Category Manager
Kwik Trip is a family-owned company that serves 8.5 million customers each week with convenient, clean retail stores. Kwik Trip produces many of their private label products featured in the stores. Kwik Trip’s La Crosse, Wisconsin based headquarters, operates its own commissary, bakery, and dairy. Each facility is FDA approved and produces Kwik Trip’s own line of sandwiches, soups, and fresh bakery products, as well as the Nature’s Touch brand of dairy products, Milk-in-the-Bag, ice cream, and waters. Kwik Trip also maintains its own distribution center and fleet under the Convenience Transportation name.
Lazy Dog RestaurantsPaul Muller Chief Culinary Officer
Gabe Caliendo VP of Research & Development
Inspired by the lifestyle of the Rocky Mountains, Lazy Dog offers the perfect environment for a quick weeknight dinner, a meandering meal with old friends or a big night out. The first Lazy Dog restaurant opened in the Huntington Beach area in 2003 and showcased an eclectic menu of memorable family favorites reinterpreted with bold new flavors and served with small-town hospitality. Open daily for lunch and dinner with a full bar program that includes specialty cocktails and a wide selection of craft beers. Lazy Dog has 33 locations in California, Colorado, Texas, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia, and Virginia coming soon.
Luby's FuddruckersSarah Guest Director of Supply Chain
Luby’s Cafeterias was founded in 1947 in San Antonio, Texas with a mission to be the most innovative and successful cafeteria company in America. By serving customers convenient, great-tasting, home-style meals at an excellent value in a friendly environment. Fuddruckers still holds true to its original mission: to deliver quality and in-your-face freshness and inspiring guests to build their own World’s Greatest Burger Experience since 1980. Fuddruckers is known for its lively atmosphere, 100% fresh, never frozen, all American grilled-to-order beef, scratch-made buns and market fresh produce.
Papa Murphy'sCarron Harris Sr. Director of Product Innovation
Papa Murphy’s is fresh take n’ bake pizza. We make our dough from scratch, shred 100% whole milk mozzarella, and chop veggies by hand. The guest is in control – choose your crust. Your sauce. Your toppings. Choose when you bake it – no delivery box pizza can beat the smell of a fresh pizza baking in your oven. We have over 1,300 franchised and company-owned fresh pizza locations in 38 states, Canada, and UAE. Papa Murphy’s offers a growing menu of scratch-made pizzas, appetizers, salads, sides, and desserts.
Salata Salad KitchenStephanie Proske Purchasing Manager & Product Innovation Lead
Kevin King Corporate Executive Chef
Salata Salad Kitchen offers tossed-to-order fresh and healthy salads or wraps. With over 50 fresh toppings and a dozen signature dressings, we give our guests the freedom to customize their salad or wrap however they like. Our fresh vegetables and fruits are chopped daily. Our protein selection is fresh and lean. Our dressings, soups, and sauces are house-made and gluten-free. You can find one of our 90+ salad kitchen locations in 47 cities across 7 states—and with the recent launch of Salata's new brand, those numbers are growing more rapidly every day.
Schlotzsky'sJennifer Keil Culinary Manager
Schlotzsky’s opened in 1971 with a small restaurant on South Congress Ave. in Austin, Texas. Back then, they served only one sandwich — The Original. A unique combination of 13 ingredients served on toasted house-made sourdough bread. The Original, a sandwich as unique as the Schlotzsky’s name, is still served to this day, over 45 years later. Schlotzsky’s now spans across 35 states and has expanded their menu to serve up toasted sandwiches, artisan flatbreads, specialty pizzas, sliders, tacos, freshly tossed salads, gourmet soups and more.
Snooze a.m. EateryMichael Pereira COO
Farrokh Larijani Director of Culinary
Snooze an AM Eatery seeks to evolve the A.M. dining experience through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service. Snooze believes in doing the responsible thing for people and the planet. From composting and recycling about 90% of our waste, focusing on resource conservation and using responsible materials, we're working to help create a better world. We strive to be good neighbors and give back to the communities that we are so lucky to be part of. At Snooze, we believe in our mantra that it only takes a moment to make a difference.