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Mar 17-20, 2019 ◈ Palmetto Bluff, SC

SPRING 2019 Operators: List updated weekly as registrations come through


Johnny Mosquera Corporate Executive Chef, Culinary Innovation

There's a lot to love about Applebee's. Founded nearly three decades ago on the principles of exceptional value and family fun, Applebee's Services, Inc., franchises what is today the largest casual-dining chain in the world, with over 1,900 restaurants in 49 states, 15 international countries and one U.S. territory. We take pride in having a friendly, welcoming, neighborhood environment. Applebee's continues to set the standards for best practices in the restaurant industry. People Report recently awarded Applebee’s the Heart of the Workplace Award, Top Performer in Management Retention Award, Excellence in Retention Award, and Catalyst Award. Forbes named Applebee’s One of America's Best Managed Companies, and Restaurant Hospitality Magazine named Applebee’s Chain of the Year. We are proud of these accomplishments and believe when thousands of people embrace their responsibility to our neighborhoods, the results can be astounding. Since our beginning, we have recognized our responsibility to operate with ethical business practices and to be a force for social good. In short, Applebee's and its franchisees strives to make a positive impact in the neighborhoods they serve; we believe we have a responsibility to do so. We have seen firsthand that embracing our responsibility to our neighborhoods builds value for our guests, team members and franchisees. For more information on Applebee’s Services, Inc.¸ please visit the company’s Web site at


Linh Aven Executive Chef

Founded in 2003, B.GOOD is an innovative, fast casual, farm-to-table restaurant chain serving “Food with Roots” – sustainably-grown, fresh and wholesome food that is prepared fresh in-house. With 75 locations across the U.S., Canada, Switzerland and Germany, B.GOOD serves a diverse and delicious menu inspired by the heritage of back to basics simplicity including greens & grain bowls, salads, all-natural burgers, oven-finished fries, smoothies, and kids’ meals. By sourcing as much as possible from local, independent farmers and being genuinely committed to social and environmental impact, B.GOOD has a unique connection to the communities the brand calls home.

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Kaitlyn Venable Corporate Chef

We all need an occasional dose of Paradise. A laid back Beach Party where we can leave the stress of everyday life behind and enjoy an ice cold beverage or catch a ball game. A place where the food is awesome, the cocktails are hand crafted and you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind Kicked Back Vibe. Welcome, to Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Del Taco

Muna Afghani Senior Manager, Product Optimization
Shereen Abutom Manager of Culinary Innovation

Del Taco is the second largest Mexican-American QSR chain by units in the United States, serving more than three million guests each week. At Del Taco, menu items are made to order with fresh ingredients, including Cheddar cheese grated from 40-pound blocks, handmade pico de gallo salsa, lard-free beans slow-cooked from scratch, and marinated chicken grilled in the restaurant. The menu includes classic Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos as well as American favorites including hamburgers, crinkle-cut fries and shakes. Ed Hackbarth and David Jameson opened the first Del Taco in Yermo, CA in 1964. In 2006, Del Taco nearly doubled in size and opened the 500th restaurant in 2008. By introducing The Del Taco, the Buck & Under Menu, and even more fresh ingredients like hand sliced avocado, Del Taco continues to be the leader in serving fresh, quality food for a value price. We take pride in chopping, grilling & shredding in our restaurants every day and celebrating the hardest working hands in fast food. Del Taco and its franchisees own and operate approximately 580 restaurants in 14 states. Del Taco owns and operates just over 310 of the stores in its system with the balance owned and operated by franchisees. Del Taco became a public company on June 30, 2015.

Dunkin' Brands

Jeanne Bolger Director Research & Development

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.

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group

Andrew Jacobson Executive Chef
Regis Holden Corporate Chef

Started as a single car-hop style restaurant in Pittsburgh in 1949, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group has grown into a portfolio of regional foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining. We now serve more than 50 million guests every year in our restaurants, on college and corporate campuses, and in every state in our online store.

Eat'n Park Restaurant was founded in 1949 as the first Pittsburgh-area drive-in with carhops. Though the carhops are gone, and we now have more than 60 locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, one thing remains the same -- our commitment to providing great food, exceptional value, and outstanding service.

With an extensive menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites, we have something for everyone. Our endless Soup, Salad & Fruit Bar features fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from local farms through our FarmSource program. Hand-breaded fish, homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, and our classic Superburger are just a few of the things guests love about Eat’n Park.

Our guests mean the world to us, and we go out of our way to accommodate food allergies and other special dietary requests, such as a host of low-calorie features as well as many Celiac friendly options including a gluten-free bun.

Plus, Eat'n Park is great for takeout. Our online ordering coupled with our many pickup windows make it quick, easy, and delicious!

In our bakeries, you’ll find fresh-baked bread, homemade pies like our famous Strawberry Pie (in season), and Smiley Cookies iced by hand. We have been handing out these iconic cookies for the past 30 years to children dining in our restaurants. Smiley Cookies are also available to guests of all ages, who buy them by the dozen. In fact, we produce almost 20 million Smiley Cookies every year!

With 8 locations and more on that way, Hello Bistro has been unifying vegetarians and carnivores under one roof since 2012. In addition to a ginormous salad bar where you can top, chop, and rock your greens, we’re known for cooking up juicy burgers fresh off the grill that are certain to tickle your fancy. But we don't stop where the burger meets the bun. Typical overachievers, we're also serving up grilled sam'iches, homemade soup, and tasty beverages to wet your whistle. Add a dash of attitude and a heaping helping of pop culture references, and there you have it: a sassy, spectacular fast-casual brand with a knack for chopping salads.

With two locations serving Oakland and the South Hills, The Porch features thoughtfully-crafted seasonal food made with fresh ingredients from our local partners and farms. Pause and reconnect with friends over a scratch-made meal and a cold drink on our porch. Our unique service style changes pace throughout the day, so you’ll enjoy a faster experience during lunch, and full-service hospitality over dinner.

First Watch Restaurant Group

Chris Tomasso CEO & President
Shane Schaibly Corporate Chef, VP of Culinary Strategy

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.


Dan Phalen Corporate Chef
Kaitlyn Venable Corporate Chef

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.

Luby's Cafeterias

Antoine Ware Corporate Chef
Dan Phalen Corporate Chef

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.

Luby's Culinary Services/Senior Living

Benjamin Schulman Corporate Chef

Luby’s Culinary Services launched in 2006 with a mission to redefine the contract food service industry. To be the best, not necessarily the biggest, is the daily mantra across this growing brand. Luby's Culinary Services provides food service management to 18 sites consisting of healthcare, higher education and corporate dining locations.

Marco's Franchising, LLC

Darren Gray Senior Director Menu & Culinary

Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza is the fastest-growing pizza company in the United States. Marco’s was founded in 1978 by Italian born, Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco and thrives by making Italian Pizza with fresh ingredients. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 900 stores in over 30 states and four countries. Most recently, Marco’s Pizza was ranked by consumers as America’s Favorite Pizza Chain through Market Force Information surveys. Other recent accolades include landing No. 83 on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, No. 5 on Forbes’ Top 10 Franchises to Invest In in the medium investment range and No. 8 on the Military Times Best For Vets list.

Parkhurst Dining

Gregg Gordon Purchasing Director

Parkhurst Dining, founded in 1996, is dedicated to creating personal relationships and authentic culinary experiences for corporations and private higher education institutions.

With an ever-present focus on quality, sustainability, and craftmanship, we offer a personalized approach to dining services and catering, tailoring highly customized programs to meet the needs of each client. Though we hang our hat on customization over standardization, Parkhurst Dining remains unwavering in our Culinary Gold Standards, which range from made-from-scratch pizza dough, to fresh stock soups, to hand-cut French fries.

We aim to nourish, comfort, and excite through our food offerings every single day.

Piada Italian Street Food

Matthew Harding Director of Culinary

We are passionate about food and about sharing it with others. We believe in eating well even when we need to eat fast. Great food starts with a few simple, fresh ingredients and someone who knows how to bring the best flavors to life. Every Piada is run by a chef — not a manager — who will personally greet you as you step up to the stone. Our open kitchen design invites you to share in the experience as our chef crafts your meal, to order — Piadas, Pasta Bowls, and Chopped Salads all to be enjoyed in our dining room or on the run. It's good food, made fast, made fresh. Every time.

Pizza Ranch

Sean Landrum Culinary R&D Director

In the heart of every cowboy is a dream. Adrie Groeneweg had one that started in Hull, Iowa, in 1981 when he was just 19 years old. It was simple. Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza? With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie’s mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born. The residents of Hull flocked to the young restaurant for made-from-scratch sauce and dough and other fresh ingredients. As word spread, Pizza Ranch grew. The dream that began in the heart of a young man now extends to thirteen states. It’s been quite a trail ride. Learn more about our history!

Sky Co-Op

Tom Hannon President

From a small kitchen in the village of Kastoria, Greece, a fascinated young Nicholas Lambrinides watched as his mother and grandmother prepared authentic Greek dishes. Their recipes had been passed down from generation to generation. These were unique, wonderful dishes that had the power to bring his whole family together. Nicholas dreamed that one day he would bring these recipes and traditions to America, where he could share them with friends and family. In 1949, his dream came true when Nicholas opened his first restaurant overlooking the skyline of Cincinnati, Ohio and began serving his delicious secret recipes to appreciative customers. Since then, Skyline Chili's Coneys,Ways and table-side service have been enjoyed by generations. Our Chili continues to be made from Nicholas's original recipe, using a secret blend of spices and only the highest quality ingredients. Skyline is dedicated to bringing friends and families together for an experience like no other and we will always be devoted to the American dream of that young man from a small village in Greece.


Matt Manitini C.E.C Director Product Development

Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon in Marseilles, France, Sodexo is now the worldwide leader in Quality of Life services. For over 50 years, we have developed unique expertise, backed by nearly 460,000 employees in 72 countries across the globe.

In combining the diverse talents of our teams, Sodexo is the only company to integrate a complete offer of innovative services, based on over 100 professions. We develop, manage and deliver a unique array of On-site Services, Benefits & Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services for all our clients to improve the Quality of Life.

Our experiences with our over 100 million customers each and every day enable us to develop Quality of Life services that reinforce the well-being of individuals, improving their effectiveness and helping companies and organizations to improve performance…every day.

Wild Wing Cafe

Philip Knight Director of Support Services
Sharyn Hooks Director of Catering

Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, SC, Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant featuring the homemade recipes of its two founders. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, they expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners purchased the company, and today, Wild Wing Cafe operates 43 locations. Made from scratch recipes, local beer selections, live music and nightly entertainment is at the core of the brand's personality. It all adds up to each location being their city's home for Hot Wings, Cold Beer and Good Times! To learn more, visit

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