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June 6-9 ◈ Sun Valley, ID

About SUMMER Non-Commercial FoodOvation

The SUMMER FoodOvation exchange is for non-commercial operators and manufacturers only. If you are interested in participating in one of our commercial FoodOvations, please click on either the SPRING or FALL 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 sparking 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.

The ideal channels for Summer FoodOvation are: Hospitals • Schools / College / Universities • In-store Deli • Entertainment / Sporting Venues • Convenience Stores • Hotel / Hospitality • Long-term Healthcare / Senior Living

Advisory Council

Patricia Bando
Associate VP Auxiliary Services
Boston College

Ben Carpenter
Associate Brand Manager, Foodservice
Bush Brothers & Company

Brian Contreras
Corporate Director of Culinary Experiences
Hyatt Hotels

Kevin D'Onofrio
Resident District Manager
UAlbany Dining

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

Gottfried Ernst
Vice President of Hospitality
Green Courte Partners, LLC

Greg Fatigati
Research & Innovation Chef / CIA Liaison
Food+ at Google HQ

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

Karen Keown
National Accounts Manager, Imports
Savor Imports

Dan Kish
Food Fixe

Anani LeFevre
Director of Field Operations - Mexico
Hilton Supply Management

Marjan Kodric
VP of Dining Services
Brookdale Senior Living

Michael Vetro
Executive Chef
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Jennifer Ziegler
Senior Director of Sales – Non Commercial & Emerging

Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley Idaho

This unique setting, at the historic Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, offers a rare and exquisite opportunity to build relationships with peers in a way that extends beyond the typical sessions. We’re not saying Sun Valley has special powers, but a lot of magical things do happen here.

Learn more about Sun Valley


Friedman Memorial Airport | SUN

Sun Valley is served by Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN). It’s located 14 miles from the resort and is easily accessible from the gateway cities of San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), and Salt Lake City (SLC). These cities are served by most major airlines and are met by Sun Valley’s two connecting carriers: Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air) and SkyWest (United Express/Delta Connection. The resort offers a free shuttle from the airport to the Sun Valley Inn.


Sun Valley Resort offers a complimentary guest resort shuttle for transportation to/from Friedman Memorial Airport and the Sun Valley Resort. Simply contact the resort at 208-622-2097 and schedule a ride based on your arrival and departure times.

Boise Airport | BOI

The Boise Airport is located approximately 150 miles from Sun Valley Resort. Conference attendees can rent a car at the Boise airport or book a ride on the daily shuttle service between Boise Airport (BOI) and the Sun Valley Lodge via Sun Valley Express.


There is a daily shuttle service between Boise Airport (BOI) and the Sun Valley Lodge called Sun Valley Express. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling Sun Valley Express at (877) 622-8267 / (208) 622-8267 or going online to Tickets also may be purchased on the bus at time of departure on a space available basis.

Twin Falls Airport | TWF

The Magic Valley Regional Airport Is located approximately 85 miles from Sun Valley Resort. Conference attendees can rent a car at the airport and proceed to Sun Valley.

Around Sun Valley

Sun Valley is a complete walking village, where automobiles are unnecessary. Condominium units are located within easy walking distance of the Sun Valley Village, but complimentary bus service is also available. The Mountain Rides Transportation Authority system provides free transportation throughout the Wood River Valley, including continuous round trips from the Village to both Dollar and Bald Mountains and to the town of Ketchum and Elkhorn Springs.


Casual attire is encouraged at FoodOvation. Neither Sun Valley 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.
Summer weather in Sun Valley is pretty close to perfect. The daytime highs range from mid 60's to low 80's and evening lows are generally around 40 degrees. There will most likely be a lot of sun and a light breeze. Please check the weather forecast for details the week before arrival and bring your sun glasses!
Yes, significant others are welcome and encouraged to join! There is no additional cost for significant others to attend.

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Luke Kircher

…until SUMMER FoodOvation


June 6 – 9, 2021
Sun Valley Idaho

Due to current state, government and corporate travel restrictions continuing to extend throughout the country, we have made the prudent decision to postpone Summer FoodOvation until 2021.

We look forward to hosting you in Sun Valley next year!