Thanks to our incredible sponsors


Compass Group

Compass Group North America is the leader in food management and hospitality. By combining fresh ideas with the industry’s greatest talent, we continue to set the standards for food and service excellence. Our parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, operates in 50 countries, with leading market positions in the UK, Continental Europe, Australia, and the US, combined with business in developing markets in Eastern Europe, South America, and Asia. Compass Group employs more than 500,000 associates worldwide delivering superior service for the highest customer experience. The Group had revenues of £19.9 billion in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.

Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. is a leading global lodging company with more than 6,200 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 125 countries and territories. Founded by J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott and guided by family leadership for 90 years, Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world.  The company is headquartered outside of Washington, DC in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. To learn more about its rich heritage, core values, brands and career opportunities, please visit

Hobart/ITW Corporation

Hobart makes a full line of equipment for the foodservice and food retail industry, including cooking, food preparation, warewashers, weigh wrap, Baxter baking and Traulsen refrigeration. We support our customers when and where it counts the most. Hobart has manufacturing operations in the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. It also includes the industry’s largest service network with more than 200 sales and service locations worldwide. Our headquarters are located in Troy, Ohio, USA. ITW Food Equipment Group is the brand behind the brands found in commercial kitchens, bakeries, delis and groceries around the world. We are proud to support foodservice and food retail professionals by providing quality food equipment, innovative technologies and expert service you can trust to keep your  operation running smoothly and efficiently—all at a lower total cost of ownership. Our family of premium brands cover all your food equipment needs, from food preparation and refrigeration to cooking and baking to dishwashing and waste reduction to weighing and packaging. Backed by our nationwide network of 1,500 factory-trained service technicians, we are always nearby to install, maintain and service equipment of nearly any make or model. 

Damascus Bakery

Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, Damascus has been pleasing customers for 84 years. With grandsons Ed and Dave Mafoud at the helm, old-world traditions and new-world technology provide the perfect recipe for their extensive bakery line of pitas, lahvash wraps, paninis, flat bread roll-ups, and pizza crusts.  


Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits


With a territory spanning 44 U.S. markets, the District of Columbia, Canada and the Caribbean, our local team members are always close by and ready to help our customers. No matter where you are, we're committed to providing you with the products and service you need to grow your business. We seek to provide more than supply chain solutions or an unparalleled selection of world-class wines and spirits. We strive to provide superior service for customers and suppliers, and a superior place to work for our employees. Because each of us understands that the best way to do business is with people you trust. 

Pernod Ricard USA

Pernod Ricard USA is one of the leaders in the United States spirits and wine industry. Through years of attainments, in-corporations, and growth, the company has developed a strong market presence and a solid portfolio of premium brands. Their achievements and ambitions are based on core values that guide their actions: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust, and a strong sense of ethics.

Empire Merchants LLC


Empire Merchants LLC is the premier wine and spirits distributor in the Metropolitan New York area with roots going back to the end of Prohibition. With more than 1,300 dedicated associates and state-of-the-art facilities, Empire Merchants LLC has become synonymous with both service and quality and has earned the loyalty of more than 10,000 area restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, and retail outlets. Empire Merchants LLC acts as a marketing agent for the brands that we represent and is proud to employ the most knowledgeable and well-equipped sales force in Metro New York. 


Restaurant Associates


Recognized as the nation’s premier hospitality company, operating over 160 prestigious locations. Restaurant Associates, based in New York City, provides premium food services to museums, performing arts centers, aquariums, corporate dining, educational facilities and off-premise catering events in New York City, Boston, Hartford, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Toronto. Restaurant Associates is a subsidiary of Compass Group North America, the world’s leading foodservice organization. 

Clif Bar Foundation

We started the Foundation to support grassroots groups led by people whose vision and commitment we deeply admired. We know what a few people with innovative ideas and persistence can accomplish – Clif Bar’s roots are grassroots.

Over the years, we’ve been proud to support hundreds of organizations that are working tirelessly to conserve wild places and open spaces, advocate for pedestrian- and bike-friendly communities, and expand urban forests and restore watersheds. These nonprofits often are on the front lines, striving to safeguard public health and the environment by expanding organic farming acreage, improving local and global food security, investigating the impact of environmental toxins, and tackling the root causes of climate change.