BREAKOUT SESSION / WEDNESDAY / AUGUST 11, 2021 / 1:15 PM
Cannabis-Infused Cauliflower Crust With Vegan Cheese: Wait, Is That a Thing?
If you haven’t heard of Cannabis-Infused Cauliflower Crust with Vegan Cheese, don’t worry, it’s not a new menu trend. We made it up, but would you be surprised if it were all the rage? Customers’ obsession with trying the newest craze [think CBD] before everyone else is forcing chefs to add dramatic flares to the menu, but when is it too much?
This session will explore the latest menu trends and when or if brands should implement them.
Julie Lim | EVP of Foodservice | CAULIPOWER
Julie Lim is the EVP of Foodservice of CAULIPOWER. Julie has more than 15 years in coffee and foodservice industry leading sales, national accounts, and new business development for Fortune 500 companies such as Starbucks, Kraft Foods, and Nestle USA. Julie attended UCLA where she received a four-year golf scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is passionate for building programs for systematic change related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. She serves in the local community and the foodservice industry. She is also the recipient of the 2014 WFF Volunteer of the Year award.
Susan Taylor | President & CEO | Juice It Up!
A highly successful restaurant industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Susan Taylor joined the Juice It Up! family in 2019 as VP of Operations and Business Development and was promoted to President and CEO of the brand in early-2020. Susan has served in various leadership roles for national franchise chains including 14 years at Jamba, where she was the Senior Director of Franchise Operations, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill, Baja Fresh and Chevy’s Fresh Mex. Under her leadership, Juice It Up! has built upon its diverse offerings by putting a heavier focus on product innovation and ingredient functionality. Since coming on board, Susan has spearheaded initiatives that have dramatically improved both the guest-and franchisee-facing experience.
Chef Dave Woolley | Director of Deliciousness | Buffalo Wild Wings
Cooking at four- and five-star restaurants, Chef Dave Woolley has always wanted to further explore the culinary world through flavor & inspiration while either apprenticing at fine dining restaurants in Walt Disney World, perfecting cowboy cuisine at his family-owned Antero Grill restaurant, being mentored by culinary historian Sam Arnold at The Fort, or inspiring culinary research and development at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. In 2013, he formed CD Culinary Approach, a consulting company that helps inspire food service and retail brands through passionate innovation, ideation and initiation. He took this learning experience and brought it to his current role at Buffalo Wild Wings as Director of Culinary Innovation AKA “Director of Deliciousness”.
Mindy Armstrong | Director of Menu Strategy & Product Innovation | Buffalo Wild Wings
Mindy Armstrong finds excitement in discovery and has spent her career helping marketers and culinary teams do just that–discover what’s next for their business. By digging into marketplace trends, studying consumer data, hunting down the next gotta-try-it flavor, and uncovering the “so what,” Mindy is all about spirited and focused collaboration, asking “what if,” and inspiring her team toward action. In her current role, Mindy leads the menu strategy and product innovation efforts at Buffalo Wild Wings.