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2024 Speakers

Jason SuttonDirector of OperationsFooters Catering

Director of Operations Jason Sutton leads the Footers Catering culinary team in Denver, Colorado as they execute over 700 full-service off-site events and feed more than 75,000 guests each year. Sutton is passionate about sharing his unique knowledge and experience to help caterers around the country improve their leadership and company culture. Before graduating from Kendall College in Chicago Sutton was hand selected to be part of the opening team for Terzo Piano - A Chef Tony Mantuano Restaurant. At 21-years-old Sutton organized and managed the hot food line for a restaurant with daily covers over 300 guests.His first externship after graduation was at the AAA four-diamond Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Restaurant in Kapalua, Hawaii. Sutton was selected for a Butcher Apprenticeship under a Certified Master Butcher of 35+ years. Over three years he contributed in every kitchen at the $22-million resort and gained an incredibly versatile knowledge of flavors. Sutton has produced incredible event experiences with Footers Catering over the past ten years. He has successfully organized logistics for some of the most complex off-premise catering experiences in the industry, including a Festival serving 15,000 guests over three days; a Global Sales Conference serving 13,800 meals over two days; and a Colorado Bike Race serving 5,300 meals over two days. Each of these events was held in a remote location with zero kitchen facilities, where Sutton not only had to execute award-winning menus, but also build kitchen facilities from the ground-up in these locations. Sutton has gained a national reputation for being an expert in large-scale event logistics and has worked alongside other top caterers to put on the biggest and best events from NYC Broadway openings to multiple Super Bowls. His talent has been recognized by the International Caterers Association, where he served as Board Culinary Chair for 3 years, recruiting education and scholarship mentors for Catersource. He has been a featured speaker in front of national audiences at the Catersource conference since 2017.