Grabbing a bite at taste of franchising


Great time at the taste of franchising last night. The hall was packed. Here’s some pictures. You can also follow this link to an album that includes highlights from the other events so far.

A big thanks to our sponsors who help make the event such a success.


Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is a rapidly expanding 70-plus restaurant chain serving award-winning sandwiches in 11 states. Growing primarily via multi-unit franchising, the franchise serves “Extraordinary Food for Those Unwilling to Settle!” and was voted America’s Greatest Sandwich by AOL Online/Lemondrop in 2009 and No. 1 in Overall Customer Excellence! by a Sandelman & Associates 2009 survey released in 2010.


CiCi’s Pizza

Declared America’s Favorite Pizza Chain, CiCi’s Pizza is the nation’s largest pizza buffet concept with more than 500 restaurants in 34 states. Franchisees benefit from 27 years of brand heritage, a 2-to-1 sales-to-investment ratio, four distinct revenue streams and no significant direct competitors in the pizza buffet segment. CiCi’s was ranked No. 1 in 2012 Market Force consumer study.


Great American Cookies

Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable products baked fresh in store.


Jersey Mike’s

Since 1956, Jersey Mike’s has had one recipe for success. In strong and weak economies, Jersey Mike’s has thrived and continued to grow because the brand won’t sacrifice the quality of its product. No one does what it does to ensure that its customers get the freshest, best tasting, authentic subs. This simple formula has helped the company to grow to more than 600 locations in 34 states, and has earned Jersey Mike’s “Best Sub” awards in virtually every market they serve.

1302-marcos-pizza-webMarco’s Pizza

Marco’s Franchising, LLC is the 34-year-old franchisor of the 350-unit Marco’s Pizza chain. Operating in 20 states, Marco’s also has more than 1,200 stores sold in its area representative development program. Marco’s Pizza stores sell “Authentic Italian” pizza, fresh oven-baked subs, cheesy bread and chicken wings.


Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt creates lasting memories by being the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make guests smile. Guests can choose from rotating flavors and a variety of toppings to make the perfect mix. With an unparalleled guest experience that is welcoming and fun, there is happiness in every cup.


Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes began franchising in 2006 and is a unique celebration concept that offers the best cake you will ever taste, share or give. Nothing Bundt Cakes has 65 bakeries open from the West Coast to the Mississippi River; Northeast to open summer of 2013. The company delivers heartfelt yum.


PepsiCo Foodservice

The PepsiCo Foodservice Division integrates the relevant units of Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay together with Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade in the United States and Canada. Rooted in PepsiCo’s “Power of One” principles, PepsiCo Foodservice leverages the scale and breadth of the corporation’s brands to provide a unified voice to its customers and deliver competitive advantage in the fast-growing foodservice and vending channels.


Port of Subs

Guests have been enjoying the great taste of Port of Subs sandwiches for 40 years. Currently Port of Subs has over 140 units open in seven Western states. Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” and Restaurants and Institutions “Top 400” have recognized Port of Subs as one of the top franchise opportunities.


Romacorp, Inc., Parent Company For Tony Roma’s

Tony Roma’s is one of the largest casual theme restaurant chains specializing in ribs in the world. Forty years and nearly 200 restaurant locations, Tony Roma’s is one of the most globally recognizable names in the industry. Now, the chain offers the most unique, extensive selections of steak and seafood entrées in its segment today.


Sweet Arleen’s

Sweet Arleen’s bakes on-site daily a fresh selection of boutique-style cupcakes and bread puddings, bringing comfort food to a whole new level. Sweet Arleen’s award-winning cupcakes are perfect for birthday parties, weddings or even an inspiring treat for your next business meeting. Its bread puddings, savory or sweet, are paired with individual sauces to create a unique tasting experience. As the Undefeated Champion of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Sweet Arleen’s is pleasing you with its cupcakes and bread puddings, which is a privilege. Enjoy. ⎯