About us

Since 1997, FastCasual.com has reported on the important news, events, trends and people in the $23.5 billion fast casual restaurant industry segment. We reach a global audience of industry professionals looking to track the latest food and beverage trends, top markets for growth and hot concepts. Our site features a directory of product and service providers as well as slideshows, videos and research.


Site Editors

Brenda Rick Smith

Brenda Rick Smith has more than 20 years of experience as a marketing and public relations professional. Prior to joining FastCasual.com, she invested most of her career telling the story of entrepreneurial non-profit organizations, particularly through social media.

Nicole Troxell

Nicole Troxell’s work has appeared in business, education, technical, and travel publications. She most recently worked as a college English instructor. Her creative nonfiction earned an award from Upstreet, a national literary magazine. 

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