Attendees at the 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit line up to register for and attend the Day 1 food tour. The tour took four separate groups of about 20 people to fast casual restaurants throughout the Chicago area.
Attendees at the 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit gather to participate in the opening food tour.
The first stop for group two was I Dream of Falafel, a fast casual restaurant with three locations. The restaurant was founded by partners Shoaib Aziz, Imram and Munaf Kasbati and Henry Nuguid.
Larry Reinstein from Salsarita's (left) and Mo Asgari of MonkeyMedia Software (right) decide which menu items to order from I Dream of Falafel during the 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit food tour.
During the tour, I Dream of Falafel founders worked the line and explained the concept to attendees. Menu items include falafel wraps and kabobs in addition to platters that include rice, salads and hummus.
For members of bus No. 2, the second stop featured Jamba Juice.
Wei Bee, COO of Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, and Vickie Grimes from Boyds Coffee, share a smoothie from Jamba Juice during the 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit food tour.
Retail sales are a big part of Jamba Juice's operational strategy. Items for sale include hats, books, T-shirts and other Jamba Juice-branded apparel and items.
The final stop for members of bus No. 2 was Epic Burger, a fast casual restaurant with four locations throughout Chicago. Menu items include the Epic Burger, Turkey Burger, Portabella Sandwich and Chicken Breast.
An Epic Burger employee prepares an entrée for a restaurant guest.
Chicago-based Grahamwich made this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit food tour.
Members of the food tour take time to relax while waiting for their food. Pictured: Rich Ventura, NEC, Sean Kennedy, Cowboy Chicken, Marjorie McConville, Ravioli Oli, Lorri and David Jones, Blazing Onion Burger Co., Johanna Duprey, MonkeyMedia Software
A Grahamwich staple is their popcorn. Once heated, the popcorn is tossed with parmesan cheese, herbs and truffle oil.
After eating popcorn and sandwiches, the group moved on to Go Roma where they dined on an assortment of pizza, pasta and salad.
Always a food tour favorite: Portillo's hot dogs. Members of the food tour completed their travels at the eatery where they sampled a variety of hot dogs, ending the meal with chocolate cake.