Suzy Badaracco opened the educational portion of the 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit. Her keynote address, Navigating a Changing Landscape, covered menu and flavor trends as they relate to health, consumers and legislation.
Richard Satnick, founder of Laughing Planet Cafe and Dick's Kitchen, asks a question about the Paleo Diet trend during Suzy's Badaracco's opening keynote.
Betsy Craig (left) introduces the session panel, Farm to Fork: Bridging the Sustainability Gap. Panelists (from left) were Peter Truitt of Truitt Bros., Tamara Barnett from The Hartman Group, and Richard Satnick of Laughing Planet Cafe and Dick's Kitchen.
Annica Kreider of McAlister's Deli discusses the company's successful marketing campaign tied to its sweet tea product. Kreider was part of the session that addressed beverage trends in the restaurant space.
Paul Mangiamele, president of Bennigan's, asks a question during the presentation, Reputation Management: Crisis Communication Planning, Response and Recovery. The session was given by Ellen Weaver Hartman of Hartman Public Relations.
From left: Reputation Management session speaker Ellen Weaver Hartman and session moderator Linda Duke.
John Weber of LEK Consulting discusses Generation Y during the session: The Future Foodservice Consumer.
2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit attendees gather for lunch after a morning of educational sessions.
Tom Feltenstein, founder of Power Marketing Academy, delivered the keynote address on Day 2 of the Fast Casual Executive Summit. Feltenstein discussed three key things needed to make any business venture a success: strategy, passion and energy.
Tom & Eddie's co-founder Tom Dentice won a marketing strategy consultation given by Tom Feltenstein of Power Marketing Academy.
After each educational session, Summit attendees were given the opportunity to mix, mingle and refuel.
Technology Solutions to Drive ROI session speakers included (from left): Craig Rathbun of Philips, Rodrick Glass of Allure Global, Asif Khan from the Location Based Marketing Association, and David Jones of Blazing Onion Burger Co.
Ed Rensi, co-founder of Tom & Eddie's, speaks with the brand's VP of Operations, Tony Dentice.
Joe Stanton addresses the audience during the presentation, De-Coding Multi-Channel Messages: Practical Uses for Your Guest Feedback.
Closing out the Summit was a CEO panel. The panel included (from left): Ed Rensi, co-founder, Tom & Eddie's; Dan Kim, founder, Red Mango; Kevin Reddy, CEO, Noodles & Co.; Matthew Corrin, founder/CEO, Freshii; and Paul Mangiamele, president, Bennigan's.