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The food tour was part of the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

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Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

Nine keys for driving speed of service

Restaurants can become victims of their own success when high volume slows down service. Check out these tips for satisfying the need for speed.

Smashburger named top brand, Fazoli’s CEO named top exec for 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

Criteria included innovation, growth, social responsibility and overall contribution.

How jazzing up menus may increase sales

Shannon McClellan of Kraft attended the recent Fast Casual Executive Summit and discussed menu innovation.

The importance of brand rails at the Fast Casual Executive Summit

Ken Kimmel, co-founder of On the Spot Systems, a customer-satisfaction measurement company, and a former Dunkin' Donuts executive, talked to editor Cherryh Butler about the importance of knowing ones brand and operating within that definition. The conversation took place at the 2013 Fast Casual Executive Summit.

4 restaurant marketing keys for 2014 from the Fast Casual Executive Summit

Ellen Hartman, president and CEO of Hartman Public Relations, talked to senior editor Cherryh Butler at the 2013 Fast Casual Executive Summit. Hartman contributed a commentary for the 2014 Fast Casual State of the Industry Report.

Choosing the right oven at the Fast Casual Executive Summit

Dave Brewer, COO of Cooking Solutions for The Middleby Corporation, says that the right oven can help not only make great food, but also keep great employees, whose morale is supported by having excellent, appropriate equipment to do their jobs. He made his remarks at the 2013 Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Menu upgrades discussed at the Fast Casual Executive Summit

Shannon McClellan, key account manager for Kraft, attended the Fast Casual Executive Summit and talked with site editor Cherryh Butler about simple ways to upgrade menu items, such as with Kraft's Grey Poupon.

Mobile is ideal for Millennials

When it comes to mobile marketing in fast casual restaurants, it's all about Millennials—at least that's the belief of several restaurant operators we listened to at last week's Fast Casual Executive Summit in New Orleans. A panel titled, "The Big...

They said what? Top quotes from Fast Casual Exec Summit

Nearly 150 restaurant operators gathered last week in New Orleans for our eighth annual Fast Casual Executive Summit. We were honored to meet leaders of some of the industry's leading fast casual chains, but just as important were the smaller...

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NEWS


Latest SpenDifference study to forecast 2015 restaurant menu prices

Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card and will receive a complimentary copy of the findings.

Heartland Payment Systems hosting CEO roundtable at Fast Casual Exec Summit

A quartet of C-suite executives from the fast casual segment will participate in a roundtable Oct. 14 in Denver as part of the annual Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Marriott exec to share insights on hotel chain's fast casual concept

Lon Southerland, senior director, global food and beverage for Marriott International, will keynote the ninth annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 12-14 in Denver. During his keynote, Southerland will describe how and why he chose to break from the standard...

Larry Winget to keynote Fast Casual Executive Summit

Larry Winget, AKA The Pitbull of Personal Development, will keynote the 9th annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 12-14 in Denver. Larry Winget His presentation will pull material from three of his six bestselling books, Shut Up, Stop Whining &...

Project Pie teams up with private equity firm to accelerate growth

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Project Pie today announced a partnership with NYC-based Lee Equity Partners, headed by investor Thomas H. Lee.

Does your dine-in experience put guests in control?

Whether it's choosing fries or apples with their burgers or the music playing in the restaurant, guests want to be in charge of everything these days. That trend is why this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit is dedicating a session...

Fatburger opens 1st unit in Tunisia

Fatburger has opened its first location in Tunisia. The fast casual restaurant brings its made-to-order burgers to North Africa's tourist town, Sidi Bou Said, under the direction of Solitaire Food Service Inc. Fatburger currently operates in 27 countries and is...

VooDoo BBQ cashing in on increased tourist traffic

VooDoo BBQ & Grill, a franchise system in New Orleans, is riding a growing trend that shows no sign of stopping: Tourists are spending their money at limited-service restaurants, which include QSRs and fast casual restaurants. Tourism spending at American...

Fatburger featuring Orange Creamsicle Shake

Fatburger is now offering an Orange Creamsicle Shake for a limited time, available until Oct. 7. The Orange Creamsicle Shake, mixed with hand-scooped vanilla ice cream, can be topped with whipped cream and paired with one of Fatburger's burger creations,...

Panera franchisee signs multi-unit deal for The Pizza Studio

Los Angeles-based The Pizza Studio, announced the signing of an agreement with Studio 37 LLC of San Jose, Calif., to develop 25 new restaurants throughout the greater San Francisco metro area. The managing member of Studio 37 is Jeff Burrill,...

Tropical Smoothie Café donates $2M to Camp Sunshine

Tropical Smoothie Café presented a donation check of $515,000 this week to Camp Sunshine, a national retreat in Casco, Maine, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The donation was a result of proceeds from the restaurant brand's National...

Carville, Matalin to discuss gov't issues facing restaurateurs at Fast Casual Exec Summit

James Carville and Mary Matalin, Washington D.C.’s most high-profile political couple, will bring a fiery conversation about how Washington is affecting the restaurant industry to the 8th annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 13-15 in New Orleans, said Cherryh Butler,...

Jamaican Jerk Bowl debuts at Tropical Smoothie Café

Tropical Smoothie Café is adding a Jamaican Jerk Bowl to its menu for a limited time only. The new bowl, which is derived from the top-selling Jamaican Jerk Wrap, is now available through June 9. Reinforcing its "Eat Better, Feel...

Schlotzsky's shatters company record with 170-unit franchise deal

Schlotzsky's has signed its largest franchise agreement in more than 40 years; the partnership calls for 170 Schlotzsky's locations throughout California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino counties, according to a company press release. Each of the new...

Operators to learn about word-of-mouth marketing in the 'social age'

Attendees of the Fast Casual Exec Summit will learn how to inspire customers to "talk up" their brands via social media.

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October 12-14 | Denver

Growth. Leadership. Innovation.

The go-to event of the year for fast casual operators is coming to the epicenter of the industry: Denver!

The 9th annual Fast Casual Executive Summit will bring together the movers and shakers from the segment for two and a half days of networking and nitty gritty work group sessions designed to stimulate your team, foster new implementable innovations and cover the industry's top strategic issues.