NRA President & CEO Dawn Sweeney to Kick Off "Fast Casual Nation" Documentary Premiere in Chicago

For one night only, Foodable WebTV Network is pairing up with the National Restaurant Association and the new Virgin Hotels Chicago to unveil the film premiere of “Fast Casual Nation,” a documentary that takes a deeper look into the restaurant industry segment that’s changing the way America eats.

Introducing the screening, along with Paul Barron and other industry notables, will be Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association.

The invite-only premiere event, with nearly 175 attendees, will take place during the week of the NRA Show, and guests will enjoy a cocktail reception and step and repeat before the screening. Guests include fast casual VIPs from the film, including NRA Chief Innovation & Member Advancement Officer Phil Kafarakis, FCIC members, and founders & CEOs of restaurant brands throughout the world.

Fast Casual Nation: Changing the Way America Eats

There’s a reason McDonald’s is still wiping the grease off its hands, and there’s something to be said for Olive Garden’s downfall (breadsticks and all). In the land of restaurant operations, fast casual is king. It’s a segment that continues to make history. And while some say history shouldn’t be repeated, it certainly deserves to be documented.

“With the fast casual concept changing and influencing the landscape of the entire restaurant industry, there is no better time than now to hold a microscope and analyze the major players, trends and influences in the segment,” says Paul Barron, Founder, CEO and Executive Producer at Foodable.

With exclusive interviews from fast casual analysts, experts and leaders representing more than 20 innovative fast casual concepts around the country, “Fast Casual Nation” takes viewers inside the brilliant minds of the industry insiders who started it all. Who have taken fast casual to another level. And who have innovated and intensified the movement that’s influencing the way consumers dine.

A first of its kind, “Fast Casual Nation” unveils the secrets and vision of this $50 Billion restaurant industry segment. And unlike most behind-the-scenes documentaries that aim to unfold negative agendas, “Fast Casual Nation” shows the passion, community and sincerity of operators trying to make a difference not only in dining, but in modern-day consumer culture.

Fast casual has changed America. It has impacted farming, human health and the culinary arts. And it’s not going anywhere. So buckle up for this awe-inspiring ride of cinematic artistry and make history with us.

As Smashburger Founder Tom Ryan said, “People want two things: They want food with a story, and they want that story to make them feel good about what they’re eating.”

This is our story.