Ingredient-Focused Concepts Breed Consumer Loyalty

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On this episode of Fast Casual Nation, brought to you by the Foodable Network and Avocados From Mexico, we are bringing you into Miami’s new upscale-casual concept, Burger Taco Whiskey. Created by 50 Eggs Restaurant Group, with John Kunkel of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill fame at the helm, Burger Taco Whiskey (also known as BTW) shows us how concepts innovate around ingredients to create differentiation in the market. Watch the full episode as Kunkel taps into the biggest challenge in this market right now, why this upscale-casual model is great for operators in a tough real estate market, and how to get the most value out of your employees.

Caffé Nero Brings European Flavor to the American Coffeehouse

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On this episode of "Fast Casual Nation," brought to you by the Foodable Network and Avocados from Mexico, Host Paul Barron explores Italian coffee company Caffé Nero, a brand that is upgrading the coffeehouse experience in America one location at a time. Caffé Nero's USA Director, Jay Gentile, joins us on this episode to discuss the importance of the brand’s consistently authentic European design, and how each detail translates to creating the best atmosphere possible for the guest experience. Watch the full episode to discover how Caffé Nero’s service line is set up differently than most, how prime real estate locations are chosen, and how they are sourcing ingredients.

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.

Veggie Grill Leads the Way with New Age Food

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In this episode of Fast Casual Nation, brought to you by the Foodable Network, host Paul Barron talks to Greg Dollarhyde, Chief Energizing Officer at Veggie Grill about this veggie centric fast casual concept. Veggie Grill caters to a range of consumers, who all want the same thing– great tasting food that is still good for them. Watch the full episode to learn more about how this concept's style matches the trendy Hollywood location and the creative menu that mimics diner's favorites, but with healthy ingredients and less calories.