From left Danny Meyer Bobby Stuckey moderator Andrew Zimmern Ashley Christensen and Rick Bayless covered brand extensions quotfine casualquot and more on their panel

From left: Danny Meyer, Bobby Stuckey, moderator Andrew Zimmern, Ashley Christensen and Rick Bayless covered brand extensions, "fine casual" and more on their panel.

The success equation for fine casual

Restaurant Hospitality editor Mike Sanson attended the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 18-21. The event attracts more than 5,000 attendees, celebrated chefs, wine makers and spirits experts. A component of the festival is several trade panels designed specifically for restaurant operators. Sanson’s focus was on covering those trade panels and interviews with top chefs and industry experts attending the event. • See more Chef Interviews

At the recent Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, a panel of upscale chefs discussed their thoughts on the fine-casual segment and how some of them have managed to include fine-casual restaurants into their restaurant groups. The discussion, part of the American Express Restaurant Trade Program, was moderated by James Beard Award winner Andrew Zimmern, who hosts the Bizarre Foods franchise on the Travel Channel. Sitting on the panel were:

• Rick Bayless,

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