Innovation Forum Speaker

Stephen Smittle

Chief Operating Officer
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Gusto Farm to Street

As COO of emerging fast casual brand Gusto Farm to Street, Stephen Smittle is responsible for all areas within the company. Gusto partners with 21 local farms to serve fresh salads and pizzas in metro DC and North Carolina, differentiating itself with menu items such as cauliflower pizza crust. Stephen has been in the restaurant business for nearly 30 years, having previously held executive operations positions at Au Bon Pain, Le Pain Quotidien, and upscale French bakery PAUL USA.



The fast casual was honored, along with Wingstop and 7-Eleven, by the editors of Restaurant Business at the FSTEC conference.

Domino’s Pizza has been named the most innovative restaurant company in tech and honored with the 2018 Tech Accelerator of the Year award by Restaurant Business.

The chicken chain is testing voice-activated technology, social media and QR codes to improve training and the work environment.

FSTEC and Restaurant Business announce the Tech Accelerator Awards for 2018.