Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor,
Nation's Restaurant News



Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice. He joined Nation’s Restaurant News in 1999, after spending about five years as a journalist in Thailand, where he wrote business and food stories. His columns in NRN won the 2006 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best staff-written editorial or opinion column. A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in history, Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

Friendly’s purchasing director discusses strategy
Kyle Hauser says chain is developing supply chain efficiencies, discipline
Huddle House names new executive chef
Jenn Townsend to lead menu development at family-dining chain
Guacamole moves beyond Mexican food
Chains including Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts add the avocado dip to menu items
True Food Kitchen works to make menu more sustainable
Brand chef Arik Markus discusses recent menu updates
Menu Tracker: New items from Subway, Pinkberry, Outback Steakhouse, more
Dunkin’ Donuts, Carl’s Jr., Krystal, others also introduce new menu items
Tasca Chino fuses Spanish, Chinese cuisines
New York City restaurateurs Simon Oren and David Sasson open tapas-dim sum restaurant
Hooters names Carl Sweat CMO
Sweat replaces Dave Henninger at the casual-dining chain
Women Chefs & Restaurateurs hosts annual conference
Attendees participated in workshops and offsite tours that included panel discussions, more
Women Chefs & Restaurateurs appoints new president
Ruth Gresser named at annual conference, which recognizes women’s contributions to foodservice
Top 5 trends in restaurant side dishes
Items can be a great way to boost checks
Menu Tracker: New items from McDonald's, Denny's, Robeks, more
Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, El Pollo Loco, others also introduce new menu items
Tavern on the Green names John Stevenson executive chef 
Stevenson is New York City restaurant’s third chef since it reopened last April
Top 5 nonalcoholic beverage trends
Chefs say distinctive offerings are popular this year
James Beard Awards to stay in Chicago until 2017
Foundation to hold gala outside New York hometown for first time this year
Menu Tracker: New items from Boston Market, Saladworks, Wendy’s, more
Bruegger’s Bagels, Cousins Subs, Legal Sea Foods, others also introduce new menu items
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