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.

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
Seafood chef talks increasing popularity of oysters 1
Jeremy Sewall is chef–owner of three Boston area restaurants
Consumer Picks 2015: The Melting Pot finds success with menu updates
The chain's management began implementing revolutionary changes in operations and the menu in 2011 and 2012
5 of the latest restaurant dessert trends
Chefs say the unexpected will be popular this year
Chef Brooke Williamson talks whiskey, latest concepts
The Los Angeles-based chef plans to open a retail concept
Menu Tracker: New items from IHOP, Ted’s Montana Grill, Wingstop, more
McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme, Culver's, others also introduce new menu items
Good Times Restaurants names Jim Zielke CFO
Zielke replaces acting CFO Gary Heller
Carvel executive chef talks new ice cream flavors 1
Dave Fenner says chain’s Nutella flavor was a hit with customers
Top 5 fruit and vegetable trends for 2015 1
Chefs say exotic fruit, uncommon herbs will be popular this year
Restaurants upgrade coffee offerings as consumer tastes mature 1
America’s favorite hot beverage is getting hotter
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Blogs & Commentary
May 25, 2015

Shake Shack just had a spectacular week

Shake Shack is up more than 40 percent since May 14, and now has a valuation rivaling big restaurant chains....More
May 22, 2015

A toast to juice as mixers

Juice bar concepts see an opportunity with more-healthful mixers for home mixologists....More

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