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.

Nancy Kruse, Bret Thorn look back at 2014 menu trends
Thorn and Kruse break down the year’s top menu trends
The hottest trend in fries
Poutine is becoming popular at restaurants around the country
Menu Tracker: New items from Longhorn, Firebirds, more
Quaker Steak & Lube, Rock Bottom and Boudin also introduce new menu items
Restaurant Menu Watch: Pizza Hut’s ‘subconscious menu’ sparks fears of Big Brother
U.K units use retina-scanning technology to tell customers what they want
Top 5 food trends of 2014
NRN breaks down this year's biggest trends in the restaurant industry
Top 5 beverage trends of 2014
NRN breaks down the biggest drink trends in the restaurant industry
Menu Tracker: New items from Macaroni Grill, Qdoba, Subway, more
Carl’s Jr., Quaker Steak & Lube, The Tilted Kilt, more also introduce new menu items
NPD: Younger consumers eating more fresh food
Rate at which young people are switching to fresh fruit, veggies, more is accelerating, report finds
GrubHub compares user trends with chef predictions
Online food delivery service puts NRA chef survey results to the test
Restaurant Menu Watch: Doritos-flavored drink leaves some queasy
Mountain Dew tests “Dewitos” soft drink on college campuses
Trending Tables: 50 hot restaurants for fall, winter 2014
A look at some of the most popular eateries across the nation
Menu Tracker: New items from Burger King, Popeyes, Buca di Beppo, more
Holiday-themed treats abound on restaurant menus
Chefs predict top culinary trends for 2015
National Restaurant Association releases "What’s Hot in 2015" forecast
Huddle House returns to positive performance
CEO Michael Abt talks remodeling, marketing and menu
Arby's pushes fresh take on marketing, menu, design 
CEO Paul Brown says quick-service sandwich chain is clarifying its brand vision at 50
Free eNewsletters! 
Want the latest in the world of foodservice news & trends? 
Check out our e-newsletters

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×