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.

Zoe's Kitchen Live Med Salad
11 takes on whole-grain menu items
Quinoa, farro, chia, amaranth and more shine in healthful dishes and drinks
Piada Italian Street Food quinoa
Whole grains make gains on restaurant menus 
Once a hard sell, farro, spelt, quinoa, amaranth and other grains become increasingly popular
Slapfish Pitarito
MenuMasters 2016 Trendsetter Award: Slapfish
Chain rethinks supply chain to make sustainable seafood affordable
Sodexo Peruvian pork seco
MenuMasters 2016 Best Menu Revamp: Sodexo
Crisol Latin Kitchen brings “melting pot” of flavors to campus
Stanford dining Cook Smart
MenuMasters 2016 Best Healthful Innovations: Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises
Partnership with chef Jamie Oliver trains students in healthful cooking
The Melting Pot Summer Seafood Catch
MenuMasters 2016 Best Limited-Time Offer: The Melting Pot
Fondue chain’s Dip into Summer promotion taps into seasonal tastes
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Meet the 2016 MenuMasters Award winners
See how the award winners are exceeding the evolving demands of customers
Arby's sliders
MenuMasters 2016 Best Menu/Line Extension: Arby's sliders
Sandwich chain sells 100 million sliders within months of their debut
 Jack in the Box's Classic Buttery Jack burger
MenuMasters 2016 Best New Menu Item: Jack in the Box
Premium ingredients elevate new burger offering
Barberitos bowl
Menu Tracker: New items from Wendy’s, Sweetgreen, IHOP, more
Restaurant chains introduce new sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, ice cream sandwiches and more
TGI Fridays lunch combo
TGI Fridays launches new lunch menu
Casual-dining chain urges customers to 'make lunch count'
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Saladworks’ new CEO works to refresh troubled brand 
Patrick Sugrue talks about remodeling and instilling a "culture of winning"
BurgerFi's Brisky Business burger
NRN Survey: Operators change menus for seasonality, cost
Diners expect seasonal options across segments
7-Eleven parent company chairman resigns
Toshifumi Suzuki steps down amid reported succession struggle
BurgerFi burger
Menu Tracker: New items from Baskin-Robbins, PizzaRev, Ted’s Montana Grill, more
Restaurant chains introduce new burgers, pizzas, ice creams and more

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