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.

Restaurants kick off summer with new LTOs
Menu items inspired by barbecue, baseball, backyard cookouts
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Joe Uhl recently attended the NRA Show to seek operational solutions for the restaurants
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Friendly’s, Krispy Kreme, Auntie Anne’s, others also introduce new menu items
Top 10 food and beverage trends at the 2015 NRA Show
Single-serve items, adult juices and sodas, improved gluten-free products among notable offerings
2015 MenuMasters winners reflect on awards
Award-winning dishes, menus and chefs drive innovation in foodservice
Foodservice purchasing expert talks managing costs
Bruce Reinstein of Consolidated Concepts discusses the cost of going organic, and more
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Alternative dips, new forms of seafood, better gluten-free products and more
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Lineup includes three new items, unlimited sides, bottomless drinks
A look at Red Robin's new kids' menu
Meatball Lollipops, twirly pasta to make menu debut
Menu Tracker: New items from Tim Hortons, Marble Slab Creamery, CiCi's Pizza, more 1
Starbucks, Cinnabon, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, others also introduce new menu items
Survey: Oysters becoming more popular among younger consumers
The mollusk finds particular favor among young men, Datassential finds
Panera names Drew Madsen president
Bakery-café operator also appoints Ken Koziol as executive vice president
Pizza Hut names Claes Petersson VP of innovation
Sonic VP of research and development to depart for pizza chain
MenuMasters 2015 winners: A closer look
Get an inside look at the award-winning dishes, menus and chefs driving innovation in foodservice
MenuMasters 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee: John Besh
Celebrated New Orleans chef gives back with thoughtful sourcing, community outreach
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May 22, 2015

A toast to juice as mixers

Juice bar concepts see an opportunity with more-healthful mixers for home mixologists....More
May 21, 2015

Will an IPO lift a restaurant chain's sales?

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