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.

A look at summer’s latest BLT sandwiches
Restaurants tap into retro foods, seasonal produce and the popularity of bacon
Rock & Brews blends classic rock with cuisine
Casual-dining concept aims to avoid tourist-restaurant model
Menu Tracker: New items from Corner Bakery Cafe, Del Taco, Peet's Coffee & Tea, more
Cousins Subs, Pie Five Pizza Co., Starbucks, others also introduce new menu items
Kneaders names David Vincent president
Current CFO to take on additional role
Carl's Jr., Hardee's parent names new COO
Eric Williams promoted from executive VP of operations for Carl’s Jr.
'Knife Fight' cooking competition takes on top food trends
Chefs cook with local ingredients, root vegetables, more on TV program
Corner Bakery Cafe executive breaks down menu strategy
Ric Scicchitano balances culinary development and purchasing
Restaurateur Billy Dec shares social media lessons
Chicago operator spots trends on TV special
Menu Tracker: New items from Arby's, El Pollo Loco, PizzaRev, more
Baskin-Robbins, Blimpie, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, others also introduce new menu items
NPD: More consumers choosing to dine in
Dine-in restaurant visits rise 5 percent, consumer research firm says
A look inside LoLo's Seafood Shack
New York City restaurant inspired by casual seaside restaurants
LoLo’s applies fast-casual format to Caribbean cuisine
New York City restaurant inspired by casual seaside restaurants
Bubbakoo’s founders share path to success, growth
Paul Altero and Bill Hart say the fast-casual burrito chain is ready to franchise
Menu Tracker: New items from Church's Chicken, Bruegger's Bagels, Pinkberry, more
Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr., others also introduce new menu items
NPD: Jerky gains popularity as a snack
Chefs find new ways to serve cured protein

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