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, Mr. Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

Articles by Bret Thorn
The Miso Grilled Salmon
Houlihan’s revamps specials menu to fit seasons
Newest seasonal menu focuses on lower-calorie items
SXSW brings latest pastries from Cronut creator
Computer-generated recipe development also on display at festival
Menu economics: Pricing the plate  4
Strategies to control food costs, reduce waste and increase purchasing power
How 6 restaurant chains changed their pricing
Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Starbucks and others have recently taken menu price increases
Carrabba's rolls out redesigned menu
Menu features 15 new items and a format intended for easier navigation
IFMA announces 2014 Silver Plate winners
Annual awards recognize excellence in eight foodservice segments
Seafood sales boost restaurant business during Lent
Popeyes, Carl’s Jr., Panda Express see success with seasonal fish offerings
QSRs roll out seafood menu items for Lent
Arby’s, Wendy’s, Wienerschnitzel and more introduce limited-time offers for the Lenten season
QSRs boost breakfast offerings
Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, others add new menu items
Boston Market reduces sodium in core items
Chain introduces new version of mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread, gravy, meat loaf
Chipotle's Sofritas protein is made of seasoned organic tofu
Chipotle to roll out tofu-based filling nationwide
Sofritas protein option is chain’s first new menu introduction since 2005
Menu Tracker: New items from Subway, Wendy’s, more 2
Taco Bell, Olive Garden, Quiznos, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Sonic Drive-In, Panda Express, Krispy Kreme, Ben & Jerry’s, Wienerschnitzel also introduce new menu items
Popeyes 4Q profit drops 18.6%
Net income for fiscal 2013 rose 12.2 percent
Olive Garden's Pappardelle Pescatore
Olive Garden reveals ‘comprehensive menu evolution’
New menu includes more than 20 new items, customized dishes
Bareburger
Breakout Brands 2014: Bareburger 
Bareburger's 17 units, each sell an average of $2.45 million worth of hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, fries, milk shakes and assorted snacks annually
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