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.

San Francisco chef serves up cutting-edge dining experience
David Barzelay says his establishment, Lazy Bear, sells out both seatings every night
Sophisticated breads rise on restaurant menus
Chefs respond to more discriminating consumers with pretzel rolls, lavash, brioche, more
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NRN gives foodservice execs a look at some of the most popular eateries across the nation
Menu Tracker: New items from Sweetgreen, Bonefish Grill, Sbarro, more
Burger King, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, others also introduce new menu items
James Beard Foundation names 2015 award nominees
New York City-based chefs, restaurants garner top nominations
Top 5 culinary themes of 2015
Gluten free, hyperlocal sourcing, natural ingredients will be trendy this year
A look at popular takeout dishes during March Madness
See the foods that rose in popularity on March Madness weekday game days.
March Madness can be a boon for restaurant takeout, GrubHub finds
Corporate food delivery orders rise during the annual NCAA basketball tournament, report says
Menu Tracker: New items from Schlotzsky's, White Castle, Fogo de Chão, more
Chick-fil-A, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Panera Bread, others also introduce new menu items
New Orleans chef puts seasonal seafood on the menu
Josh Boeckelman, executive chef of Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar, discusses educating customers, staff about new preparations
Chat cocktail trends on Facebook with NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn
Join the discussion and share your own observations with other foodservice professionals
Top 5 food preparation methods in 2015
Chefs count smoking, fermenting as trendy this year
Spicy food sizzles on restaurant menus
NPD, Technomic find that hot flavors are more popular among Americans
Menu Tracker: New items from El Pollo Loco, Culver's, PizzaRev
Sonic Drive-In, Qdoba Mexican Grill, others also introduce new menu items
GrubHub: Consumers want more than seafood during Lent
Some non-seafood items sell even better
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