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.

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Chain offers cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas at two locations
Torchy's Tacos South Pole taco
Menu Tracker: New items from El Pollo Loco, Papa Murphy’s, Stacked, more
Ample Hills Creamery, Cantina Laredo, Fresh & Co, others also introduce new menu items
New York’s Eleven Madison Park to eliminate tipping 2
Fine-dining restaurant joins Union Square Hospitality Group in movement to drop gratuities
1000 Degrees plots growth in competitive fast-casual pizza segment
Founder and owner Brian Petruzzi says nine-unit chain plans to open 40 locations in first half of 2016
Giraffas Mahi Mahi Platter
Menu Tracker: New items from Hardee’s, On The Border, Smoothie King, more
Checkers, Mazzio's, Wendy's and others also introduce new menu items
Red Lobster serving bigger shrimp
Chain uses larger shrimp in its skewers and scampi dishes
Why is French cuisine missing from the U.S. restaurant landscape? 3
Nancy Kruse, Bret Thorn examine the dearth of French restaurants in the U.S.
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NRN breaks down beer trends by age and sex
Menu Tracker: New items from Del Taco, IHOP, Johnny Rockets, more
Boudin SF, Burger 21, Dog Haus, others also introduce new menu items
Survey: Popular Thanksgiving delivery orders include fries, egg sandwiches
GrubHub examines patterns over the holiday weekend
5 food trend predictions everyone can agree on 2
NRN’s senior food editor finds a consensus on 2016 food predictions
Chefs predict hot food trends for 2016
NRA survey shows African and Middle Eastern flavors are in
20 trends chefs expect in 2016: Ethnic breakfast items, new cuts of meat, more 2
NRA releases results of “What’s Hot 2016 Culinary Forecast”
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