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
Chef report: Suzanne Goin launches Larder Baking Company
Restaurateurs Fabio Trabocchi, Thomas Keller and Scott Conant also make moves
James Beard Foundation releases 2014 awards semifinalists
Winners will be announced at a gala celebration on May 5
Marble Slab, Maggie Moo’s change pricing to boost sales
Sister ice cream concepts address declining customer satisfaction, sales
Chef report: Andrew Carmellini gives 10 commandments
NRN explores this and other moves from top chefs from around the country
Bret Thorn, Nancy Kruse address online industry petitioners 2
The menu experts look at the consistent criticism faced by McDonald's
Menu Tracker: New items from Subway, Jack in the Box
McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Sonic Drive-In, IHOP, Dairy Queen, Boston Market, Cousins Subs, Del Taco, Wienerschnitzel also introduce new menu items
Restaurants fry vegetables, seafood to please diners' palates
Oysters, pickles, Brussels sprouts hit the fryer
Chick-fil-A to offer antibiotic-free chicken
Chain will phase out chicken raised with antibiotics within next five years
Charcuterie, egg most buzzed-about menu items
NewBrandAnalytics analyzes online restaurant reviews to determine popular offerings
Milliken, Feniger named 2014 MenuMasters Hall of Fame inductees
Border Grill co-owners will be honored by NRN at a gala ceremony in May
Operators grapple with rising rents, staff shortages
Senior food editor Bret Thorn handpicks the week's top independent restaurant news
Centerplate taps local, data, tech trends
CEO Des Hague discusses the onsite foodservice provider’s latest efforts
Technomic: Soup, salad drive restaurant traffic
The restaurant research firm found that many consumers go to restaurants specifically because they enjoy the soups or salads there.
Cocoa Krispies panna cotta from Three Degrees in Portland, Ore.
Dessert meets breakfast on restaurant menus
Pastry chefs get playful with latest breakfast-for-dessert offerings
First Watch
Shane Schaibly to lead menu at First Watch
Corporate chef at Front Burner Brands talks transition to breakfast, brunch, lunch chain
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