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Jan 23, 2015

2015 off to an opulent start

That picture you see on the left — it's an image of a piece of sheet metal that was in a gift box in a gift bag that was messengered to my....More
Jan 16, 2015

A cuisine that's fetching surprisingly high prices in New York

Really expensive food is branching out beyond traditionally expensive cuisines....More
Jan 02, 2015

The unspoken trend of 2015

Trust me. You’re not going to see a marked increase in insect consumption in the United States in 2015, no matter how many would-be trend....More
Dec 04, 2014

Polite talk about GMOs

Intelligence2 continues its tradition of polite conversation, this time about GMOs....More
Oct 21, 2014

Bashed by magnums

A high-powered wine dinner is a reminder of the obstacles that are slowing the beverage's acceptance by the masses....More
Oct 13, 2014

Crawling for pork in Puerto Rico

I don’t agree with work-life balance. I mean, I think it can be done, and it might even be desirable for some people, but I doubt you can be at....More
Oct 01, 2014

Could the next Sriracha sauce be Tabasco?

McIlhenny Company hung its had on a single condiment for more than 125 years, but now it’s considering jumping on the Sriracha bandwagon....More
Sep 16, 2014

The Starbucksification of Dunkin’ Donuts

Brand introducs new products, and espoused philosophies, that seem to align it more with a western American audience....More
Jul 28, 2014

The latest quick service trend: fancy parties

Here’s a trend in quick service restaurants that I haven't written much about yet: Throwing parties in New York City to launch new menu....More
Jul 08, 2014

Aspen post-mortem

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Jun 12, 2014

Reflections on the Menus of Change conference

I’ve spent the past five days in the Boston area, getting my fill of omega-3 fatty acids and lean marine protein, and listening to how we can....More
May 29, 2014

You have some cricket on your teeth

Americans have a visceral aversion to eating insects, but there are indications that that’s changing a little bit....More
May 22, 2014

Beard Awards moving to Chicago, and that seems fine with most people

But the move represents a more long-term shift in the balance of power in the restaurant world....More
May 19, 2014

My favorite product at the National Restaurant Show

I enjoy drinking alcohol, but it's not for everyone or every occasion, obviously. Of course there are many options out there for non-drinkers,....More
May 14, 2014

Soylent Beige

For every trend there’s a counter trend....More
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Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice for Nation's Restaurant News. He joined NRN in 1999, after spending about five years as a journalist in Thailand, where...
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Food Writer's Diary is a blog written by Bret Thorn, senior food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, which covers culinary trends and his adventures.

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