Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor, Nation’s Restaurant News

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 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.

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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
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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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