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Sep 25, 2015

If in doubt, put a burger on your menu

No matter how popular you think hamburgers are, they’re even more popular than that, but that doesn’t mean they belong everywhere....More
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Aug 06, 2015

Beyond Millennials: What to expect from the next generation3

Blog: Generation Z, iGen or whatever you want to call them are the children of Generation X, and they’re practically cyborgs....More
Jun 30, 2015

Healthwashing: 'Clean' labels don’t mean the food’s any better for you

Blog: Consumers embrace food that they think is wholesome, but wholesome doesn't mean healthful....More
Jun 22, 2015

Menus of Change gives kudos to restaurants

Blog: At an annual conference on food, health and sustainability, restaurants earn top scores for their initiative....More
May 20, 2015

GMOs and other distractions4

GMO-free items are one of many distractions that keep us from looking at the real problems with what we eat....More
May 14, 2015

The challenge for Irish beef

Irish beef is wholesome and tasty, but it doesn’t fit neatly into the American psyche....More
Apr 23, 2015

Growth-promoting ‘medically important’ antibiotics to be phased out of livestock production1

Bringing light to aspects of chicken production you probably didn’t know about....More
Apr 16, 2015

All quiet as the Beard Awards stay in Chicago

The restaurant world seems fine with the Beard Awards gala’s prolonged sojourn in Chicago....More
Apr 13, 2015

Crawling for sandwiches

Checking out New York City sandwiches with the team from Which Wich....More
Mar 05, 2015

25 trends in two days in Oakland

A food crawl in Oakland indicates what's cooking in the wild East Bay....More
Feb 13, 2015

Food technology rehash

You remember molecular gastronomy, right? The use of various gums, gelatins, modified starches and enzymes to make food appear in ways it wouldn....More
Jan 29, 2015

Team USA takes the silver in Bocuse d'Or

The Bocuse d'Or is an extremely important culinary competition among those who think it's extremely important....More
Jan 27, 2015

Cooking (or not) with 3D printers and Watson

Chefs continue to integrate the latest technology into their repertoire....More
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

Bret Thorn

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...
What's Food Writer's Diary?

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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