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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
May 06, 2014

Reflections on the Beard Awards

“All the winners were wrong,” a journalist who is probably himself one of the judges for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef....More
May 01, 2014

Taste of the Nation

Share Our Strength shouldn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong; it's a great organization, but its mission is to end childhood hunger in the....More
Apr 02, 2014

What the food at the Food & Wine Best New Chefs party means to you

A look at what was served at the party that kicks of the spring food scene in New York....More
Mar 27, 2014

You thought this was a Mexican restaurant? April Fool's!

Across the Street restaurant turns itself into a pop-up on April Fool's Day, and they say it’s not as hard as it looks....More
Feb 21, 2014

What’s wrong with “Farmed and Dangerous”

Farmed and Dangerous is another move by Chipotle that obscures issues rather than clarifying them....More
Feb 13, 2014

A life story in chocolate

Raised on a chocolate plantation, Ivorian chef François Kwak-Dongo now has his own chocolate company....More
Feb 10, 2014

Say hello to Bocuse d'Or Team USA

This year's competition to represent the U.S. in Lyon was decidedly low-key....More
Feb 04, 2014

What do you mean, “gay food”?

The author moderates a panel on the odd notion of “gay food.”....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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