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Dec 02, 2016

Americans are actually eating insects in restaurants

Yes, insects, being eaten by American people with their own mouths, in restaurants, is a thing....More
Oct 18, 2016

Chefs turn carrot tops from waste into gold 

Blog: As awareness of food waste grows, chefs find uses for ingredients that used to be garbage....More
Oct 11, 2016

Chefs experiment with older meat 

Blog: Flavor, texture, sustainability and animal welfare are motivating some chefs to cook more mature animals....More
Aug 26, 2016

Proprietary oysters: Not that big a deal 

It’s nice to offer unusual ingredients, but don’t make that big a deal out of it....More
Aug 19, 2016

Operators see opportunity in sangria 

Blog: Sangria is enjoying a new spurt of popularity....More
Jul 26, 2016

Is the 'Impossible Burger' possible?

Blog: There’s a new meatless "meat" in town, but does it actually taste meaty?....More
Jul 14, 2016

How to bring the smoke to your s’mores

Uncle Jack's Steakhouse found a clever way to bring tiny campfires to midtown Manhattan dinner tables....More
Korean BBQ Meatballs
Jul 07, 2016

Gochujang is the next Sriracha

The Korean chile paste is starting to spread through chain restaurants....More
Hot dog toppings
Jun 30, 2016

How hot dog toppings can predict an economic downturn4

Blog: JJ’s Red Hots recently released its list of the most popular toppings on its hot dogs, and man, is it boring....More
Wendy's burger
Jun 03, 2016

Wendy's celebrates the unexpected with American Authors

Blog: In which the author is invited to a semi-impromptu jam session by American Authors....More
May 24, 2016

Top 10 weird flavors from Coca-Cola Freestyle

Blog: Top 10 weird flavors from Coca-Cola Freestyle....More
May 13, 2016

Keller veteran opens learning, networking space

Blog: Journee seeks to offer outside training for cooks and servers....More
May 02, 2016

A new type of mushroom burger

Blog: The James Beard Foundation and the Mushroom Council team up for the Blended Burger Project....More
Baskin-Robbins ice cream cookie sandwich
Apr 14, 2016

Baskin-Robbins snuck ice cream sandwiches into its stores

Blog: What else does the chain have in the works?....More
Feb 26, 2016

Arby’s starts weird Leap Day tradition

The quick service sandwich chain is at it again, picking on vegetarians....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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