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May 20, 2013

A piece of the action from the Las Vegas strip

Antonio Mata has isolated a tender muscle in the beef shoulder and has dubbed it the Las Vegas strip....More
May 16, 2013

Beard Awards post-mortem

Movie themes, lamb sausage, go-go dancers and police all were part of our hero’s Beard Award celebrations....More
May 03, 2013

Taste of the Nation

Taste and the Nation’s abundance contrasts with the fact that one in five American children are in food insecure households....More
Apr 25, 2013

In defense of egg yolks

Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas is featured at the New York City launch of McDonald's Egg White Delight McMuffin, and senior food....More
Apr 11, 2013

Aureole tries to go casual

Aureole’s new Big Mag Boeuf Sunday promises steak and Bordeaux in a casual setting....More
Apr 03, 2013

Food & Wine's Best New Chefs 2013 party

Senior Food Editor Bret Thorn chats with chefs and eats Dan Kluger's hot sauce butter, Wylie Dufresne’s popcorn soup and Grant Achatz's cinnamon....More
Mar 28, 2013

Tasting the new McWraps

Senior food editor Bret Thorn takes a first look at McDonald’s new premium offering....More
Mar 18, 2013

Who will win the Beard Awards?

Arguing that the James Beard Foundation Awards are largely a popularity contest, Bret Thorn guesses which chefs and restaurants are most likely to....More
Mar 13, 2013

Yes, "pig wings" are a thing

With ever-popular chicken wings in short supply, some restaurants are using "pork wings" instead....More
Mar 07, 2013

Brunch time in New York

New Yorker's have yet more options for one of their favorite weekend pastimes: brunch....More
Mar 01, 2013

How Red Robin got Laurent Tourondel to develop a burger

Casual dining chain turns works South Beach Burger Bash to its advantage....More
Feb 21, 2013

Alaska's most prolific fishery

Follow Bret Thorn on his trek to North America's largest seafood ports in terms of volume, in Alaska's Aleutian Islands....More
Feb 19, 2013

Observations on the James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalists

Senior Food Editor Bret Thorn peruses the 421 names on the James Beard Foundation semifinalists list....More
Feb 14, 2013

Last minute thoughts on Valentine's Day

People in the restaurant industry might approach Valentine's Day with cynicism, but their customers don't....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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