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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
Feb 07, 2013

Tavistock top chef competition helps teach what cooking is all about

Bret Thorn reports from The Bahamas on the Tavistock Restaurant Group's Top Chef semifinals....More
Jul 20, 2012

When you make a comment, everyone's listening

Chick-fil-A president's gaffe causes stir....More
Jun 22, 2012

Reflections on Aspen

Bret Thorn comes around on Aspen....More
Jun 15, 2012

Party crashing in Aspen

This is part of NRN's special coverage of the 2012 Food & Wine Classic....More
May 23, 2012

Americans look to beverages' healthful attributes

We seem to be O.K. with drinking our medicine....More
May 09, 2012

Beard 2012

Well, I did slightly better in predicting the winners of the Beard Awards....More
Mar 20, 2012

Picks for 2012 James Beard Award winners

Bret Thorn's 2012 James Beard Awards picks....More
Jan 17, 2012

I knew I'd come across Dr. Romera before...

Romera New York, too pretentious for its own good....More
Dec 29, 2011

Self-promotion that would make Stephen Colbert blush

Bret Thorn gets quoted by other media outlets....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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