Food Writer's Diary http://nrn.com/blog/64531/feed 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. en The latest quick service trend: fancy parties http://nrn.com/blog/latest-quick-service-trend-fancy-parties <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Here&rsquo;s a trend in quick service restaurants that I haven&#39;t written much about yet: Throwing parties in New York City to launch new menu items.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a fairly new phenomenon, and it&#39;s happening with increasing frequency.</p> <p>One of the first ones I remember going to was a breakfast at a local Burger King in 2010, when the chain launched several new breakfast items, including a ciabatta breakfast sandwich and pancakes.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/latest-quick-service-trend-fancy-parties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/latest-quick-service-trend-fancy-parties#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:53:00 +0000 112771 at http://nrn.com Aspen post-mortem http://nrn.com/blog/aspen-post-mortem <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13px;"><img alt="" src="/site-files/nrn.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Bret%20Thorn%20in%20Aspen_3.png" style="width: 400px; height: 533px; margin: 2px; float: left;" title="It's hard to find a bad view in Aspen" />Many regular attendees of the Food &amp; Wine Classic in Aspen love the event to an extent that borders on fanaticism.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t this amazing?&rdquo; they ask me as they stand in the crisp, sun-drenched air, generally drinking something with alcohol in it.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/aspen-post-mortem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/aspen-post-mortem#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:55:00 +0000 110441 at http://nrn.com Reflections on the Menus of Change conference http://nrn.com/blog/reflections-menus-change-conference <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&rsquo;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 save the world by convincing people to eat differently.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/reflections-menus-change-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/reflections-menus-change-conference#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:21:00 +0000 108381 at http://nrn.com You have some cricket on your teeth http://nrn.com/blog/you-have-some-cricket-your-teeth <div class="node-body blog-body">Americans have a visceral aversion to eating insects, but there are indications that that’s changing a little bit.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/you-have-some-cricket-your-teeth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/you-have-some-cricket-your-teeth#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Thu, 29 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 107561 at http://nrn.com Beard Awards moving to Chicago, and that seems fine with most people http://nrn.com/blog/beard-awards-moving-chicago-and-seems-fine-most-people <div class="node-body blog-body">But the move represents a more long-term shift in the balance of power in the restaurant world</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/beard-awards-moving-chicago-and-seems-fine-most-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/beard-awards-moving-chicago-and-seems-fine-most-people#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Thu, 22 May 2014 21:48:00 +0000 107201 at http://nrn.com My favorite product at the National Restaurant Show http://nrn.com/blog/my-favorite-product-national-restaurant-show <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/nrn.com/files/uploads/2014/05/uploads/2014/05/arkay.png" style="width: 619px; height: 355px; float: left;" />I enjoy drinking alcohol, but it&#39;s not for everyone or every occasion, obviously. Of course there are many options out there for non-drinkers, from sodas, juices, coffees and teas to the horribly named mocktails (who are you mocking, and why?).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/my-favorite-product-national-restaurant-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/my-favorite-product-national-restaurant-show#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Mon, 19 May 2014 19:40:00 +0000 106881 at http://nrn.com Soylent Beige http://nrn.com/blog/soylent-beige <div class="node-body blog-body">For every trend there’s a counter trend...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/soylent-beige" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/soylent-beige#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Wed, 14 May 2014 23:17:00 +0000 106571 at http://nrn.com Reflections on the Beard Awards http://nrn.com/blog/reflections-beard-awards <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>&ldquo;All the winners were wrong,&rdquo; a journalist who is probably himself one of the judges for the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, grumbled while drinking at a Beard Awards after party at Toro. He&rsquo;s a man who likes to stir up controversy, so I won&rsquo;t bother to name him, nor did his comment shock me much, because he likes to disapprove of things.</p> <p>But then a jocular journalist from Chicago agreed, and that kind of surprised me.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/reflections-beard-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/reflections-beard-awards#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Tue, 06 May 2014 20:03:00 +0000 105901 at http://nrn.com Taste of the Nation http://nrn.com/blog/taste-nation-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Share Our Strength shouldn&rsquo;t exist.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t get me wrong; it&#39;s a great organization, but its mission is to end childhood hunger in the United States, and that&rsquo;s something we should have done long ago.&nbsp;</p> <p>The problem has actually gotten worse since the economy was driven into a ditch in 2008, <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err155.aspx#.U2KnZqUtpfs">according to this report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture</a>.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/taste-nation-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/taste-nation-0#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Thu, 01 May 2014 19:41:00 +0000 105611 at http://nrn.com What the food at the Food & Wine Best New Chefs party means to you http://nrn.com/blog/what-food-food-wine-best-new-chefs-party-means-you <div class="node-body blog-body">A look at what was served at the party that kicks of the spring food scene in New York</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/food-writers-diary">Food Writer&#039;s Diary</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/what-food-food-wine-best-new-chefs-party-means-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/what-food-food-wine-best-new-chefs-party-means-you#comments Food Writer&#039;s Diary Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:01:00 +0000 103571 at http://nrn.com