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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Heather Lalley

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Emerging Brands

How a fine-dining chef is bringing adventurous tacos to the suburbs

Victor Albisu’s Taco Bamba is drawing long lines by serving unexpected ingredients.

Operations

Chipotle vows financial support for farmers

The move is designed to beef up the fast-casual chain’s “food with integrity” supply chain.

With a new CEO and other leaders, the parent company of Pizza Inn and struggling Pie Five charts a course for the future.

Morton, 38, came from a long line of restaurateurs.

The latest Time Out Market is a 50,000-square-foot showcase of the city’s top chefs.

Christina Clarke becomes the fast-casual chain’s third marketing head in the past 18 months.

The trial, available only to select BMW owners, lets drivers order by pushing a button, before being given driving directions to pick up their food.

The lawsuit alleges that the burger giant did not protect its Chicago-area workers from abusive customers and that the chain’s updated design does little to protect employees.

From voice ordering to an online game-enabled extension, here are the latest ways restaurants are making it easier for consumers to buy food.

With new leadership, gluten-free concepts The Little Beet and The Little Beet Table are working to merge operations to scale the brands.

The incident comes days after a Buffalo Wild Wings manager was killed after inhaling a noxious combination of floor cleaning agents.

Last year’s hiring of industry vet Dave McDougall was part of the fast-casual pizza chain’s “continuity planning,” its former CEO said.

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