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Biography

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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Marketing

The James Beard Awards return from the pandemic with an equity makeover

The awards, widely considered the “Oscars of the food world,” took a two-year pause to try to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive to give more chefs access to the potentially career-changing prize.

Financing

The Big Salad gets a new owner

The seven-unit salad concept, founded by John Bornoty in 2008, was sold to Jamba franchisee Brent Sheena.

Marketing Bites: Ladd Biro, founder of restaurant-centric public relations firm Champion Management, talks about the importance of mindful marketing when devastation strikes.

Chris Cheek, a restaurant franchising veteran, will steer growth and development for the operator of 48 better-for-you fast-casual restaurants across the two brands.

The chicken finger chain, which has been shaking up its C-suite, named Mike Mettler chief development officer and Mike Nettles was promoted to chief digital-technology officer.

The Southern California salad chain has long been featured in the reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” as a family favorite.

The Show floor is a veritable buffet of non-dairy ice creams, burger-less burgers and even runny eggs that have never met a chicken.

Jose Cil, CEO of the parent company of Burger King, Popeye, Tim Hortons and Firehouse Subs, said during a talk at the National Restaurant Association Show that raising prices is more than a simple math problem.

Independent restaurant operators say they are not giving up their political fervor following Thursday’s death of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, even though they may have to give up their restaurants.

Founders Table Restaurant Group, which also owns Dos Toros, will help the five-unit chicken-and-waffles concept grow in New York City, Los Angeles and beyond.

The fast-growing, 30-unit plate lunch concept said Templeton will focus on fundraising to help the brand grow.

Marketing Bites: An apparent lack of communication and preparation turned the delivery app’s promo into a pro-don’t, Pizza Hut gets into the metaverse and more marketing news of the week.

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