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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.

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Operations

Why restaurants should be nervous about Amazon Fresh

The swiftly expanding grocery chain, which opened two new stores Wednesday, offers high convenience, low prices and a vast selection of ready-to-eat food.

Marketing

Salt & Straw churns out a new ice cream topping: Perfume

Marketing Bites: No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke; plus, White Castle pushes late night, Nando’s celebrates its South African heritage and more marketing news of the week.

The food-and-games chain said it has four locations that are “big and unwieldy” and might make more sense as units of its recently acquired eatertainment brand.

Tim Gayhart bought the 44-unit pizza concept for an undisclosed amount from The Deters Company. He’s been a franchisee since 1991.

Chains around the country are celebrating National French Fry Day with giveaways, contests and even a chance to spend a couple of nights in a potato hotel.

Fresh off its acquisition of food-and-games chain Main Event, the eatertainment chain has filled eight executive posts. All came from one of the two brands.

The Arizona restaurateur is finally ready to add locations of Detroit-style Fly Bye and full-service Doughbird after running them as single units for years.

Twenty-five independent restaurants from around the country were awarded a total of $1 million in grants from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Marketing Bites: Problems with a third-party site kept some customers from getting an in-demand Grimace pool float, a hot dog stand offers free milkshakes with proof of vasectomy, and more marketing news of the week.

Once a “significant investor” in the fast-casual seafood chain, the company purchased the brand from founder Andrew Gruel, who will turn his attention to several new concepts.

It’s the latest twist in the ongoing legal feud involving one of the country’s top-grossing independent restaurants.

Marketing Bites: Chains go back to the future on menu prices despite inflation, Dave & Buster’s celebrates the indoors and more marketing news of the week.

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