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Biography

Patricia Cobe

Senior Editor

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Pat plans and executes the menu sections of Restaurant Business and FoodService Director, covering food and beverage trends, Menu R&D, profiles of chefs and restaurateurs and Technomic research. She also contributes to the digital content of both RB and FSD and is editor of two weekly e-newsletters, Recipe Report and On the Menu. Pat’s biweekly podcast, MenuFeed, covers a wide range of menu topics through interviews with chefs and operators.

Pat came to Winsight from Hearst, where she was an executive editor. She is the co-author of the Mompreneurs series of books as well as two cookbooks. She graduated from Cornell University and earned a Masters in Journalism from Boston University. She is active in several professional organizations, including Les Dames d’Escoffier and the International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC), and serves as a judge for the James Beard Media Awards.

Articles by
Patricia Cobe

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Technology

Texas restaurants turn to neuroscience for menu makeovers

Eye-tracking, heat maps and other scientific methods helped two operators optimize menu profitability.

Operations

A high-end restaurant transitions into a food truck

The pandemic forced Le Bistro Montage to close, but one of its chefs launched Montage ala Cart to carry on the culinary legacy.

The trend toward readymade drinks fits with today’s safety and labor concerns.

Without a relief package, a majority of hotels will be forced to lay off more workers and close their doors.

Taste Tracker: Plants fill plates, seafood and tacos share the spotlight and homestyle flavors make news.

The pandemic has accelerated customer-facing technology to make dining out safer. Is that compromising hospitality?

How the R&D team put Oktoberfest between the buns with a craveable burger.

Corporate test kitchens may have shut down for a while, but menu development didn’t stop. It just proceeded a little differently.

Matthew Osolin translates his culinary passion into crowd-pleasing dinners without overtaxing the kitchen.

Taste Tracker: Chick-fil-A wakes up its coffee lineup, El Pollo Loco launches diversity burritos and Habit Burger Grill goes Italian

The Crave Clutch is designed for family meals and smaller gatherings.

The latest to-go meals, kits and menu items tie into a favorite sports fan activity.

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