Patricia Cobe

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Patricia Cobe

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Food

KFC goes portable and poppable to grab the snacking generation

Behind the Menu: Bite-size Apple Pie Poppers, created to target customers' sweet spot, lend themselves to line extensions to expand the chain’s snack selections.

Food

Cardamom, caviar and other trends from the National Restaurant Show

Menu Talk: Plus, breaking bread myths with Modernist Cuisine author Nathan Myhrvold.

Among the 10 chains growing locations at a fast clip are chicken, salad and beverage concepts, according to the Technomic Top 500 ranking.

The annual event is the place to showcase new ingredients, flavors and formats, and this year’s array didn’t disappoint.

Taste Tracker: Portillo’s and Malnati’s go deep; Starbird and Mendocino Farms showcase street corn; Cava taps guests for R&D while Dolly Parton collabs with Krispy Kreme; and it’s all about burgers on May 28.

Menu Talk: Pat and Bret deconstruct the ceremony and gala and share their take on the National Restaurant Show.

The annual event recognized menu innovation at five restaurant chains, plus Chef Nancy Silverton’s induction into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame.

Technomic’s latest Global Menu Trend Study pinpoints evolving dishes and drinks that can influence restaurant menus in the States.

Behind the Menu: How the casual-dining chain smashes expectations with a winning combination of familiarity and price with its new Big Smasher burger.

The brand’s newest location in New York City’s Soho neighborhood showcases a rotating menu, beverages in test and an enhanced customer experience.

Menu Talk: Pat and Bret chat about Coqodaq’s fried chicken-and-champagne deal, Chef Rocco DiSpirito’s fan girls and how Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes sets itself apart in a crowded segment.

With its new Cheeseburger Melt, the pizza chain aims to take on the fast-food burger giants.

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