General Session Speaker

Pat Cobe

Senior Editor
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Restaurant Business Magazine and FoodService Director Magazine

Pat plans and executes several sections of Restaurant Business magazine, including food and beverage trends, profiles of chefs and restaurateurs, and marketing, design and lifestyle features. She also contributes to the magazine’s website and is editor of the e-newsletter, Recipedia. Pat came to RB from Hearst Magazines, where she was Executive Editor in the custom publishing division. She is the co-author of two cookbooks.


MenuDirections News

The ingredients and flavors trending at independent restaurants often inspire menu ideas at more mainstream operations. To track what’s happening now in food and beverage, Technomic examined more than 50 menus from indies across the U.S., ranging from food trucks to fine-dining destinations.

Despite a historic drop in unemployment, foodservice operators enjoyed a slight slowdown in employee turnover midsummer, with the data signaling the dawn of a trend rather than a pause from years of acceleration, according to new research.

In a departure from its fast-casual roots, Toronto-based Freshii introduced its own school lunch program for the 2018 school year.