Pat Cobe

Senior Editor

Restaurant Business Magazine and FoodService Director Magazine

Pat plans and executes the menu sections of Restaurant Business and FoodService Director magazines, including food and beverage trends and profiles of chefs and operators. She also regularly contributes stories to both brands’ digital platforms and is editor of the e-newsletter, Recipe Report. Pat is the co-author of two cookbooks and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International and the James Beard Journalism Awards judging panel.  



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.