Paul King

Paul King
Paul King
foodservicedirector@winsightmedia.com

A journalist for more than three decades, Paul began his career as a general assignment reporter, working for several daily and weekly newspapers in southwestern Pennsylvania. A decision to move to New York City in 1984 sent his career path in another direction when he was hired to be an associate editor at Food Management magazine. He has covered the foodservice industry ever since. After 11 years at Food Management, he joined Nation’s Restaurant News in 1995. In June 2006 he was hired as senior editor at FoodService Director and became its editor-in-chief in March 2007. A native of Pittsburgh, he is a graduate of Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and speech.


When 39 school foodservice directors and their affiliates gathered in December in Minneapolis, Minn., for a three-day culinary “boot camp,” they did more than taste food and share ideas.

From drinking more red wine to crisis management, non-commercial operators learned important lessons at MenuDirections 2015.

MenuDirections 2015 kicked off Sunday in Memphis at The Peabody Hotel with a motivational opening presentation, two culinary workshops and the conference’s annual Dine-Around. Here are five takeaways from the event’s first day.

Every year, some institution finds itself in hot water over a Black History Month culinary event.

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The shuttering of the Showboat, Revel Casino Hotel, Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City and The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel left the area reeling.

The District Market on the University of Washington campus is a far cry from your typical on-campus convenience store.

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