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.


voice of the people
A new study of how consumers choose where and what to eat packed some surprises for the researchers who compiled it.
justin johnson
“The goal of Sustainable Kitchens is to evaluate food and operations in both commercial and non-commercial operations and, based on those evaluations, develop systems, processes, recipes, menus,...
jessica marchand
Jessica Marchand, R.D., director of food and nutritrion services at WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, N.C., loves cheese, admires her grandfather and wishes she were more musically inclined.
ut knoxville
Restaurateurs who own eateries on busy Cumberland Avenue in Knoxville, Tenn., adjacent to the University of Tennessee campus, are upset over two new restaurants that opened this past fall on campus...

I bristle at the clichés reporters use, such as “mystery meat,” or when they make generalizations about food quality based on hearsay or on the writer’s own—often one-time—bad experience.

lee memorial health vegetarian cook-off
As part of Vegetarian Awareness Month, the culinary team at Lee Memorial Health System in Florida gave special focus to vegetarian foods.

Conventional industry wisdom has long maintained that trends start in fine dining and trickle down through the various foodservice strata.

pflugerville food truck
Aramark, foodservice partner for the Pflugerville Independent School District, has opened the first food trailer in town.

The 2014 midterm elections have come and gone, and in at least three states voters have weighed in with their thoughts on genetically modified foodstuffs.

There is a revolution going on at Microsoft Corp.’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., one that has nothing to do with software, operating systems, or high-tech toys.

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Our carbonated soft drink sales at Earls.67 reflect a national trend; we’re continually down on carbonated soft drink sales by 8% to 9% on an annual basis,” says Cameron Bogue, beverage director at the contemporary-casual chain Earls Kitchen + Bar.

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