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.


Moghul Fine Indian Cuisine and Tapas Bar, opened on campus this semester, joining 10 other retail concepts in the Marketplace, the redesigned dining facility that opened last January.
spinach lasagna
Three Takes On offers several different versions of the same classic dish. This month spinach, vegan and an interesting Latin take on lasagna.
Dawn Aubrey has made a difference at the University of Illinois by guiding staff to create specialty restaurants and pushing departments to become leaders in sustainability.
In a style similar to FSD’s popular “Steal This Idea” section, the directors shared a number of ideas for generating revenue, cutting costs, training employees and improving morale.
sugar beverages dartmouth
In January 2012, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), in Lebanon, N.H., discontinued the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) in the dining room and café, vending machines, on-site retailers...
morrison outtakes food
With more than 700 accounts that have retail areas, Morrison Healthcare needed to find a way to keep those units current with food trends and customer expectations.
food truck auburn
Meeting the dining demands of a growing and underserved Hindu and Muslim student population.
local hatfield meats
Developing a comprehensive culinary and educational event around one local foundation of the food supply—the honeybee.
packed lunch kids
A study conducted by scientists from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg suggests that lunches brought from home may be less nutritionally sound than lunches provided in schools through the...
watermellon pizza
Provo City School District, in Utah, has implemented a yearly theme program with days devoted to nutrition and physical activity, which builds excitement among students and staff and gets kids...

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