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Heather Lalley

Editor, Foodservice Group

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Heather Lalley is an editor with Winsight's Foodservice Group, covering emerging restaurant concepts for Restaurant Business magazine and RB Online. She also works with Winsight's sister company Technomic to produce research-based reports on emerging restaurants and chains.

Heather spent nearly a decade as a reporter for the daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She is the author of "The Chicago Homegrown Cookbook," about chefs who work with area farmers. She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the two-year baking and pastry program at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago.

She is the mother of two children and rarely passes up a chance to eat tater tots.

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Technology & Equipment

A fast casual’s ‘smart fridges’ to debut at colleges, airports and more

The touch screen-enabled refrigerators from Coolgreens will offer a slate of grab-and-go fare.

Operations

Inside Chicago's massive new food hall

The latest Time Out Market is a 50,000-square-foot showcase of the city’s top chefs.

Is this the future of retail? Chicago's 35,000-square-foot Starbucks Reserve Roastery, which opens this week, features five photo-worthy floors of food and drink experiences.

Plant-based foods are going from niche to mainstream, as shown by their major presence on the floor of the 2019 National Restaurant Association Show.

Consider these out-of-the-box ideas for hiring and retention, borrowed from restaurants.

These emerging eateries to watch are catering to growing demand for sophisticated, adventurous international cuisine.

The company, which sells salads out of vending machines at hospitals, colleges and other locations, plans to more than double its footprint.

Meatless burgers, noodle-less noodles and more are being added to the menu to meet changing consumer needs. 

Here’s a look at some of the innovators that opened this year.

Despite stronger sales growth, indies weren't immune to the problems plaguing the big guys.

Here's a look inside Minigrow, Honeygrow’s scaled-down concept. The first Minigrow opened at the end of October, and more are on the way. Here’s how Minigrow is casting a shrink ray on Honeygrow. 

As more noncommercial operations try the techy ordering method, here are some best practices from foodservice folks who’ve been there.

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