Menu Trends for 2012

13 Dec

A photo of chickensGood news for those of us who hope for real local food when we eat out…

Last week, The National Restaurant Association surveyed 1800 chefs to determine the top trends in the restaurant industry for the upcoming year. A major trend identified for 2012 is local and sustainable food: yeah for real local food! 

Here are the ten upcoming trends, along with some photos taken during our culinary travel adventures.

Photo of apples1. Locally sourced meats and seafood

2. Locally grown produce

3. Healthful kids’ meals

4. Hyper-local items (food grown very locally: the restaurant’s own garden/farm or a community garden)

5. Sustainability as a culinary theme

6. Children’s nutrition as a culinary theme

7. Gluten-free/food allergy-conscious itemsPhoto of hyper local salad

8. Locally produced wine and beer

9. Sustainable seafood

10. Whole grain items in kids’ mealsPhoto of local distillery

Which trend are you most looking forward to? 

(Francine is looking forward to grass fed, locally raised meat and Deanne is looking forward to fresh, in season berries.)

Have you noticed any of these trends in your area or in your adventures?A photo of Vermont's Fresh Network

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2 Responses to “Menu Trends for 2012”

  1. Norma Chang December 15, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    The trends I am most looking forward to are No. 3, Healthful kids meal and No. 6 . Children’s nutrition as a culinary theme.
    I am pretty self-sufficient for most of the year with produce.

    • realocalcooking December 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

      Yes, we agree, hopefully awareness about children’s nutrition increases and truly healthy options become easily accessible for kids (and parents too!).

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