Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Hot hot menu items

What are the hottest trends in restaurant menu items? The National Restaurant Association’s “2007 What’s Hot & What’s Not Chef Survey” highlights 194 food items, rated as “hot,” “cool/passé” or “perennial favorite” by 1,282 members of the American Culinary Federation in October 2007.

Hottest items? Bite sized desserts. Hottest trend in vegetables? Surprise, surprise- locally grown. This survey offers additional insight into the hottest cooking methods, ethnic cuisines and alcoholic beverages.

Obviously of interest to anyone in the restaurant biz, but perhaps also valuable to specialty food producers, ready for the next “hot” thing!

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