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Top ten menu trends from the National Restaurant Association

According to the National Restaurant Association, here are the top ten menu trends for 2011:

  1. locally sourced meats and seafood
  2. locally grown produce
  3. sustainability as a culinary theme
  4. nutritious kids’ dishes
  5. hyper-local items
  6. children’s nutrition
  7. sustainable seafood
  8. gluten-free/food allergy-conscious items
  9. back-to-basics cuisine
  10. farm-branded ingredients.

Here are my top ten restaurant trends for 2011:

  1. menus in five languages
  2. tableside butchering of salmon loin
  3. free blenders with purchase of frozen drinks
  4. steak meal in a bowl – filet covered with bernaise, fried onions, creamed spinach and mashed potatoes all layered in a bowl  
  5. non-sustainable animal products (an endangered species specials list) 
  6. ultra-hyper local produce (you must bring your own windowsill-grown herbs)
  7. popcorn odor-producing scent systems
  8. pop-up DVD players at every table
  9. deep fried Caesar salad
  10. open display restrooms

“I’m sorry sir, shall I wait until the end of the movie to take your order”?


2 responses to “Top ten menu trends from the National Restaurant Association

  1. Nick Boodris December 5, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    This post was great. I liked #8 the top 10 restaurant trends for 2011.

  2. tipsfortips December 6, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I think that is the list of things they wish were going to be food trends. 4/6 and 3/7 seem to be kinda redundant. I think we all know the main food trends for the next year are going to be whatever they can make a profit on after groupon takes their cut.

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