You are here: Home General Food Trends: What Will Your 2014 Restaurant Menus Bring? Food Trends: What Will Your 2014 Restaurant Menus Bring? by Mary Gerush December 18, 2013, 5:00 am 7 Comments The National Restaurant Association just released its annual What’s Hot Culinary Forecast. The future looks bright, and it makes me hungry. The results of the food trend survey (compiled from the responses of nearly 1,300 professional chefs) had a lot in common with last year’s outcomes. Read on for my favorite bits… First, The Top 10 Restaurant Food Trends For 2014 For those of us hoping to “Eat Drink Better” at a restaurant, the top trends look mighty fine. Local meat, seafood, and produce again made the top 10 cut as did hyper-local sourcing and environmental sustainability. Providing healthy foods for our little ones continues to bear importance for our food purveyors. Here’s the top 10. What do you think? Locally sourced meats and seafood Locally grown produce Environmental sustainability Healthful kids’ meals Gluten-free cuisine Hyper-local sourcing (e.g. restaurant gardens) Children’s nutrition Non-wheat noodles/pasta (e.g. quinoa, rice, buckwheat) Sustainable seafood Farm/estate branded items Interesting Outcomes In The Top 11 to 20 Number 11 goes to the restaurant trend of nose-to-tail or root-to-stalk cooking to reduce waste by using the entire animal or plant. The landfills and environment say: “¡Gracias!” Restaurants will also be cooking and serving more ancient grains, like kamut, spelt, and amaranth. Whole grains are good for you — why not try some older varieties? Small plates instead of eating larger meals (which the survey terms “grazing”) is also in the top 20. As is the trend of restaurants serving smaller or half-portions at reduced prices. More great ways to minimize food waste and save a few bucks! Finally, Some Intriguing Category Outcomes In the dessert category, we’ll be seeing them served savory versus sweet in 2014. I’m trying to process that unsuccessfully. Any idea what this might look like? Ditto edible cocktails (which is number 4 in the cocktail trend category). Unusual herbs, like lovage, chervil, and lemon balm, hit the top 5 in the produce category. So obviously this is my year to start the herb farm! Pickling, fermenting, and smoking are the top three trending preparation methods. Good trends? Bad trends? In-between trends? What do you think of the restaurant industry’s crystal ball? Image Credit: Food Trends via Shutterstock See more Previous article Nervous about Shopping for Solar? New Online Marketplace Walks You Through the Process Next article GMO Crops Face Limits in Hawaii 3 Comments Leave a Reply I am so happy to see healthier choices for kids on this list TWICE! Our kids need all of the help that they can get. Reply These would be great trends. It is often difficult to find healthy choices in restaurants. How accurately did they predict 2013? Reply That is such a great question, and I don’t think they track that aspect. I would guess since many of next year’s “real food” trends were in play this past year means they must have been relatively successful…? Complete guess! I do know that bacon-everything has been overdone. But I do love my bacon. 😉 Reply 4 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:Food Trends for 2014? | FOOD, FACTS and FADS Pingback:Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle! Pingback:Ecopreneurist | A blog for and about eco and social entrepreneurs, startups, cleantech, web 2.0 and disruptive business ideas. Pingback:Eat Drink Better | Healthy recipes, good food: sustainable eats for a healthy lifestyle! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.