2016 Restaurant Menu Trends

Local Sourcing & Environmental Sustainability

iStock 000000290326XSmallHere we go - - for 2016, take a look at this list of this years up and coming food trends. This survey taken by some 1600 Chefs polled by the NRA, here in USA. This is what they say:   Gearing marketing, signage, menu information, and community support will all be necessary to keep your dining clients up to date on what trends are making a difference there in your restaurant, and by providing them with things they will love in the coming year...

Confidence in your ability to deliver quality, tasty, affordable and fun dining meals and experiences has never meant more to dining patrons, both here in North Texas and across the nation. Why not let your patrons know what steps you are taking in the success of community building and bringing fantastic food to your tables at your restaurant for them to enjoy.

By the way, remember Texas Restaurant Equipment is here to assist with new additions of food prep smalls, new or used restaurant equipment, and kitchen additions in upgrades that will enable you to spoil your clients with everything they deserve in 2016.

Top 20 food trends for 2016:

  1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
  2. Chef-driven fast-casual concepts
  3. Locally grown produce
  4. Hyper-local sourcing
  5. Natural ingredients/minimally processed food
  6. Environmental sustainability
  7. Healthful kids' meals
  8. New cuts of meat
  9. Sustainable seafood
  10. House-made/artisan ice cream
  11. Ethnic condiments/spices
  12. Authentic ethnic cuisine
  13. Farm/estate branded items
  14. Artisan butchery
  15. Ancient grains
  16. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items
  17. Fresh/house-made sausage
  18. House-made/artisan pickles
  19. Food waste reduction/management
  20. Street food/food trucks

Time tested lifestyle based choices for food trends really does evolve over time. At least the true trends do. As a restaurant owner or Chef, you must continue to be creative in your approach to any new ideas for making your patrons happy and retuning to dine with you regularily. Remember Chefs and restauratuers are colliding with menu planning, culinary creativity, and matching new foods up with branding and community support like never before. The results are pretty astounding when you stop and think about it.  There is something about eating food you love, prepared well, at an affordable price, and that it's grown right down the street that hits home with practically everyone.  Most of us don't have time to have a garden, so knowing you can support someone who does is very much a way to drive trends in your city or town.

 No one has a better view into the window of the future of food trends than the culinary professionals who lead our industry both in food, equipment, trends, and in technology. Fresh delicious food made for people to enjoy is extending into beverages, appetizers, and spirits. It just doesn't get any better than this. 44% of the some 1600 Chefs surveyed this year for 2016 Food Trends believe that local sourcing and keeping it sustainable is extremely important to them. From new Thai and African trends in flavors, to gluten free cuisine and non traditional liquors, your clients this year may help you grow in so many ways.

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