Optimism is running high for 2018 in the restaurant, bar, and food service industry. The National Restaurant Association surveyed nearly 700 professional chefs in the American Culinary Federation and determined which food, cuisine, beverages, and culinary themes will be this year’s “Hot Trends,” from Thai Rolled Ice Cream (#14) to gourmet items in kids’ meals (#18). To honor January 2018 as California Restaurant Month, here’s a sneak peek…
- New cuts of meat
- House-made condiments
- Street food-inspired dishes
- Ethnic-inspired breakfast items
- Sustainable seafood
- Healthful kids’ meals
- Vegetable carb substitutes
- Uncommon herbs
- Authentic ethnic cuisine
- Ethnic spices
- Peruvian cuisine
- House-made/artisan pickles
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California Restaurant Month is inviting visitors from all over the world to sample cuisine not found anywhere else. One spotlight is on the central coast’s Aubergine, recommended “after a day of exploring Carmel-by-the-Sea.” This intimate setting has just nine tables in the main dining room with a 2,500-bottle wine cellar. California-inspired and locally sourced dishes with the finest wines of France and Monterey County…Aubergine is an intriguing possibility!
By the way, you should also know that the Hot Trends list includes doughnuts with non-traditional fillings (#17) and ancient grains (#20)!