Why it’s a hot trend – The trend toward sustainability has been in the works for over 30 years. Coupled with a renewed focus on buying local and supporting agriculture and today’s consumers are more aware than ever of where their food comes from.
How to do it – This includes buying local (and therefore saving on fuel for transportation), buying from purveyors who practice sustainable farming practices, and choosing organic products. This includes beef, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables. Read on for more about the benefits of buying local.
Why it’s a hot trend – The childhood obesity epidemic has been a hot topic between public health advocates and the restaurant industry for years. As more and more families eat more meals away from home, restaurants have been under fire for kids menus laden with fat and low on fresh fruits and vegetables.
How to do it – Cleaning up your children’s menus to offer more nutritional options isn’t hard. And it isn’t expensive.Read more about how to create a healthy kids menu.
Gluten Free CuisineWhat it is – Food prepared without wheat products. Gluten free ingredients must be approved gluten free by the FDA.
Why it’s a hot trend – More and more people are seeking alternatives to traditional gluten flour products, either because they have allergies or for other nutritional choices.
Why it’s a hot trend – People are more aware of the link between health and their diets. But that doesn’t mean they want to eat every meal at home. Instead, they are looking for tasty but healthy options from their favorite restaurants.
How to do it – Offering smaller portions, alternative grains, more fresh fruits and vegetables are just a few ways to spruce up your regular menu with healthier options.
Why it’s a hot trend – It has several distinct advantages over a traditional eat-in restaurant. A food truck can go to where the customers are. It has pretty low overhead, compared to a restaurant, and requires far less staff. And food trucks can offer any kind of cuisine a brick and mortar restaurant can – everything from soups and salads to cupcakes and coffee.
Simplicity/Back to Basics
Why it’s a hot trend – Comfort food got it’s name because, well, it’s comforting. And in times of stress (like a recession) people like familiar and comforting things. Plus, most American comfort food – macaroni and cheese, chicken pie, meatloaf and gravy...offer very low food cost.
How to do it – Dig out Grandma’s cookbook and find some old family favorites to offer your restaurant patrons.
Nose to Tail Cooking
Why it’s a hot trend – This trend follows along with sustainability. It also makes the most of animal, keeping food cost low.