Throughout the years we have seen more and more restaurants become creative with their dishes as well as incorporate healthier options with local ingredients. From Strawberry and Champagne donuts to craft beers, these restaurants have mastered the technique of combining various ingredients into a delicious concoction. Take a look at some of the newest food and beverage trends that you should look forward to this summer at your local restaurant or while you’re on vacation!
Creative food infusions.
To begin this list of trends we have the unique technique of creative food infusions! Restaurants such as Glazed in South Carolina offer the unique and trendy experience of eating a donut with a non-traditional filling made from local ingredients. They use as many local ingredients as possible and grow many of their own herbs and berries in the garden that is located right behind the shop. The menu includes donuts like Sweet Corn and Blueberry, filled with sweet corn custard, as well as other unique flavors like green tea, sesame, and bourbon cream fillings.
As summer approaches, the trend for healthy eating continues to dominate which means that more people are embracing healthier alternative ingredients. Some options that can be used as alternative sweeteners include agave, honey, cinnamon, maple syrup, and even applesauce. Stevia is one of the leading options for alternative sweeteners as it’s becoming increasingly common for food innovators to use instead. In the food and beverage industry, reducing the sugar content and replacing it with other alternatives has become one of the top priorities for manufacturers all over the world.
International Condiments and Street Foods
Next, we have the trend of international condiments and street food being incorporated into the restaurant menus of other cuisines. Some Korean hot sauces that are supposed to become popular this summer are Korean Gochujang, meju powder, glutinous rice, and yeotgireum which is barley malt powder. The incorporation of international condiments sometimes enhances the flavorings of other cultural cuisines that usually don’t incorporate those condiments. Additionally, many street food dishes have begun to make an appearance in many restaurant menus like Salvadorean pupusas, street tacos, or Khao man gai—a rice and chicken dish with pungeon sauce, fresh cilantro, and cucumbers, as a way to offer more options that you usually can’t typically find here in our streets.
Craft Soft Drinks
Moreover, restaurants crafting their own soft drinks is another trend that you should expect to see this summer. Along with the trend for alternative sweeteners and unique infusions, craft sodas unite in the middle to create a fresh concoction for their guests to enjoy. There are many unique concept restaurants that already specialize in marketing untraditional sodas as they shift away from artificial flavoring and coloring. With the healthy eating movement, the concept of craft soft drinks has been welcomed by many as a specialty and artisanal soda which can be served to those looking for an alternative to the traditional sodas.
Lastly, the offering of plant-based foods in restaurants is expected to become the most followed food trend in 2018 as more people are changing their lifestyles to eat majority to completely plant-based foods as a way to help the environment and nourish their bodies. According to the NPD Group, over the past decade consumers under the age of 40 have increased their vegetable intake by 52% along with a 25% increase of vegetarians and a 257% increase in vegan claims in new grocery store products. Beyond Meat is a brand that already specializes in selling products such as sausage, burger patties, grilled strips, and crumbled plant-based meats. In 2018, expect to see a more prominent option in meatless dishes on the menus as well as other vegan options like vegan cheese and vegan desserts.
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