Top 5 Foods 2017. Recently, Global food, restaurant and hotel consultancy Baum + Whiteman released the 13 Hottest Food & Beverage Trends In Restaurant & Hotel Dining For 2017. It takes a comprehensive look into the dining industry: From the issue of falling food prices hurting restaurants to the rise of delivery-only food startups.
So I went through the list and asked the firm’s President—Renowned food consultant Michael Whiteman about some of the most important trends you should look out for next year. Here are his picks.
#1: VEGETARIAN COMFORT FOOD
Vegetables will continue its rise on the dinner plate, as animal proteins and heavy side dishes make way for more vegetarian options. According to Pinterest, there’s a rise in the word “veggies” in its comfort food searches by 336% last year, while words such as “lasagna,” “macaroni” and “Stroganoff” were off by 69%, 55% and 50%, respectively. What this means is that many more people are likely to order mashed cauliflower instead of rice and pasta, and (if possible) request for vegetable crust for healthier pizza.
RESTAURANTS TO LOOK OUT: Le Botaniste in New York City, Nix in New York City and Vedge in Philadelphia
#2: ARTISAN BUTCHER SHOPS-PLUS-RESTAURANTS
Given the rise of vegetarian options out there, expect push back from the other end. This comes in the form of artisanal butcher shops-cum-restaurants, which fortify people’s love for meat. Delivering a more upscale flair to the craft of butchery, this “butcher-to-table” trend lets customers be in awe with the preparation of everything from grilled steak to charcuterie. Plus, you’ll get to eat them right away.
RESTAURANTS TO LOOK OUT: Le Disrict Food Hall’s butcher shop in New York City, Parts & Labor in Baltimore, Kensington Quarters in Philadelphia, The Cannibal in Los Angeles, and Salt & Time in Austin
#3: BREAKFAST, UPDATED
For many of us, all-day breakfast is hardly a new concept. But with many fast food chain offerings such as the “Brunchfast” at Jack-in-the-box and spiced up breakfast sandwiches at Starbucks, what’s particularly unique about this trend in 2017 is how the texture of breakfast will change.