Last year I wrote a post about a “Hot Trends” survey by the National Restaurant Association. Members of the American Culinary Federation ranked over two hundred culinary items as a “hot trend,” “yesterday’s news” or “perennial favorite.”
This year more than 1,800 chefs responded to the survey with their predictions for 2010. I think the predictions can be summed up in a word: LOCAL.
Locally Grown Produce remained firm at #1 with Sustainable Seafood rounding out the top 10. However, it was interesting to see that Organic Produce dropped from #3 to #12 … but do not despair. Locally sourced meats and seafood came in at #2, Sustainability in general was ranked #3, and Locally-produced wine and beer came in at #5.
As always, I hope that a few of these “trends” are here to stay.