Friday, February 27, 2015 8:22:00 AM

Overview

In its 2015 annual What's Hot culinary forecast, the National Restaurant Association has identified the following 5 trends to watch on menus in 2015. See how the top trends will impact your foodie flow this year.

Waste Not, Want Not

In 2015, food waste reduction and management is at the forefront of restaurant operations. Composting, recycling and donating are all tactics of food waste strategies tying into both sustainability and social responsibility.

Our House

Hyper-local is extending more fully into house-made, farm-branded and artisan items.

In a Pickle

Borrowing terminology from social media, pickles are the Throwback Thursday of food trends. Common preparation methods for millennia, pickling and fermenting are making a comeback big time – but with a modern twist.

Going More Global

Micro-trending in this category is fusion cuisines, as well as authentic and regional, underscoring the breadth and depth of flavors being explored.

Mini Gourmet

This is the era of gourmet kids’ dishes adapted from adult menu items with more adventurous flavor profiles than traditional children’s options.

Categories: Food

Tags: trends, food, restaurants