Yesterday the National Restaurant Association released their “What’s Hot in 2013” culinary forecast for trends in the restaurant industry.
- Locally grown produce and locally sourced meat and seafood will be ongoing hot items on menus. In addition to this, hyper-local sourcing (restaurants with their own gardens) was also high on the list.
- Food and liquor pairings as well as culinary cocktails (alcoholic beverages containing whole servings of fruits and vegetables) are 2009 trends that continue to be popular favorites.
- House made/artisan ice cream
- The ever popular food trucks.
We can see these trends emerging strong in several ways at Fairplex. McKinley’s Grille as well as our catering services use hyper-local sourcing thanks to our urban farm. Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream is a staple of the L.A. County Fair and creates new, unique flavors every year. As for food trucks… we have Food Truck Thursdays for a reason!
We are excited to begin a new year, especially with all these great trends on the horizon. But first… the December holidays 🙂