RC Show Highlights 2018 Food and Dining Trends

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TORONTO — RC Show 2018 has released a list of top trends it expects to see impacting foodservice outlets in 2018.

“RC Show 2018 is about unleashing innovation, so we’re excited to share our insights on the top restaurant and hospitality trends,” says Shanna Munro, president and CEO, Restaurants Canada.

The 10 trends identified by the tradeshow include:

Coffee with Kick — Canadian consumers are upping their coffee game and their breakfast order along with it. Expect to see add-ons such as turmeric syrup and protein powders take coffee to a whole new level as they provide amazing nutrients and an extra kick of energy.

Ghee — This exotic butter alternative offers a lactose-free option. Originally from India, ghee is clarified butter that is high in vitamins A, D and E, as well as omega-3s.

Vegan Desserts — 2018 is set to usher in a new era of vegan-friendly creative baking.

NeuroNutrition — This year will bring a greater focus on nutrition plans that align with our brains’ neurotransmitters. Take that one step further and you’ll see mood-based menus and mood-food pairings.

Blooming Flavours — Floral flavours, such as wild hibiscus and honeysuckle, will blossom on menus and be integrated into bar and beverage offerings.

Much Room for Mushrooms — Mushrooms are the new cauliflower. Chaga, reishi and tremella mushrooms are all known for their super nutrients and immune system benefits, while offering unique textures. Innovative products such as powerful mushroom extracts (the new oil of oregano) will dominate menus in the coming year.

Build your Own — Expect to see restaurants offering up customized menus as the “build-your-own” concept moves out of home renovation territory and into the restaurant. Look for more add-on options and less waste on unwanted ingredients.

The Revolving Door — The role of traditional restaurants and chefs will continue to evolve in 2018. Businesses will grow beyond their walls with establishments featuring changing menus and a revolving door of exciting, cutting-edge guest chefs that will keep customers waiting to see the next menu.

Mock it Up — 85 per cent of customers don’t order alcohol when they go out to dinner at full-service restaurants and operators have taken notice. Restaurants will be upping their bar and beverage menus in response — think fun mocktails and designer bevies.

Alternative Fats — From good-quality butter to non-GMO, cold-pressed canola and soy oils, fats are benefiting from the health halo associated with whole, non-processed fats.

RC Show 2018 will take place at the Enercare Centre in Toronto from Feb. 25 to 27.