NRA Forecasts 2013 Culinary Trends


WASHINGTON — The Washington-based National Restaurant Association (NRA) has released its 2013 “What’s Hot” menu trend forecast.

Local food and attention to children’s nutrition remain top culinary trends for 2013.

“It is encouraging to see that children’s nutrition remains a top priority for chefs and that they continue to put their creativity in healthful kids meals to work on restaurant menus,” Joy Dubost, Ph.D, R.D., director of Nutrition & Healthy Living for the NRA is quoted as saying on the NRA website.

The top 10 food trends include locally sourced meats and seafood, locally grown produce, healthful kids’s meals, environmental sustainability, children’s nutrition, new cuts of meat, hyper-local sourcing, gluten-free cuisine, sustainable seafood and whole grain items in kids’s meals.

Locally produced cocktails, onsite barrel-aged drinks, beer-based cocktails and locally produced beer are among top alcohol beverage trends for 2013.

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