Foodservice Trends

May 14, 2019

This year, American Culinary Federation chefs identified the trends for the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot survey. The annual survey asks chefs to identify food and beverage trends for the coming year. Chefs ranked 140 items — from all-day breakfast to zero-waste cooking — as “hot,” “yesterday’s news” or “perennial favorite.” The resulting What’s Hot list gives a preview of the food, beverages and culinary themes that will be the talk of the  year.

Top 10 foodservice trends for 2019

1. Cannabis/CBD-infused drinks

2. Cannabis/CBD-infused food

3. Zero-waste cooking (elevated cuisine using food scraps)

4. Globally inspired breakfast dishes

5. Global flavors in kids’ meals

6. Hyper-local (e.g. restaurant gardens, onsite beer brewing, house-made items)

7. New cuts of meat (e.g. shoulder tender, oyster steak, Vegas Strip Steak, Merlot cut)

8. Veggiecentric/vegetableforward cuisine (e.g. fresh produce is star of the dish)

9. Chef-driven fast-casual concepts

10. Craft/artisan/locally produced spirits


Some other interesting trend categories in foodservice include:



1. Thai-rolled ice cream

2. Doughnuts with non-traditional filling (e.g. liqueur, Earl Grey cream)

3. Chocolate (responsibly sourced, new flavors)

4. Injera chips

5. Artisan/house-made ice cream



1. Globally inspired breakfast dishes

2. Vegetable carb substitutes (e.g. cauliflower rice, zucchini spaghetti)

3. Street food inspired dishes (e.g. tempura, kabobs, dumplings)

4. Katso Sando (Japanese cutlet sandwich)

5. House-made/artisan pickles


Restaurant Concepts

1. Chef-driven fast casual concepts

2. Pop-up temporary restaurants

3. Commissaries (e.g.shared commercial kitchen space)

4. Small-plate menus/restaurant concepts

5. Food halls


Culinary Concepts

1. Cannabis/CBD-infused food

2. Zero-waste cooking (elevated cuisine using food scraps)

3. Hyper-local (e.g. restaurant gardens, house-made items)

4. Veggie-centric/vegetable-forward cuisine

5. Natural ingredients/clean menus


To see our latest snacks and flavors, visit us at the NRA Show this Sat-Tues in the BAR pavilion in Booth 11239.

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