02 Jan The Top 2017 Restaurant Food Trends
It’s officially the beginning of a new year. A tradition that we see in the food industry is to predict the trends that will take over restaurants in the coming year. We have done our research, and below are the top 2017 restaurant food trends that we should expect to see.
2017 Restaurant Food Trends
We should expect to see a big rise in the health-conscious consumer. People are not only becoming more aware of the effects that certain foods and chemicals have on our bodies, but they are taking action as well and requesting more of these foods to be available. You can expect to see a rise in healthy, organic, and cruelty-free foods that nourish the body.
You should also expect to see a rise in quirky foods. People are embracing odd spices and unique food combinations, probably due to the rise of food blogs and food Instagram accounts. These accounts showcase quirky food combos to millions of dedicated followers, so it’s no wonder why so many people are utilizing their imagination when it comes to food!
Trend #1: Alternative Pasta
Gone are the days of high-carb, overly processed pasta. Pasta made from brown rice, quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas are now taking the stage. You may even see a rise in grain-free pasta alternatives like spiralized veggies such as sweet potato and squash.
Be prepared to have gluten-free alternatives available in your restaurant, or offer some unique veggie pasta dishes that will appeal to all types of eaters.
Trend #2: Organic, antibiotic-free and hormone-free foods
Popular restaurant chains are starting to make massive changes about how they source their eggs, meat, and other ingredients, due to new standards set by the Global Animal Partnership’s Broiler Chicken Standard. This standard requires that no crates, cages, or overcrowding are to be used on farms in. Restaurants are starting to purchase their products from farms who meet this standard.
If your restaurant sells meat products, you should expect to see a rise in demand of meat that is sourced ethically.
Trend #3: Buddha Bowls
Buddha Bowls are all the craze on social media lately, so you can definitely count it as an expected 2017 restaurant food trend. Buddha Bowls are dishes made of various greens, veggies, beans, and healthy grains that are both filling and delicious at the same time.
These bowls are a huge trend in the online weight loss and health food world, and you are sure to be the most popular restaurant in town if you embrace this trend. Buddha Bowls provide clean, healthy nutrition in fun ways, and the options are really endless. The only limit to a buddha bowl is your imagination.
Click here for some great buddha bowl recipes.
Trend #4: Creative Condiments
People are embracing their quirkiness in 2017, and condiments are part of that trend. A great way to see trends in the food industry are to look on the popular food blogs and Instagram accounts, as they provide great insight into what consumers are enjoying.
Creative condiments such as ghee, black garlic puree, piri piri sauce, black sesame tahini, habanero jam, and other rare or unheard of sauces are making waves in the online world. If you create dishes that embrace this trend, your restaurant patrons will be sure to jump on board.
Trend #5: Coconut
Be prepared for the rise of coconut! This trend started off strong in 2016 with coconut water and oil being the go-to sources of coconut. In 2017, we should expect to see a rise in other coconut products as well.
Coconut sugar, tortillas, amino acids, spreads, and even candies are hitting the supermarket shelves are sure to be a huge trend in 2017. Again, the health-conscious consumer is going to be on the rise, and coconut is a staple in the health industry.
Trend #6: Purple Foods
Last on our list of 2017 restaurant food trends is purple foods! We have seen purple everywhere lately, and you can expect to see it skyrocket in 2017.
Purple asparagus, cauliflower, beets, and chips are pretty popular right now. Try to incorporate some purple power into your restaurant, and see your restaurant guests light up with excitement!