Top 20 Hot Trends For Food and Drink In 2014 and How To Try Them At Home!

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Want a peek at the HOT TRENDS in food and drink for 2014?  We have them below, plus we posted 20 picks for hot trends you can easily try out at home!

Every year the National Restaurant Association surveys professional chefs, the members of the American Culinary Federation, on which food, cuisines, beverages and culinary themes will be hot trends on restaurant menus in 2014. The What’s Hot in 2014 survey was conducted in the fall of 2013 among nearly 1,300 chefs.  To see all the trends visit National Restuarant Association>

Here are the Top FOOD 20 Trends

    1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
    2. Locally grown produce
    3. Environmental sustainability
    4. Healthful kids’ meals
    5. Gluten-free cuisine
    6. Hyper-local sourcing (e.g. restaurant gardens)
    7. Children’s nutrition
    8. Non-wheat noodles/pasta (e.g. quinoa, rice, buckwheat)
    9. Sustainable seafood
    10. Farm/estate branded items
    11. Nose-to-tail/root-to-stalk cooking (e.g. reduce food waste by using entire animal/ plant)
    12. Whole grain items in kids’ meals
    13. Health/nutrition
    14. New cuts of meat (e.g. Denver steak, pork flat iron, tri-tip)
    15. Ancient grains (e.g. kamut, spelt, amaranth)
    16. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items (e.g. Asian-flavored syrups, Chorizo scrambled eggs, coconut milk pancakes)
    17. Grazing (e.g. small-plate sharing/snacking instead of traditional meals)
    18. Non-traditional fish (e.g. branzino, Arctic char, barramundi)
    19. Fruit/vegetable children’s side items
    20. Half-portions/smaller portions for a smaller price

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You will see the above when you dine out, however trends translate differently in the home.  With “you” in mind, here are our picks for hottest trends of the year that you should try next time you host friends or family.

Stay tuned here at the Party Bluprints Blog because we’ll have new ways for you to give these trends a try at home all year long!  Here are some to get you started…

  1. Food-liquor pairings | Especially Food and Beer this year: Love this guide from Wegmans>
  2. Gluten-free recipes | See our recipes!
  3. Vegetarian appetizers |Our Greek Salad Skewers>
  4. Edible cocktails | Tequila Party Melon Ballers>
  5. Flatbread appetizers |Margarita Flatbread Pizza>
  6. Tapas/meze/dim sum  (small plates) | Tapas picks>
  7. Ethnic dips | hummus recipe>, tzatziki recipe>, tabbouleh, babaganoush
  8. Quinoa | See our recipes!
  9. French toast | See our post for Multigrain French toast>
  10. Desserts with bacon | Bacon-Frosted Devil’s Food Cake recipe>
  11. Hybrid desserts (e.g. cronut, townie, ice cream cupcake)
  12. Korean cuisine | A special dinner party side dish>
  13. Peruvian cuisine | Peruvian Pisco Sour Cocktail Recipe>
  14. Heirloom apples | Heirloom Apple Salad>
  15. Superfruit  (e.g. acai, goji berry, mangosteen) | Samba Juice Recipe> Lingonberry Recipes>
  16. Moonshine| Homemade Cherry Pie Moonshine> 
  17. Dark greens (e.g. kale, mustard greens, collards) | Kale Salad>
  18. Oven-baked items in kids’ meals (e.g. baked chicken fingers, oven-baked fries)
  19. Bite-size/mini-desserts | Mini Champagne Cupcakes>
  20. Street food-inspired main courses |  tacos>, satay>, kabobs>

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