Always looking to be ahead of the curve when it comes to food trends? Then you’re in luck—we have the scoop on what’s going to be big on the scene in 2018. The National Restaurant Association recently released its What’s Hot 2018 Culinary Forecast, and there are definitely some things to take note of.
For example, did you know that Peruvian cuisine is on the rise while artisan cheese isn’t as popular as it once was? Or did you have any idea that jackfruit is trending while bitter melon is so last year?
The National Restaurant Association compiled the data by surveying 700 American Culinary Federation members earlier this year and asking them to rate over 100 items as 2018’s predicted “hot trend,” “yesterday’s news,” or “perennial favorite,” respectively. Speaking of what’s hot, don’t miss these Top 14 Food Trends of 2018
- Traditional cuts such as the ribeye, T-bone, and filet are officially a thing of the past. Now it’s all about the shoulder tender, oyster steak, Vegas Strip Steak, and Merlot cut. Looks like you’ll need to avoid The Grilling Mistake That’s Making You Sick come the new year.
- House-made condiments—ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise—will be giving Heinz a run for their money in 2018.
- There’s a time and place for fine dining, but in 2018, street food staples such as tempura, kabobs, dumplings, and pupusas are poised to reign supreme.
- While waffles and omelets will always be accepted breakfast foods, next year, ethnic-inspired breakfast items will have their chance to shine. Think: chorizo-scrambled eggs and coconut milk pancakes.
- With mounting concern about about the environment, it should come as no surprise that sustainable seafood is slated to be a hot trend in 2018.
- Happy Meals may be one of the most popular fast food items of all time, but 2018 is the year for healthy entrees for kids.
- We’ve seen the emergence of cauliflower rice, and zoodles (zucchini noodles) already, but it looks like we’ll be meeting more veggie carb substitutes next year, as this trend is on the rise.
- Sure, you’re well aware of cilantro, parsley, and thyme, but have you heard of chervil, lovage, lemon balm, and papalo? By the end of 2018 you’ll know all about ‘em.
- Say goodbye to imposter ethnic cuisine (sorry, Chipotle) and hello to the real thing.
- Continuing with the ethnic theme, 2018 will also embrace an array of ethnic spices such as harissa, curry, peri peri, ras el hanout, and shichimi.
- You’re probably slightly familiar with Brazilian cuisine, and by the time 2018 is said and done you’ll be acquainted with the food of Brazil’s neighbor—Peru—as well.
- In addition to house-made condiments, house-made pickles will also be big next year. Call us crazy, but burgers in 2018 are shaping up to be especially delicious.
- Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by farmers in the past, and 2018 is the year of heritage breed meats. In other words, get ready for some Berkshire Duroc, and Gloucestershire Old Spots pork.
- We’ve already been introduced to Thai-rolled ice cream, and apparently, it’s sticking around for 2018. In fact, it’s actually a trend on the rise. No complaints here!….