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Top Food Trends for 2018


Here's what chefs say are food trends to watch for in 2018:

  • Uncommon herbs (papalo, lovage, lemon verbena)
  • Off-cuts of meat (Oyster steak, Merlot cut, shoulder tender) and heritage breeds
  • Thai-rolled ice cream and fun soft-serve flavors
  • Street food (pupusas, dumplings, kabobs)
  • Israeli, Middle Eastern, Regional Chinese, African, Peruvian and Filipino flavors
  • Plant-based burgers
  • Doughnuts with fun fillings (liqueur, Earl Gray cream)
  • Zhug (Israeli condiment)
  • Exotic fruit like paw paw, rambutan
  • Cauliflower “rice,” zucchini “spaghetti” and other veggie-carb substitutes
  • Lesser-known “trash” fish and poke
  • Overnight oats

Source: National Restaurant Association, What’s Hot Culinary Forecast 2018