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From our partners at the National Restaurant Association

More than 1,500 culinary professionals ranked 120 foods, beverages, and macro-trends to inform the Association’s 2024 What’s Hot Culinary Forecast.

In the food categories — dishes, ingredients, flavors and condiments — comfort, community and international flavors dominate. World-stage soups and stews, stuffed vegetables, and melty, shared cheese dishes are classic comfort foods and are a safe way for consumers to sample unique ingredients and flavors from other regions, both domestic and international.

More than 120 items were ranked in seven categories:

  • Dishes
  • Ingredients
  • Flavors
  • Condiments
  • Beverages
  • Alcohol Beverages
  • Macro-trends

What we learned: Consumers want to sample — and share through social media — new foods and flavors from other regions, both domestic and international but in a form that’s recognizable, comforting and, often, communal. Soups and stews, grilled cheeses, global wings, and international barbecue top this year’s trends list, along with integrating social media into menu marketing. Beverages that boost energy and health are on trend, while botanical cocktails star at the bar.

The What’s Hot Culinary Forecast presents the top 10 Hot Trends overall, the top trends in each category, trends the pros see as emerging in each category, and macro trends shaping menus, operations and marketing.

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