Culinary Resources

What’s Hot 2016 Culinary Forecast

Each year, the National Restaurant Association surveys professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation to determine which food, beverage and culinary themes will be hot on restaurant menus in 2016. For this year’s survey, nearly 1,600 members responded, giving such trends as locally sourced meats and seafood and chef-driven fast-casual concepts top billing.

In addition, menu items that gained in trendiness since last year’s survey include:

  • African flavors
  • Authentic ethnic cuisine
  • Ethnic condiments/spices
  • House-made/artisan soft drinks
  • Middle Eastern flavors
  • Non-traditional liquors

For complete survey results, additional trends to watch, video and downloadable graphics, visit Join the conversation on Twitter with #WhatsHot2016.

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ChefConnect: Atlanta

Hyatt Regency Atlanta, March 13–15, 2016. Northeast and Southeast members kick off the 2016 Signature Series in the Peach State, where ACF will be welcomed with the warmest of Southern charm. With one of the fastest growing food cultures in the country, Atlanta is home to cutting-edge, award-winning chefs and restaurants with firmly planted Southern roots as well as international and ethnic offerings. Join us for education and networking in Georgia’s capital city.

ChefConnect: Hawaii

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, April 3–5, 2016. Central and Western Region members head to Hawaii Island for the Spirit of Aloha. Comprised of five distinct volcanoes, The Big Island is an unrivaled expression of the power of nature. Native Hawaiian cuisine started with the first Polynesians who arrived with fruit and plants to cultivate the new land. Today, modern regional cuisine beautifully reflects the fusion of global influences and local products. Join us for a culinary exploration of local and regional cuisine along with industry trends, education and networking.

Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, July 15–19, 2016. Phoenix’s bold nature shines through with unique cultural eats, breathtaking sunsets against rugged mountains and a gateway to the Grand Canyon. Visit Arizona’s urban heart for educational and engagement opportunities that will build off the ChefConnect: series and provide a revitalizing experience for members, foodservice professionals, students and competitors. Whether you are a seasoned chef or a student new to the kitchen, Cook. Craft. Create. offers something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready for this amazing convention in Phoenix!