Trends Theater

These fast-paced, 20-minute sessions will help you identify profit opportunities and easy, creative menu concepts using today’s hottest trends!

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Demystifying Veg-Centric

Time: 10:00am and 1:00pm
The veg-centric trend focuses on flavor, using vegetables instead of meat as the main attraction. Veg-centric dishes deliver high-impact flavors by using aggressive cooking techniques such as grilling, pan-searing, smoking, and then enhancing vegetables with the bold flavor of a protein, sauce, or glaze. In this session you will sample delicious and craveable vegetable-centric dishes that will satisfy even the most devoted carnivore.

Incredible Food Mash-Ups

Time: 11:00am and 2:00pm
It's true what they say: two is better than one. Mash-ups combine two unlikely items to create a one-of-a-kind eating sensation. Take Asian tacos—they combine the best of Asian and Latin influences on one plate. Prepare to surprise your taste buds. In this session you'll sample unpredictable and crave-worthy food mash-ups.

Grilled Breads and Toast are Hot on Today's Sharing Plates Menus

Time: 12:00pm and 3:00pm
There are few foods that warm the senses and invite an appetite like grilled breads and toast. Take your offerings beyond traditional bruchetta and crostini. In this informative session, you will learn how to take this simple staple ingredient to new heights, using ingredients you already have in your kitchen.