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Summer Food Trends

Add these trending items to your summer menus

By Sarah Ann Noel - May 17, 2017

Normally originating in food hubs like New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and London, trending food items are sweeping the market faster and faster. Perhaps it's a renewed interest in food from the Millennial set; or maybe the use of social media grants merit to food adventuring and documentation. Whatever the reason, "food trends" are a thing, and the self-proclaimed food lovers are on the hunt to find the hottest bites in their city.

Not for the faint of heart, these trending dishes are brightly colored and Instagrammable. Refinery29 created a "food bucket list" for the summer, most options catering to a sweet tooth. From rainbow bagels and over-the-top milkshakes, their finds are guaranteed to look great in your feed--and send you into a sugar coma. Eat This, Not That created a more savory list, with particular focus on exciting new ethnic-inspired trends. 

Truth be told, you don't have to reinvent yourself to appeal to the trendsetters or trendseekers. We've always found, the best way to stay on-point is to be willing to move with the seasons, with just a hint of what's in fashion. Here are a few easy options for dressing up your summer menu, without having to swirl food coloring into everything.
  1. Cocktails. The summer trends will favor flora-inspired tastes, as well as clear liquors. This pink drink, originally from Juniper + Ivy, and featured in Town and Country magazine is a great jumping off point. 
  2. Salads. We're seeing asparagus everywhere--from the base of salads to shavings on the top. Delish has ten great recipes to get you inspired. 
  3. Small plates. The best small plate this summer is flatbread. From there, you can let your imagination run wild--just start with a great crust and incredibly rich toppings. We found a lot of inspiration in this summer appetizers list from the Food Network.
  4. Desserts. People everywhere are craving lemon! We've seen it in drinks, entrees, and desserts; but these cheesecake parfaits in Food and Wine looked too good to not feature. 
What's on your menu for the summer? Need a little help beyond these tips? Our restaurant consultants specialize in menu development and current food trends. Contact us today for ideas! 

Photo by Victoria Marano.