In the restaurant business, there are always new culinary trends developing that are embraced by the dining public at large. Some trends are short-lived while others become so popular, they become mainstays on restaurant menus around the world.
One of the hottest trends happening today is the bacon craze. Bacon is showing up as an unlikely ingredient in all sorts of restaurant dishes. Bacon-wrapped scallops and tater tots, bacon mashed potatoes, corn with bacon, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and an assortment of bacon-infused desserts are just some of the ways this tasty meat is now being served.
The unusual pairing of bacon with chocolate is proving to be a favorite taste-combination for many restaurant customers. Chocolate pudding with bacon, chocolate and bacon covered pretzels, chocolate-bacon cake and ice cream sundaes with bacon can now be found on restaurant menus.
Sliders, those miniature sandwiches are hotter than ever in restaurants everywhere. In addition to the now-standard hamburger and cheeseburger sliders, chicken, turkey, pulled pork and even crab cake sliders are making appearances on all sorts of restaurant menus. Usually served with french fries, potato salad or cole slaw, these diminutive sandwiches are frequently arranged creatively on skewers and in stacks.
Chicken and waffles have been served together for many years but the flavorful combination has become a very popular restaurant dish. Often described as soul food, chicken and waffles usually features breakfast-style waffles topped with fried chicken. The waffles and chicken are generally served with syrup and butter or margarine.
One restaurant trend that shows no signs of going stale is the use of online coupons that offer discounts on meals and beverages. Sometimes these coupons are offered on social media sites and sometimes they are offered on individual restaurant’s websites.
Another hot trend in restaurants these days is the “farm to table’ dinner concept. These special dinners, that are usually held periodically, feature menus containing the freshest meats, seafood, produce and fruits from local farms. Wines from local vineyards are also frequently spotlighted at these dinners.
Farm to Table dinners often feature guest speakers including chefs, restaurant owners and the farmers …