~Janet Helm, MS, RD
There’s no doubt that many of today’s food trends are inspired by innovative chefs in the restaurant world. The new dishes we’re trying out at home -- and blogging about or pinning on Pinterest -- may have originated in a restaurant kitchen. So what’s hot on menus these days?
I took a look at a study conducted by newBrandAnalytics that analyzed the online reviews of 100 buzz-worthy restaurants. The firm studied nearly 150,000 online mentions, at places like Twitter, OpenTable, Yelp, Facebook, TripAdvisor, Zagat, and Urban Spoon to identify what’s trending and driving customers to return to those hot restaurants. They looked at comments such as “would return” and “can’t wait to come back” based on specific menu items.
Here’s the list of the top 10 food trends driving customer loyalty at restaurants:
2. Short Ribs
4. Bone Marrow
9. Wagyu Beef
10. Sea Urchin
It turns out, many of these trending foods are popular on Healthy Aperture. You don’t need to eat out to enjoy some of these five-star worthy recipes created by Healthy Aperture bloggers.
Scallops with Quinoa and Pomegranate Gastrique by Scarborough Food Fair
Thai Spiced Pineapple Short Ribs by Living Nutrition
Octopus Stew by Chez Us
Roasted Peanut Kale Salad by Delicious Knowledge
Broccolini Salad with Burrata Cheese by Pickled Plum
Roasted Beet and Peach Salad by The Roasted Root
Grilled Teriyaki Wagyu Beef Sliders by Home Skillet
Cucumber cocktails, green tea mojitos and sangria top the beverage trends list, while red velvet cake, chocolate soufflé and doughnuts are the hot desserts.
Watermelon Cucumber Cooler by Noshing with the Nolands
Avocado Green Tea Smoothie by All Day I Dream About Food
Berry Sangria by Kitchen Confidante
Red Velvet Protein Bars by Sensual Appeal
Warm Chocolate-Orange Souffle Cakes by Michelle’s Healthy Bites
Blueberry Lemon Glazed Doughnuts by PreventionRD
Janet Helm is the author of the FOOD TRENDS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian who wears multiple hats – as a public relations executive, blogger and nutrition journalist. Currently, she is the Chief Food and Nutrition Strategist in North America for Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm. Janet is also the co-founder of Healthy Aperture, founder of Nutrition Blog Network and author of The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook. She blogs at Nutrition Unplugged and for WedMD and is a former media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and nutrition, and a master’s degree in dietetics from Kansas State University. Janet lives in Chicago with her husband and 10-year-old twins.
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