5) Local Wine is the New Local Food Movement: Now that all 50 states have wineries–some of which are world class–and with more attention being paid to American brews, Made in America will be a stamp of pride for beverages.
6) Fair Trade is the New Organic: Big in Europe already, the push in coffee, chocolate, and table textiles, fair trade foods will become as big of a buzz word as organic.
7) Bacon is the New Pork Belly: In 2007, pork belly was on almost every restaurant menu. Now artisan bacon that’s nitrate-free, made from Berkshire pigs, etc., is showing up at restaurants and in unexpected products. We’ve even seen everyone’s favorite pork product in boutique brittle, cookies, ice cream, and chocolate bars.
8)Fancy Greens are the New Salads Everywhere: Dandelion, mustard, and kale are a few of the more exotic greens that will replace the typical romaine served in every chain restaurant in the country.
9) Quick, but High Quality Sushi is the New Lunchtime Salad: Led by those strip mall sushi spots in L.A., high-quality fast food sushi places will begin to open as both obesity and lack of time continue to be issues for Americans. McTuna Roll anyone?
10) Charging it Tableside is the New Ordering Online: Last year it became even more popular to order takeout online and keep your credit card information safe. Next up: protecting your account from restaurant workers with new tableside, wireless credit card swipers.