The bacon tasting at Knife. (Photography by Kevin Marple)

Dallas is on Par With 2016 National Culinary Forecast

I’ve been studying the restaurant business in Dallas for almost 20 years. I have never seen such a robust market. The National Restaurant Association announced the 2016 Culinary Forecast and Dallas is on top of all of the predicted trends.

I’ve been studying the restaurant business in Dallas for almost 20 years. I have never seen such a robust market. We certainly have a lot of talent, but it worries me a little that chefs from larger markets aren’t moving here to work. Instead our local chefs just move around.

Most of the strain this causes on the quality of a restaurant goes on behind the scenes as executive chefs struggle to keep a team in place long enough to get it on a roll. But the good news is creative restaurants are opening and customers are filling the seats.

A few weeks ago, the National Restaurant Association announced the 2016 Culinary Forecast. It looks like Dallas not only hits the predicted trends, but many of our chefs are in the forefront of the movement. I’m looking at you artisan butchery, new cuts of meat, sustainable seafood, and artisan ice cream. We could bring up our food waste reduction/management standards and ancient grain games.

What other local trends have you noticed?

  1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
  2. Chef-driven fast-casual concepts
  3. Locally grown produce
  4. Hyper-local sourcing
  5. Natural ingredients/minimally processed food
  6. Environmental sustainability
  7. Healthful kids’ meals
  8. New cuts of meat
  9. Sustainable seafood
  10. House-made/artisan ice cream
  11. Ethnic condiments/spices
  12. Authentic ethnic cuisine
  13. Farm/estate branded items
  14. Artisan butchery
  15. Ancient grains
  16. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items
  17. Fresh/house-made sausage
  18. House-made/artisan pickles
  19. Food waste reduction/management
  20. Street food/food trucks

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