Fern Glazer

Consumer trends contributor,
Nation's Restaurant News

Fern Glazer has been covering consumer trends, food trends and more for Nation’s Restaurant News since 2003. You can reach Fern at: fern@littlewarriormedia.com.

A look back at the trendy flavors of 2016
Chiles, fermented foods and ethnic flavors dominated this year
Year in desserts marked by classics with a twist
Take a look at the 2016 trends that have staying power
movie theater food
Movie theaters focus on food
Cinemas go far beyond popcorn in effort to serve customers elevated menu offerings
Chefs celebrate Dungeness crab season
Crustacean featured in rolls, dips, platters and more
Chiles add more than heat to menus
Chefs use capsicum to contribute complexity and depth of flavor
Threat from C-stores keeps growing 1
Convenience stores are making inroads with consumers and stealing quick-service visits, NPD finds
butternut squash cake
Chefs show that cake isn’t just for birthdays
Cakes made with seasonal fall and winter ingredients gain popularity
Pangasius: Farmed fish quietly gains popularity 1
Despite sustainability issues, consumption of this low-cost white fish is on the rise
Fermentation: The hottest ancient technique in restaurants 
Vegetables, hot sauce and meat take on new dimensions
Chefs make oily fish approachable with toast and crackers
Bite-sized morsels offer a taste of strongly flavored seafood
Pastry chefs prepare to celebrate the holidays with chocolate 
Molten cakes, shareable Yule logs and other sweets mark the season
Fast casual traffic drops
Fast-casual traffic stumbles as menu prices climb  2
Consumers feeling “sticker shock” particularly at lunch, NPD research finds
Fungi Flatbread
Beyond pumpkin: Seasonal specialties shine on fall menus
Chefs make use of root vegetables, mushrooms, chiles and more during the autumn
pumpkin flan
Pastry chefs dream up new riffs on pumpkin classics  1
Autumn squash now found in flan, crullers and tiramisu
NPD: Independent restaurants struggle against larger competitors  3
Small operators share strategies for success amid shrinking independent segment

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