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.

Citrus and spice dominate menus in 2015 
Big, bold flavors and unfamiliar ingredients tantalized diners’ palates, Datassential finds
Pastaria coconut gelato
The year in desserts: Crunchy, salty, mini and more 
A look back at hot trends, and what to expect in 2016
Menu innovation key consumer draw in 2015 
Taco Bell, Arby’s share success stories of driving sales
aquaculture divers
Wild vs. farmed seafood: A false dichotomy  4
Chefs and sustainability advocates paint a more complex picture
Winter Citrus Salad Fogo de Chao
Chefs add zing to dishes with citrus fruits 
Yuzu and grapefruit grow on menus
Ginger Sabayon Mousse dessert
Pastry chefs make desserts that go crunch 
Textural variety adds appeal to sweets
‘Clean eaters’ wield influence on restaurant industry 
Small but growing group shuns chemicals, preservatives other additives in food
Ever-popular shrimp abounds on menus in October 
The country’s most popular seafood is celebrated this month
Wok Box Thai Box
Fragrant mint grows on restaurant menus 
Use of the herb has grown 25 percent on menus across all segments in last four years, Datassential says
Report: Catering to specific customer needs 
Restaurants can drive traffic by tailoring promotions to specific occasions instead of traditional dayparts
Pie adds warmth to cold-weather menus 
Pastry chefs bake up fall favorites and fresh takes on classic desserts
Chefs elevate oyster dishes with rich ingredients 
Bacon, cheeses, Champagne and other luxurious items are paired with the shellfish
Indian flavors gradually gain favor on menus  1
More chefs experiment with complex cuisine’s cooking techniques, spices
Triple Chocolate Mousse
White chocolate finds a sweet spot on dessert menus 
More chefs give the chocolate variant a chance
NPD: Seasonal beverage programs attract loyal visitors 
Drink specials tied to the season can inspire repeat visits from existing customers, according to NPD Group research

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