Economic recovery is often reflected in culinary trends. Improved consumer confidence tends to foster exuberance in restaurant kitchens as chefs experiment with new flavors, combinations and techniques. However, although macroeconomic indicators currently show improvement, food and beverage trends are retrenching a bit this summer as restaurateurs see customers double-down on the familiar. Back to Basics, but better Omni Hotels and Resorts’ cocktails jumped 20 percent when it did ...

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