Side Orders: What will we be eating this year?

Among the culinary trends for 2018 are colorful foods, such as Starbucks' eye-popping purple, blue and pink Unicorn Frappuccino.
photo Anne Braly

San Francisco-based Andrew Freeman & Company, a consulting firm for the restaurant and hospitality industry, recently released its 2018 trend forecast, telling us what changes and innovations we can expect to see, and from the look of things, it's going to be a very tasty year.

Brooke Secor, account manager for the company's public relations department, says the process for deciding what trends will be trendy isn't difficult, but whoever's in charge of deciding what foods America will be eating "must love to eat and eat and eat some more." Plus, the process involves reading as much as possible, talking to chefs around the country and, perhaps most importantly, deciding the difference between trends and fads.