Competing against All-Pro running back Herschel Walker is enough to make anyone sweat, but contestants in the second annual FARE Culinary Competition also had to face hundreds of onlookers and the pressure of their peers on Monday evening of the FARE conference, held at the Gaylord Texan June 16-18.
The abundance of options, our increasingly busy lifestyles and our culture of customization have irrevocably changed the way we eat. Products brings you first-person stories from the front lines of the new meal occasion.
The Products team roamed the show floor of the National Restaurant Association’s NRA Show and the Sweets & Snacks Expo. After walking Chicago’s McCormick Place—54,892 steps total, according to my fitbit—here are 10 trends no showgoer could escape.
The footprint of high-end, craft and natural confection at the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo continues to grow, while legacy candy brands had their R&D teams working at full throttle to deliver a wide array of new extensions on perennial favorites in time for the show.
Faster cooking technologies, a steady flow of dispensed treats and unique breads both gluten-free and gluten-full were among the trends that percolated at the 2014 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.