On this episode of On Foodable, brought to you by the Foodable Network, four Foodable hosts weigh in on their most interesting findings from this year’s NRA Show. Foodable Founder/CEO Paul Barron, Managing Editor Jessica Bryant and “Rock My Restaurant” co-hosts Eric Norman & Bill Bender join us to reveal some interesting products from the floor. Watch the full episode as they dive into a cost-effective, mobile contraption for on-site hydroponic farming, a flash-freeze system for barware and plates, no-scratch/no-cloud glassware, and gluten-free fare at the Show.
The 96th annual NRA Show, held May 16th-19th at McCormick Place in Chicago, was a whirlwind of equipment, technology, products and samples to whet — and fill — the restaurant industry’s appetite. The lengthy lineup of education sessions sprinkled more than a dash of diversity and curiosity: How can women climb the ladder to executive positions in a male-dominated industry? Will marijuana in certain states start to infiltrate menus? And the samples — from a cheese loop to gluten-free goodies and from meatballs to frozen yogurt — were plentiful.
Though thousands of guests in the foodservice arena feasted their eyes on a vast array of products & exhibitors, we hone in, below, on 4 of our favorite trends that permeated throughout the Show.
1. Artisanal Products & Authentic Flavors
If you’re familiar with the Swedish culture, you’ve probably been turned onto fika, which translates to a daily tradition of drinking coffee. Fika provides an intentional, often scheduled break to take time for oneself while enjoying a cup of coffee and usually a sweet treat on the side. This is the DNA of Fika, a line of NYC-based boutique cafés that not only serve coffee, but specialize in handcrafted chocolates by award-winning Swedish chocolatier Håkan Mårtensson. At the show, Fika was doling out a variety of chocolates & treats, from cookie dough chocolate protein power bars to a hazelnut spread and spicy raisins — encased in ginger, cloves, cinnamon and milk chocolate.Read More