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On-trend culinary offerings from NRA Show 2017

Your guests are looking for tantalizing tastes from around the globe, healthful menu items and ingredients that mesh with their lifestyles. Here some of the on-trend offerings from this year's NRA Show that reflect what our What's Hot culinary forecast shows.

Make your own noodle bar

Demand for Asian and other ethnic flavors shows no sign of letting up, so operators are looking for more ways to offer noodle bowls, ramen and pho, says Nona Lim. Her preservative- and additive-free broths and noodles are available in various formats, including grab-and-go bone broth in cups with sippy lids. “All you need to do is microwave it and sip it like a Starbucks coffee,” she says. The XX-based company also offers recipes, instructions and ingredients for setting up your own noodle bar.

Brazilian cheese rolls

Wake up your breakfast offerings or appetizers with these bite-sized gooey, cheesy rolls. Made with tapioca starch, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, milk and eggs, the small baked rolls are popular in Brazil as a snack or breakfast food. They come par-baked and cook up in five minutes. They're all over the exhibit floor at McCormick Place, so get them before the competition does!


Safe, sustainable canned tuna


Looking for safe, sustainable canned tuna your millennial customers will love? We found Safe Catch tuna, which tests each fish caught for mercury levels. Started by two friends in Marin county, Calif., the goal is to bring safe, sustainably caught seafood to the masses. It took more than 10 years to develop the technology to produce the tuna, which has five times less mercury and five times more omega-3 oils than traditional brands. It's packed and cooked inside the can so no nutrients are lost. 

Street food-inspired snacks from around the world


What food trends did you identify at #NRAShow17? We've got our eyes on @chaatco, a delicious Indian street food snack 😋 ___ 📷: @chaatco

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World flavors


While Italian, Mexican and Chinese food remain popular food choices, consumers are becoming more adventurous as they explore more global flavors. And Filipino cuisine is particularly hot these days. Representatives from the Philippines pavilion point out that some of the hardest-to-come by reservations and seatings are at Filipino restaurants in Washington, D.C., New  York and Los Angeles.

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