Nation's Restaurant News Names Kansas City 'Up-and-Coming' Food City 2017

   Kansas City’s culinary claim to fame might be barbecue, but according to Nation’s Restaurant News and hospitality consulting firm Andrew Freeman & Co., the Paris of the Plains has a lot more to offer as the up-and-coming food city for 2017.

   The nod to KC’s culinary prowess comes from the publication and consulting firm’s “25 Food and Beverage Trends to Expect in 2017” roundup.

   Andrew Freeman, the firm’s president, cites KC as a “hotbed of culinary activity,” and notes that though food and beverage trends tend to begin on the coasts and work their way inward, there is a growing trend of the reverse taking place.

   Food and beverage trend predictions highlighted in the roundup include an expansion of Asian cuisine, namely Filipino; the arrival of new imaginings of coffee and ice cream; an increase in dairy substitutions; canned wines, sour beers and cocktail consultants; and naming the breakfast sandwich the dish of the year.

   For a full list of Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2017 trend predictions, click here.