The 5 Hottest Dining Trends in 2011 So Far
by Kelly Dobkin
Restaurant trends – some of them linger for years, while others fizzle out in a matter of weeks. We’re only six months into 2011, but already we’ve noticed some pretty strong dining trends running throughout many of our Buzz cities. Here’s a look at the five most prominent trends this year so far.
Here today, gone tomorrow seems to be the MO that fueled the massive popularity behind pop-ups in the last six months. From NYC’s What Happens When to DC's upcoming America Eats Tavern (from chef José André s) the idea of a temporary or concept-shifting restaurant is all the rage in 2011. Also, "perma pop-up" concepts were big as well, including Joseph Mahon's Burger Parlor in the LA area and NYC’s LTO, which rotates chefs every three months. Pop-ups were also a means for out-of-town chefs to workshop new concepts in new cities. NYC's JBF LTD in Chelsea Market showcased the talents of chefs like Laurent Grasand Michelle Bernstein, and LA chef Ludo Lefebvre announced plans for an upcoming LudoBites pop-up in NYC.