Interesting survey in my local paper today, The Daily Breeze (aka Daily Fish Wrapper). The survey of American chefs conducted by the National Restaurant Association showed some interesting veggie trends in restaurants which came out in their overall, "What's Hot, What's Not" trends.
Here's what they found.
Percent of American chefs surveyed who said these vegetables are in vogue at restaurants:
Locally Grown Produce 84%
Organic Produce 76%
Fresh Herbs 67%
Exotic Mushrooms 65%
Check out their site for more interesting stuff http://www.restaurant.org/pressroom/pressrelease.cfm?ID=1523 including a quote by chef Dawn Sweeney who says, "restaurant trends are driven both by consumer demand and chef creativity."
So, as I have been saying, we get what we ask for, so using our dollars to demand local ingredients truly can make a difference.