The growth of mobile catering trucks is just one trend that will be represented at the National Restaurant Show, which comes to McCormick Place Saturday and runs through Tuesday. Mobile food vendors will ring up about $630 million in sales of traditional and gourmet food items this year, up from $608 million in 2010, though down from pre-recession levels of $915 million in 2005, according to the National Restaurant Association as reported in the Los Angeles Times. Food trucks took a hit during the recession, due to declines in the construction industry, but are back in vogue with many offering gourmet fare.
Other trends to be explored include environmental sustainability, social media marketing and culinary innovation. Chicago’s Rick Bayless will be presenting from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the show’s World Culinary Showcase in the South Hall, Level 3. Retired Gen. Colin Powell will deliver the keynote address on “Diplomacy, Persuasion, Trust and Values” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Vista Ballroom.
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