Nancy Kruse: State of the plate

Menu expert discusses food trucks, comfort, authenticity as driving forces behind menu innovation

Authenticity, comfort and food trucks are steering menu innovation, as chefs work to drive guest traffic — and customer returns — in a stubborn economy, menu expert Nancy Kruse said during the recent Menu Trend & Directions conference.

In the first half of the year, the top 250 restaurant chains have introduced 1,521 new entrée items and 1,726 new entrée limited-time offers, according to Nancy Kruse and her State of the Plate. When sides, appetizers, sandw

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