Side dishes to take center stage

Menu expert Nancy Kruse discusses food trends for 2011

Menu developers are likely to shift their focus away from the center-of-the-plate and concentrate their energies on side dishes in 2011, according to food trend expert Nancy Kruse.

“I think we’re on the brink of revitalization of the side-dish category,” said Kruse, who is president of The Kruse Company in Atlanta and a columnist for Nation’s Restaurant News. “It’s been the least developed and most commoditized.”

She said the “wild

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