Editor’s Note: In The Kruse Report, a new feature on NRN.com, food trend expert Nancy Kruse looks at what’s shaping menus across the country. Today she explores the meatball phenomenon.
Meatballs are true culinary classics undergoing a recession-driven revival. Familiar and comforting to patrons, they often provide a sense of fun — a nostalgic quality that makes consumers smile. From the culinary perspective, meatballs are clearly fun to work with as well. Creative and versatile, they’ve been appearing in a host of treatments and in a wide range of operations. And their winning combination of low food cost and high customer satisfaction makes everyone happy.
Nancy Kruse, president of the Kruse Company, is a menu trends analyst based in Atlanta. Pick up the Feb. 7 issue of Nation's Restaurant News to read more from Nancy Kruse about meatballs' revival.