Technomic, a Chicago-based foodservice consulting firm, suggests that menu innovation will play an essential role to entice recession-weary diners with compelling reasons to eat out. Look for these five trends in the year ahead. New Spin on Old Favorites: Comfort Foods Look for increased menuing of upscale comfort foods, with an explosion of simple foods containing a small number of “real-food” ingredients. Expect to see a fresh, premium or high-quality spin on familiar, humble foods, such ...

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