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With the end of the year rapidly approaching (or slowly, for some of us), it’s time for food and beverage industry professionals to make their best predictions about new trends that will appear in 2021.

On the restaurant side, Food & Wine reports what chefs and restaurants predict for the near future. Some chefs are feeling optimistic for the future of dining out: when things slowly open again, they believe special occasion dining and tasting menus will pick back up. In the meantime, while people eagerly await for a return to normalcy (it’s going to be a while, everyone) comfort food and take-home restaurant kits will still be a near-constant thing.

Canned and jarred preserves from summer and fall bounties may make their returns on menus too, since so many people were growing fruit and vegetables this summer. Chefs did what they could with excess produce from farmers who couldn’t sell as much of their crop due to the pandemic, either selling it or using it in their dishes.

On the home cooking side, Today has a peek into what dietitians see in terms of individuals and product lines. The one thing both chefs and dietitians agree upon this year is that fancier condiments making a much bigger splash. Condiments are the easiest way to make home-cooked food much more interesting, so you’ll likely see more offerings of take-home condiments from your favorite restaurants and some interesting new things at the store.

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