In November, Whole Foods released its top 10 food trend predictions for 2018, and several are in step with what WNC chefs plan to bring to the table in the new year:

1. Floral flavors
2. Super powders such as matcha, cacao and turmeric
3. Functional mushrooms that promote wellness (including reishi, chaga, lion’s mane, etc.)
4. More Middle Eastern flavors
5. Transparency in cuisine
6. High-tech, plant-based foods
7. Puffed and popped snacks
8. All kinds of tacos
9. Root-to-stem cooking
10. Bubbly beverages

About Gina Smith
Gina Smith is the Mountain Xpress Food section editor and writer. She can be reached at gsmith@mountainx.com.

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