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Nancy Kruse

Nancy Kruse is a menu maven and president of The Kruse Company. She is a well known and highly regarded expert on menu trends. Her monthly State of the Plate column provides insight into the trends influencing menu innovation.

Articles by
Nancy Kruse

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Consumer Trends

What'll it be for a COVID-wisened industry, experience or convenience?

Sweet & Sour: Nancy Kruse and Peter Romeo look at the oft-voiced theory that the pandemic has shifted the focus of restaurant customers and operators to the convenience of takeout and delivery. Neither one is buying it. Some axe throwing and a drink, anyone?


Restaurants are filling their menus with smoke

State of the Plate: Chefs are smoking everything in the latest menu trend, from brisket to cocktails and even ice cream.

Sweet & Sour: The debut column from Nancy Kruse and Peter Romeo focuses on the good, the bad and the ugly from the year that was.

State of the Plate: Menu Trends Columnist Nancy Kruse reports from the Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor Conference, which provided a taste of the Americas.