National Restaurant Show brings food frenzy to Chicago - FOX 32 News Chicago

National Restaurant Show brings food frenzy to Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The National Restaurant Show opened in Chicago this week and offers a look into the future of food. The catch? The show is closed to the public. FOX 32's Joanie Lum was able to get an inside look into the show Tuesday morning.

The National Restaurant Show offers an inside look at items that could wind up on your dinner table. And for 65 of the 95 years the show has been running, Chicago's McCormick Place has been the host.

Not only does the show feature delicious treats, it brings some big business and new ideas to the city.

Organizers told FOX 32's Joanie Lum some of the fastest growing trends in the food industry are alternative bites and gluten free products. Dairy free, soy free, meat free and nut free foods are also growing segments in the industry. There is even a new version of bacon, a darling in the restaurant world, made from beef for people who don't eat pork.

"They call it schmacon. It's crispy, beefy, spicy and it has great flavor. Half the fat, calories and sodium levels," organizers told FOX 32's Joanie Lum.

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