As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, bloggers, and readers. We've already covered best standbys, top newcomers, 2012 in one word, best restaurant neighborhood, the biggest dining surprises of the year, single best meals, and restaurant breakups. Now, finally, headline predictions for 2013. Readers, please add your thoughts to the comments.
Q. Dining world headline predictions for 2013?
Kane Webb, editor, Louisville Magazine: Even more backlash against farm-to-table, organic, eat-right-and-local-or-we'll-hate-you dining.
Elizabeth Orrick, food writer, Louisville.com: "Mixologist Magician Conjures 65 Ingredient Cocktail," "Four Pegs Chicken and Waffle Sandwich Nominated for President" and "Sunergos Overtakes Starbucks as World's Largest Coffee Chain" (a girl can dream).
Steve Hacker, writer and brand consultant, Gourmandistan.com: "Whatever happened to sous vide?"
Melissa Duley, associate editor, Louisville Magazine: Foraging-to-table is the new farm-to-table
Antonia Lindauer, freelance food writer, That Vampin' Lady: Low- to low-noise level restaurants. There has been such a backlash against loud restaurants lately that I predict some restaurants will try to cash in on being "the quiet spot." I enjoy a bustling restaurant, and don't mind noise one bit, but that could change in years to come.
Josh Moss, managing editor, Louisville Magazine: "Artisanal, Organic Popcorn Stand Opens on East Market."
Zach Everson, editor, Eater Louisville: "Paula Deen apologizes," "Pappy Van Winkle introduces X-Press Bourbon, aged five minutes; sells out" and "Barn constructed from reclaimed restaurant tables"