Top food trends for 2014

Tea is predicted to be the biggest trend in 2014, including tea leaves in entrees, cocktails and more.

Jan. 6—At the beginning of every year, NPA reads the tea leaves to see what new food trends its staffers will be tasting in the coming months. This year, the tea itself is the trend.

Tea leaves will be big in entrees, desserts and, of course, cocktails. Starbucks has opened its first tea shop.

We won't be just drinking tea; Artisan distilling keeps on growing. This could be the year of gin, made with local botanicals as well as the traditional juniper berry.

New — but still ancient — grains will join the now-common spelt and quinoa. Teff and freekeh may be as familiar to us by the end of next year.