CHICAGO — Comfort food, cocktails, fresh ingredients, and Mediterranean food will thrive in foodservice in 2009, according to Mintel Menu Insights, which tracks US restaurant menus. “This recession will persist into early 2009 and potentially much longer, so restaurants need to be ready for customers who feel tired, overwhelmed and tapped out financially,” said Maria Caranfa, director of Mintel Menu Insights, which predicts that restaurants will make comfort food new by increasing their use ...

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