Travels from: San Francisco Bay Area
Expertise: Food and beverage trends; food innovation and strategy; restaurant and dining trends; trend adoption; trend forecasts; food culture and history.
Kara Nielsen practices the art and science of spotting food and beverage trends and translating them for strategic insights, innovation, inspiration and education. She speaks and writes on where food trends come from and how they evolve and grow across today’s busy foodscape, using her background in culinary arts, restaurants, and food culture to place trends in a context that gives them meaning and illustrates how trends can be leveraged for innovation of all kinds.
Kara has traveled the world sharing her insights on trends. She addresses audiences at food industry trade shows, professional conferences and corporate meetings and is also a frequent panelist and panel moderator on food innovation. She is frequently quoted in media ranging from Bloomberg News, Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New York Times, Refinery29, Consumer Reports and Flavor & The Menu.
Over her career, Kara has experience contributing culinary and trend content at innovation agencies, consumer insights consultancies, and market research firms. She also has a particular love of pastry from her years living in Paris and working as a restaurant pastry chef.
Kara holds a Master’s degree in Gastronomy from Boston University and a Bachelor’s in French Studies from Northwestern University. She also earned two certificates from the UK-based Wine & Spirits Education Trust.