Mike Kostyo

Mike Kostyo
Trendologist & Senior Managing Editor

Mike Kostyo is the resident Trendologist and Senior Managing Editor at Datassential, the food industry's leading market research and trends company. At Datassential, Kostyo oversees the company's seven TrendSpotting magazines, custom client publications, and he leads trend immersion tours and ideation sessions across the country. Kostyo was a recurring guest on Fusion TV's "The AV Club Show"; has been featured on WGN Radio, CBS Radio, and Gimlet Media's "Why We Eat What We Eat" podcast; is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines; speaks at numerous conferences across the country annually; and he was a judge on Food Network's "Eating America." He has a master’s in gastronomy from Boston University, plus certificates in the culinary arts, baking arts, wine, and artisan cheese production. In his spare time he teaches cooking classes and co-founded a monthly food swap in Chicago.


Start Your Engines! Restaurants Rev Up Ideation, Innovation

It’s no secret the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic slowed down and shuttered independent restaurants. Yet perhaps not many people fully understand the important ways that independent restaurants inspire broader and bigger trends involving everything from ingredients to new food and beverage product concepts. Datassential, Chicago, is a leading consultant for foodservice data, menu and insights.
Come hear Trendologist Mike Kostyo …
… identify critical restaurant, menu and retail impacts during COVID
… examine new ingredient and taste trends (to date) during 2021, and…
... look ahead to what’s next for ingredients, foods and drinks in 2022 and beyond.

If you’re already looking ahead to 2022 new product projects—this is a can’t miss presentation!