A gathering of the International Food Futurists in Pittsburgh has provided a glimpse of some possible dining habits of the future.
The Futurists is a nonprofit network of food professionals who share information and explore food ideas and trends on a global scale.
Here's a glance into the group's crystal ball: microwave ovens that fit on bedside tables; eating five to six meals a day rather than the current three; edible containers for takeout food; snack-bar choices at your local theater, themed for each movie.
The organization predicts that everyone, especially children, will carry nutritional pocket cards.
In paying for a school lunch, a child would insert the card into the cash register for a nutritional tally of the foods chosen.
Also foretold are restaurants with storybook areas and theme menus providing an interactive dining experience; and best-seller food stores, selling the best products.