Hot New Trends
Sustainability is the key word here. With the rapid rise of farm-to-table cookery and hyper-local ingredient sourcing, chefs all over are striving to use every bit of an ingredient. They’re even finding use for the parts that aren’t generally considered appetizing and would otherwise be tossed out. We are living in a different time than previous generations. When given the option, today’s consumer gravitates towards food choices that have less negative impact on the environment and the communities that produce them. They also want food to be ethically sourced, sustainable and from renewable resources if possible. Whether it’s using tripe and tendon – as the wildly popular Vietnamese soup “pho” does – or processing the stems of a head of cauliflower to make “rice”, these estranged ingredients are starting to shine more as people become increasingly familiar with the idea that they can be tasty as well as useful in the kitchen.
Try this Basil Carrot Top Pesto recipe for a fresh take on the use of avant-garde greens.
The recently popular ‘chicken and waffles’ craze may have kick started this movement, however we blame it on pure deliciousness. Fried chicken just tastes good, no matter how you slice it. Before, when a hankering for fried chicken set in, you’d to have to visit a local diner or Mom-and-Pop roadside stop to get your hands on the greasy goodness. Now, fried chicken is carving out its place on menus everywhere in unexpected ways. Casual-dining chain restaurants and upscale establishments alike have embraced fried chicken. With a twist of course, spicing the nostalgic dish up with the popular flavors of sriracha or ghost pepper, or turning up the sweet with a touch of honey or house-made glaze.
Satisfy your cravings with this luscious Maple Fried Chicken recipe.
Shifts in consumer beliefs and behaviors have always worked to influence mainstream food & beverage trends. More than ever, consumers are demanding customized solutions to match their lifestyles. They want ingredients that will improve gut-health, digestion, fortify bones or boost immunity. The marketplace has seen rapid growth with foods like kimchi, a Korean vegetable dish with natural fermentation that has been proven to aid stomach ailments, or spices like turmeric which has anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting properties. It’s clear that health & wellness and food choices clearly go hand in hand!
Toss a touch of turmeric into your diet with this Miso Ginger Turmeric Dressing recipe.
Conscious thought and careful consideration of food has become common practice as of late. What food is and where it comes from is more important than ever in today’s health-conscious world. Due to this recent trend, a spotlight has been shed on the sustainability of seafood worldwide. Chefs everywhere are bringing the issue of sustainable seafood, and the ever-growing need to protect and replenish our oceans for future generations, to the table in a big way. Informed consumers are making powerful choices too. By finding out where their fish comes from, they’re able to make a big impact in the long-run. With an abundance of responsibly sourced seafood, comes the need for fresh and innovative ways to serve it. Chefs and home cooks alike are going the distance in these days of sustainability, and it shows in their creativity.
Try a tropical take on freshly prepared Ceviche with this Pineapple-Scallop pairing.
With the recent rise in popularity of noodle dishes such as Vietnamese Pho or Japanese ramen, foodies all around have taken a liking to unique styles of noodles. Whether they’re searching for something that is healthier, tastier, or just more exciting than what they’re used to, new varieties of noodles are being slurped up in restaurants all around. Cellophane (glass noodles or potato starch noodles) will make for a great cold noodle salad, while Udon (thick wheat noodles) remains a hearty and delicious base for warm savory dishes.
Pick your noodle and toss in a sauce that is sure to satisfy your cravings, like this Monin Sichuan Ginger Noodle Dressing.
Hope you’re thirsty!