The stories are fun to write and to read. They make good snapshots of the present landscape, and they’re also easy, considering the pressure to be right pales in comparison to the excitement they create.
I love food trend stories because they give me an excuse to try new stuff. Not that I don’t do that all year long anyway, but trend lists breathe fresh air into my sails.
Eat Beat, the e-newsletter for www.restaurant-hospitality.com, put together a list of 10 food trends to track in 2013. This is an abbreviated version. For greater detail, click the link.
1. Strong coffee: Actually gets a clean bill of health this year.
2. Preservation: Cured, brined and/or fermented foods, such as kimchi and pickled carrots.
3. Health-care: Chefs are trying to reduce unhealthy stuff and replace it with good stuff. Believe it.
4. Wine in a box: Everybody’s doing it.
5. Food photo sharing: Personally I hate looking at bad pictures of other people’s food, but apparently, I’m alone.
6. Food labeling on steroids: Offering info on food origin and whether scientists fooled around with it in some biotech lab.
7. Portable protein: I won’t say “on the go,” because that phrase annoys me. Just grab a Cliff Bar and be done with it.
8. Bitter: Acquired taste, explains the coffee craze and cocktail bitters.
9. Casual dining: Even for expensive grub.
10. Coconut: Coconut oil found itself on the axis of evil a few years ago due to a movie popcorn expose. Health food nuts, of all people, are bringing it back.
Get on the bitters, coffees and coconuts bandwagon with Spiced Coconut Coffee, which I like to call Jumpin’ Joesaphat.