by Simon Majumdar in Drinks, August 8th, 2012
by Jonathan Milder in News, December 30th, 2011
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend some time in New Orleans. It has long been one of my favorite cities in the United States, both for its food and its people, and I always leap at any opportunity I get to visit.
I was even more excited on this occasion, however, as the particular reason for this visit was to attend the Tales of the Cocktail convention, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary. From an event which began in 2002 with just a handful of attendees, this celebration of the mixed drink now attracts well over 20,000 people, including representatives of all the major spirit brands as well as the best bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts from around the globe.
I will admit that it is, at its heart, an excuse for the cocktail community to have a really good time. There are also plenty of fascinating seminars, presentations by brands large and small, as well as enough tasting sessions to give you a good snapshot of what the latest developments are in the drinks business.
Here are the top five trends I saw emerging from 2012 Tales of the Cocktail:
1. Shrubs and Cobblers
If you thought that “shrubs” and “cobblers” had more to do with gardening and baking than with booze, think again. They are now appearing on cocktail menus all over the country.
Read more of Simon’s Top 5 Trends
by Jonathan Milder in News, December 31st, 2010
Food Network Kitchens has come up with its annual list of the top trends that will define 2012 in food. Check out one of the trends here, then visit Food Network’s Healthy Eats and Cooking Channel’s Devour for the rest of the list.
Mustard in its many forms — from condiment to vegetable, spice to cooking oil — is about to get its moment. Heat is hot, and this multifarious member of the cabbage family represents a vast, underexplored source of culinary heat. Look for sharp, peppery Indian mustard oil, spicy-salty Sichuanese pickled mustard greens and pungent-sweet Italian fruit mustards. We’re all about to learn that this genuinely global ingredient is much more than a hot dog condiment.
In 2012, condiment mustard will be made from scratch (it’s so easy) by more home cooks and chefs, mustard seeds will be pickled and scattered over all things rich and porky; mustard oil will move beyond Indian (and Korean and Chinese) kitchens, becoming a common cooking and seasoning oil (it makes a great salad dressing); and the greens, so healthy and so long neglected, will be next year’s kale.
More Top Food Trends of 2012:
by Jonathan Milder in News, December 30th, 2010
The Food Network Kitchens compiled a list of trends to look for in the coming year — some flavor-focused (Southeast Asian Black Kale Tacos, anyone? How about an extra helping of comfort, or veggies in a starring role?) — and some a continuation of the food-meets-technology-craze (digital cookbooks and your favorite cooking sites on your mobile device). Devour listed the first five predictions earlier this week, and we gave you more here on The FN Dish here and here. Before you begin your NYE reveling, check out our final two predictions below — eating well and doing good.
Local Sourcing Surges – Time was, if you wanted to eat locally you went to your nearest farmers market and bought directly from the producer. Well, times are changing. Some of the biggest fish in the food industry—Walmart, Bon Appétit Management, and Sysco, among others—are getting into the game. As a result, in 2011 we’ll be seeing local foods cropping up more frequently in supermarkets as well as in some surprising places—schools, hospitals, ballparks, and chain restaurants.
by Jonathan Milder in News, December 29th, 2010
The Food Network Kitchens has compiled their list of delicious predictions, and we’re serving it to you in bite-sized nuggets. Read yesterday’s trend predictions here, and check back tomorrow for the final installment. Then, visit Cooking Channel’s Devour for the even more new-year prophecies. Now, for today’s tech-savvy trends:
Food Goes Mobile
In 2011, smartphone apps will take over the tasks of restaurant search, reservation booking, and on-line food ordering. (Don’t wait till 2011 — check out our Food Network mobile offerings for iPhone, iPad and Android.) Food trucks will proliferate like never before. Pop up eateries will spread, while restaurants become increasingly ephemeral, conceptual, chef-centered less and less defined by brick and mortar spaces. And spaces will, as with the recent wave of food courts/gastro-malls, become more versatile, more multifarious, more designed to be moved through, grazed. The unvarnished good news is that it will never be so possible to eat well on the move.
The Food Network Kitchens offer for your perusal eleven trends that will define the coming year in food. Check back here tomorrow for another installment, and then visit Cooking Channel’s Devour for the rest of the list.
And if reading about these trends makes you hungry, you’re in luck. This year they’ve distilled (or rather mashed up) the predictions into emblematic recipes, thus giving you an opportunity unique among year-end forecasts: The chance to eat the predictions! Up first: Southeast Asian Black Kale Tacos (with a bit of Pork Belly). If these recipes are any indication, the year 2011 is going to be a delicious one. Bon appétit! Now for today’s two trends…
Tacos, Authentic to Eccentric
In 2011 chefs will do for tacos what they’ve spent the last several years doing for burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and sandwiches: that is, raising the quality of ingredients, and lavishing high-end technique and creativity on a popular food. Get ready for celeb-chef taquerias, wild fusion taquerias (look for many more Asian/Mexican mashups), locavore-friendly taquerias, hyper-authentic regional Mexican taquerias and many, many more.