October 30, 2013 | Asian flavors, Asian food trends, food trends, Korean food trends, Vietnamese food trends
Southeast Asian flavors and cuisines are becoming mainstream in the United States. Foods such as kimchi, bibimbap, and pho, are no longer foreign concepts and are now commonly found on restaurant menus. Additionally, many restaurants are putting Asian spins on familiar offerings. According to restaurantbusinessonline.com, this increase in popularity stems from three main reasons: • An increase in the Asian population in the United States • Consumers are becoming more interested in bold flavor profiles • Consumers favor street food for its convenience, affordability, and flavors Get inspired by those who have already added Eastern influence....December 4, 2012 | food trends, Goodies Co., gourmet food delivery subscription service, Walmart Goodies
“Premium flavors of the world that come to you.” That’s the whole concept behind Walmart’s latest creation, Goodies Co.–a subscription service that delivers tasty little samples of artisan goods to food lovers at just $7 each month (including tax and shipping). According to their press release, “Goodies Co. has been in a private beta test for the last few months with over 3,000 users across the United States. Each month, treats are arranged into a thematic selection such as “Flavors around the World,” and “Trick-or-Treat Sweets” for Halloween.” For the foodie, this concept can prove to exciting since each....May 16, 2012 | food experts, food trends, foodie marketing, foodies, menu development, umami
Are you a foodie? Let’s examine what the word really means. Merriam-Webster defines the term “foodie” as, “a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads.” So, to set the record straight, you technically can’t be a foodie simply because you like to eat a lot. And actually, a recent USA today article, “Foodies enjoy different tastes than the rest of us,” delves further into this citing that foodies actually prefer bitter, sour and umami (savory) flavors over the typical preferences of the general population, which favors sweet and salty tastes. As restaurant owners, what can you....April 26, 2012 | food trends, healthy eating, meatless monday, vegetarian movement
As much as you may wish there was a Margarita Monday, “Meatless Monday” is being served up around the globe in homes and restaurants alike. That’s right! Meat lovers, please don’t consider this day as a kind of punishment because in actuality, Meatless Monday is an international campaign and movement with the goal of increasing your health and helping the environment. Founded in 2003, the program’s popularity and roster of participants continues to grow strong to this day. According to the Meatless Monday website, “Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer,....April 11, 2012 | food trends, potato recipes, potato skins
We’re not just talking about thick cut fries with potato skins – new and exciting twists to a typically unsexy and neglected food part (the potato skin) are happening at an upscale restaurant near you. Maybe it’s because the potato is so commonly known as a comfort food (mashed potatoes anyone?) for many that creative chefs are finding renewed interest in reinventing it. How do potato skins with Taleggio cheese, Brussells sprouts and pancetta sound? You can grab a plate of these gourmet appetizers off Chef-restaurateur Anthony Pino’s catering menu for $9. At R2L in Philadelphia, you can indulge....