But why bother?
Before I even open up one of these stories, I can enumerate several so-called trends:
1. local food
4. food you’ve never heard of
5. more of #4
6. more of #2
7. more of #1
Yes, “food trends” are too predictable. But let’s explore further.
From the NRA and ACF:
Top 10 food trends for 2014:
Locally sourced meats and seafood
Locally grown produce
Healthful kids’ meals
Hyper-local sourcing (e.g. restaurant gardens)
Non-wheat noodles/pasta (e.g. quinoa, rice, buckwheat)
Farm/estate branded items
From the story:
Vegetables continue to be centre of the plate, edging out meat.
“I would say that cauliflower is the new kale and will definitely surpass kale this year,” says Christine Couvelier, executive chef and global culinary trendologist.
“Kale had that buzz and everybody loves kale chips and how many restaurants have we seen that have kale on the menu, but cauliflower is certainly the huge buzz this year. Bigger than ever.”
16) Sunchokes Have Their Moment
Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are nutty, healthy, versatile, easy to cook, and delicious. Expect to see them in far more dishes than you currently do in 2014.