Cauliflower is the new kale and other doubtful trends

01/02/2014 01:17:00 PM
Tom Karst

Tom KarstIt is that time again to take stock of the new food trends that are being bandied about in the popular press. Let’s check out what the World Wide Web reveals about 2014 hot food trends.

 But why bother?

 Before I even open up one of these stories, I can enumerate several so-called trends:

1. local food

2. natural

3. organic

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.

National Restaurant Association - American Culinary Federation

From the NRA and ACF:

Top 10 food trends for 2014:

Locally sourced meats and seafood

Locally grown produce

Environmental sustainability

Healthful kids’ meals

Gluten-free cuisine

Hyper-local sourcing (e.g. restaurant gardens)

Children’s nutrition

Non-wheat noodles/pasta (e.g. quinoa, rice, buckwheat)

Sustainable seafood

Farm/estate branded items

 

CBS: Hot food trends to expect in 2014

 

Huffington Post: Food trends 2014: cauliflower is the new kale

 

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.”

 

The Daily Meal: Top Food Trend Predictions

Selected highlights:

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.


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