Trend –Spotting with Emily Ellyn

It won’t be long before these coastal trends make it mainstream. The culinary world is all about experimentation and fun with a playful side. So grab a group of adventurous friends and give these a try at your favorite restaurants.

On The Table:

• Sustainable, local and natural ingredients: funky root veggies, fun heirloom varietals, home made condiments with regional flair (local hot sauce!)
• Expanding options for special diets: creative vegetarian entrée options and sides, gluten-free cuisine to meet the demands.
• Good-for-the-gut fermented foods: from pickles, yogurt, and cheese, to kombucha, and of course, beer!
• Emerging flavors: smoke, tobacco, fermented and aged in barrels, will be seen on menus everywhere.
• Size matters: tacos, sliders, and “small bites” trump supersized sandwiches and wraps.

Ethnic Foods:

• Greek food is fighting for center plate, with interesting takes on hummus, baba ganoush, and artisan olive oils. Dipping is in!
• Puerto Rican cuisine is making a mark (Disney just put in a huge Puerto Rico kiosk in Epcot).
• Cuba is in the news and on the plate in 2015. Cuban food and culture will work its way into mainstream “fusions.”
• Asian-inspired ramen, seaweed, and matcha will continue to find their way onto mainstream menus.

Dessert and After Dinner:

• Savory desserts, with salted and smoked components.
• Gelato and house-made ice creams and yogurts.
• House made candies and small clever confections.
• Artisan organic coffee beverages with an emphasis on sourcing.

Cocktails and Drinks:

• More attention to glassware and how beverages are presented, served.
• Beer continues to be King! Local house brews offer interesting choices as well as “Hopstails.”
• “Small batch” distilleries producing quality local wine, spirits, and barrel-aged drinks.
• Shared punches, shrubs, and sangria for the table.
• Culinary Cocktails that taste savory and mimic classic or fun dishes. “Pizza martini, anyone?”
• Cider is hot and will take over drink menus by fall and take us through next winter.


Emily and Alton


Be sure to catch Emily Ellyn competing on Cutthroat Kitchen, February 15 at 10pm on The Food Network!