If you work in the restaurant or catering business, you’ve already heard the buzz about trending fruit powders and vegetable powders and how manufacturers are adding them to products to cater to a health-conscious public. Likewise, a growing number of chefs have become aware of the practical advantages of using dehydrated vs. fresh produce and are adding them to recipes to meet demands from consumers hungry for more nutritious and natural foods and drinks.
Welcome to the Buckwheat Guide for Foodservice Professionals and to the latest addition in our ongoing series on Trending Ancient Grains and Seeds. As we have seen, ‘ancient’ has been experiencing a rebirth in the food industry, breathing life into foods that have been in existence for thousands of years but are now returning to the spotlight.
Teff, a tiny grain with a lengthy history, is trending huge in the 2019 food industry. Popularly used in traditional Ethiopian cooking for thousands of years and still a staple of African cuisine today, teff’s spot in the modern limelight follows the trajectory of the other ancient grains we have been following in our ongoing “Trending Seeds and Grains” series.
Welcome to the world of amaranth, another ancient grain making a modern-day comeback. A relatively unknown powerhouse until recently, amaranth is now rapidly climbing the ‘superfood’ charts, emerging as one of the hottest trends in the food industry.
If Zero-Waste Cooking is not on your menu, it’s time to step up to the plate and bring your business’s fighting-food-waste program up to date. One of several new strategies to combat the ongoing issue of food wastage in the foodservice industry, this one ranks number three on the National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s Hot Culinary Forecast.”
Avocado oil is no newcomer to the food industry. In fact, it is well-known for its multiple health benefits, which is why food experts deemed it a superfood and why its recent popularity has been soaring. Many restaurants prize avocado oil for cooking, and it is now a staple ingredient in many salads, entrees, and main course recipes.
The 2019 catering trends have emerged, and if you like the flavor of ‘taste menus’ that allow you to sample a little bit of this and a little bit of that, you’re going to love what’s on the table in foodservice for the year ahead. From futuristic culinary masterpieces that delight consumers who are hungry for new, innovative dishes, to full inventories of ancient spices and grains that date back to the Stone Age, there is plenty of variety for your chefs to sink their teeth into.
Specialty grains and alternative flours are in demand! The new food trends reflect growing consumer calls for plant-based ingredients, gluten-free alternatives to flour, and an increasing appetite for ancient grains that are not only packed with nutrients but packed with flavors and textures that breathe new life into traditional recipes and dishes.
What’s new in citrus fruits? When it comes to the US food market, a lot. This is good news if you work in the foodservice industry and are reading this… Not only will you get the full scoop on unique citrus flavors to add to your recipes, but you will be on the cutting-edge of the latest food trends – and a cut above your competition.
In our recent article, “Restaurant Robotics Are Here to Stay,” we talked about the dawn of the robot age and whether robots entering the food industry meant that people (waiters, chefs, bartenders) were on their way out. We concluded that only time would tell but urged restaurant owners to continue to follow automation trends while acknowledging that the human element was unlikely to be eliminated altogether.