Salt is by far one of the oldest and most prolifically used ingredients in recipes around the world. Second-to-none when it comes to infusing dishes with flavor, there is not a single chef’s spice rack that does not prominently feature at least one type of cooking salt.
If you work in the U.S. pizza industry, are thinking of globally expanding your pizza operation, or are opening a pizzeria for the first time, you will be happy to learn that the forecast is shining brightly for the future success of the pizza business.
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.
Tempeh is not only tempting… Tempeh is in demand! The ancient ingredient, which has long been a staple in traditional Indonesian cuisine, is no longer favored by vegans only, nor is it relegated to niche health food stores or to the ‘healthy’ aisle.
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.”
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 popular food trends are taking prominence on restaurant menus this year? Food industry specialists predict the proliferation of spices and flavors from around the world. Let’s take a closer look at what they have to say, including the specific ethnic cuisines taking center stage, why the modern surge in global flavor exploration, and what chefs need to know about ingredient selection and cooking methods for preparing an authentic ethnic dish.
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.
In an age when national coffee chains and heavy hitters like Starbucks have been dominating the market, can your local coffee shop or regional coffee chain survive? Indeed, as the year 2019 sets in, the question on everyone’s mind is: Can the small coffee shop owner compete against the big guns and live to tell the tale?
The New Year has arrived, making this the perfect time to check out the latest wedding catering trends. Whether you manage a restaurant, catering service, food bar, take-out operation, or food truck, here are some of the wedding food trends on the horizon for 2019.