2016 food trend crystal ball?

2016 FOOD (2a)I always enjoy reading and hearing about expected trends in food. I love to try new dishes and flavors and enjoy experimenting in my own kitchen when given the chance.

With that, members of the American Culinary Federation have identified food categories they believe will be the 2016 food trends. Over 1,600 chefs were surveyed by the National Restaurant Association’s annual “What’s Hot: 2016 Culinary Forecast“.

5 center of the plate trends:

  • Locally sourced meats and seafood
  • New cuts of meat
  • Sustainable seafood
  • Free-range pork and poultry
  • Street food inspired main courses

5 appetizers and main plates:

  • Fresh/house-made sausage
  • House-made charcuterie
  • Vegetarian appetizers
  • Ethnic/street food inspired appetizers
  • Seafood charcuterie

5 preparation methods that will be popular in 2016:

  • Pickling
  • Fermenting
  • Smoking
  • Sous vide
  • Fire roasting

Keep an eye on these movers and shakers:

  • African flavors
  • Authentic ethnic cuisine
  • Ethnic condiments/spices
  • House-made/artisan soft drinks
  • Middle Eastern flavors

Which of these most excites you? I personally have a meat grinder on Christmas wish list, look out homemade sausage and other ground meat products!


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Men vs Women: Takeout food preferences…Fun Fact Friday

GrubHub, a mobile food ordering service has indicated that there are gender differences in takeout orders which include day, time, location, and food type. MeatingPlace.com recently reported that GrubHub analyzed one year’s data of more than 30,000 restaurants in 700 cities and found:

– Both men and women most frequently ordered pizza, fries, salad, and soups. However, that is where the similarities end. Men tend to favor American type foods, while women more commonly ordered Asian inspired dishes.

Men were also more likely to order: Boneless Chicken Wings, Chicken Parmesan, General Tso’s Chicken, and Bacon Cheeseburgers.

Women were more likely to order: Seaweed Salad, Edamame, Avocado Rolls, House Salads, and Shrimp Tempura Rolls.

GrubHub also tracked “fad” foods, and found that women prefer healthier menu options than men.

“Fad” food chosen by men included: Bacon, Poutine, Sriracha, Biscuits, and Fried Chicken.

“Fad” foods chosen by women included: Chia Seeds, Pressed Juice, Cupcakes, Frozen Yogurt, and Beets.

And finally, GrubHub also found that men are 55% more likely to order food between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. than women; and men are more likely to place pick-up orders than women. However, women are 30% more likely to order food to work than men. Women are also more likely to order food during breakfast hours (8 a.m.-11 a.m.) than men.

Do these trends fit you? I have to admit that neither one fits me very well. I am a good mix of both the male and female trends described by GrubHub!

brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts and bacon! A great combination 🙂


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