(I just love sensationalistic headlines and big words). Last week I posted the Huffington Post’s “11 food trends seen over the past year“. Here are their predictions for the “Food Trends 2012”
- Fast Casual Asian. Check – We’ve got that already.
- Frontiers In Taps – I had no clue what this meant, so here it is spelled out:
“…more and more bars and restaurants have shown that you can do a lot more with a tap than pour Sierra Nevada.
The bartenders at acclaimed New York Czech restaurant Hospoda can pour normal beer into a whole host of different textures and tastes by playing with taps. Mario Batali’s Birreria is doing great things with wine on tap. By pouring wine glasses from huge barrels, bars waste far less wine than they would if they had to pour from bottles; the excess at the end of a night is just kept til the next day rather than being poured down a drain. A few restaurants, like Bull & Bear in Chicago, have even tried out self-serve taps, which encourage people to try more beers than they otherwise would have.”
If anyone out there is feeling generous, I’d like a nice barrel of a good Pinot for the holidays.
- French Dips. Hmm. I’d try them again. Reminds me of Denny’s.
- THE FALL OF FOOD TRUCKS!!! I jumped over to foodcartsportland to see if they were talking about this story, but all they seemed to have was lists of foodcarts that are closing. According to Huffington Post,
…But the real death knell for the trend may have been food trucks’ adoption by mainstream companies like Applebee’s and Jack in the Box. Bye-bye, cool factor. We expect food trucks to be added to the lame list in 2012
- More Mezcal – I have my name engraved on a plaque in Los Angeles, for eating the most meguey worms without vomiting. True story. (I was young, and… and… innocent)
- Pretzels – Maybe the food carts will start selling more of them! Oh, wait. Hmm. The article suggests incorporating them into fried chicken, cookies and ice cream sundaes among other things.
- Niche Hyperlocal Cuisines – We are almost there.
- Rabbit & Goat – Portland has had both for years. I enjoy both.
- Mismatched Dishes – as in cups, saucers and plates. Makes me think of Thistle. I like that.
- Chicken Skin – Not healthy, but sounds good. Seems like I’ve seen it on menus.
- Sour Beer – let me know how that works out for you.
- Affordable Home Sous Vide – If you read the article, they do backpedal a bit, but I so think they are wrong on this one.
So what do you think? Is Portland still ahead of the curve? Will food carts being to vanish? Jump over to the Huff Post and read the article. It’s got pictures!