Hey Guys, just got my ticket to this Kee-Raa-Zee NYTimes and NPR sponsored NYE Bash at Tao. Everyone’s gonna be there. Steve Inskeep. Frank Bruni. Even Sulzburger is supposedly gonna come and do a champagne tweet at midnight. Anywhooz, per the yuesh, we’re doing our Food Trends Report. So strap on your
hoverboard Segway and let’s get Cruisin.
TREND: Michelin Starred Fast Food
With the announcement from Per Se veteran Tom “Thomas” Keller that he’s opening up a fast food concept, the world waited with baited breath for any info. And now we know that in Feb 2016 we’ll get our first taste of “Carrots and Stuff.” His first foray into the realm of fast casual will serve just that – carrots and stuff. Keller said “I am a huge fan of carrots and they are a logical item to center a menu around so we locked ourselves in our test kitchen in Yuntville and went balls to the wall hard on menu conceptualization and decided that carrots are just the best way to anchor our food ideology to fast casual.” Guests will enter the restaurant through a row of raised beds filled with real dirt and place their order at a counter with a farmer wearing Hedley And Bennett overalls. (The FOH staff is made up of real farmers and each member lives local and was organically and ethnically raised by parents on the UWS). Guests will choose what type of carrot they want and then choose a cooking style: “Raw” “steamed ala sauna” “grilled a la plancha” or “roasted ala oven” and then be able to add on a variety of sauces and dips like the “mojo loco tequila bucking bronco spicy habanjero tex mex salsa sauce.” (On a campaign stop Ben Carson was not a huge fan of the “blended chickpea roasted red pepper lemon juice olive oil spread.” )
TREND: Chefs in your Kitchen
The founder of Tindr announced at the last tech crunch his new app “Chefs@Home” would be ready for late Q1 early Q2 or mid Q1.5 time frame and we are so excited for this trend. Chefs@Home blends blue apron, Tindr and Flycleaners into one user friendly experience where you swipe for local chefs driving around in a van. Within 1 hour a chef arrives, brings up all the ingredients to your apartment and cooks you dinner. You can choose the ethnic style of the chef as well as choosing their sex. Each chef’s profile displays a photo of them in a bathing suit and posing with a tiger and or catching a fish flexing.
TREND: Super specialized Food Publications
After announcing her departure from her successful long and fruitful tenure at Food and Wine Magazine , Dana Cowin was sure to take on a big challenge in 2016. And her press conference from atop the hot air balloon of Jose Andres was a brilliant way to announce her new project. As Head Publisher and Generalisimo Executive Creative Director of “Foods from 2006-present and Wine from 1960-1970 Magazine” she’s proven that our trend of super specialized food publications is definitely a trend worth watching.
TREND: General Intolerence
Dairy, Soy and Gluten have all their days in the sun as the media “stars” of the intolerance storyline. But in 2016 we’re expecting general intolerance to skyrocket into new realms. Already we’re seeing small but steady reports of olive oil intolerance , pulp intolerance and kale intolerance. In order to combat this, restaurants more are marking on their menu which menu items are “olive oil, dairy, gluten, meat, fat and salt free” which is providing diners with a great deal of transparency to make informed decisions easy for the kitchen to follow.
TREND: New Drinking Age influences age restrictions for food consumption
State Government agencies in 6 states are examining bills that would make it illegal for anyone under 16 to drink soda without being accompanied by an adult that is also drinking soda. So not only must consent be given, but the adult must also purchase a soda. The bill is expected to pass in Oregon, New Hampshire, New York and possibly Florida. If the bill does pass expect new bills limiting age relative to consumption to pop up on the ballot. Already we’ve heard whispers that 2 states in the Southwest will be trying to make almond consumption illegal and Vermont will vote to make eating beef illegal for anyone under the age of 18 on the November ballot.